On Friday 27 April, Monterey Secondary College’s VCAL Connect Program received the VCAA VCAL Partnership Award for 2017 for their work with Parks Victoria.
The Awards, presented at Deakin Edge, Federation Square celebrate outstanding achievements of young people who participate and complete a VCAL qualification and recognise the contribution and achievement of VCAL teachers and partner organisations in the development and delivery of innovative VCAL programs.
On Friday April 27, Monterey welcomed Paul Edbrooke MP, State Member for Frankston, to announce $15 million in funding for the Stage 1 of the Frankston North Education Precinct, including Monterey Secondary College, Mahogony Rise Primary School, and Aldercourt Primary School.
Transforming education, good health and wellbeing for the Frankston North community
Last year, the community was asked to contribute thoughts and ideas for the Frankston North Education Plan.
Thanks to their input, and that from education experts, this plan will make sure kids are ready and resilient when they start school, and will support lifelong learning in the wider community.
The Victorian Government will invest $15 million to deliver the first stage of a plan to lift education outcomes for students at Monterey Secondary College, Mahogany Rise and Aldercourt Primary Schools.
The feedback demonstrated that disadvantage, and health and social challenges were leaving many children unprepared for school – resulting in higher absenteeism, lower results and more students leaving school early. For more information, see the Frankston North Education Plan.
The $15 million first stage funding for the precinct will provide:
- $9.5 million to upgrade Monterey Secondary College, including developing a ‘centre of excellence’ that will align with local industry needs, and expanding the Doctors in Secondary Schools Program facilities
- $5 million to upgrade Mahogany Rise Primary School, including integrating a nearby early learning centre
- $500,000 to start planning for Stage 2, including upgrading Aldercourt Primary School.
On Tuesday 24th April, 4 students from Monterey accompanied by Ms. Columbine and Ms. Jones – Pinkett attended the ANZAC Day Schools Service at the Seaford RSL along with other schools in the Seaford/Frankston North Area. The students participated in a Wreath laying service and paid their respects to those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
The Monterey community would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the visiting students and teachers from our sister school, the Adhyapana School in Madurai, India. The group will be spending the next 10 days visiting Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula and will spend some time attending classes at our school. Later in Term 3, a group of students from Monterey will travel to Madurai and spend some time at the Adhyapana School.
The school would also like to thank the staff and families who will be hosting students and teachers for the duration of their stay.
I wish all the Year 12 students a very Happy Easter and a great holiday break. They have worked very hard this term. Many of them will be coming in during their break for extra classes which will help them improve their results. However, there is some time for fun as the photo shows. Some Year 12 students and I were part of an Easter Egg Hunt on the last day of school.
Year 12 Coordinator
Friday morning at 5 am, Troy, Cody, Mathew, and Matthew, along with Mr Rowley, began their 4-day trip to Tasmania. After a flight, a bus trip, and a ferry, we found ourselves on Maria Island, a small island off the east coast of Tasmania. The trip was organized by Federation University and Anglicare, and was designed as a way to mentor and guide selected students on what they want to do in the future.
Our students have now moved from the old classrooms into their new and updated learning spaces. The new Learning Centre was designed with contemporary educational design, both open and closed learning spaces and take advantage of natural light and acoustics. The spaces will soon be fitted out with state of the art technology which will help our teachers create environments that inspire our students to learn.
On Wednesday 14th February, Monterey Secondary College welcomed the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, and Member for Frankston, Paul Edbrooke to officially open our new Administration buildings and VCE & Learning Centres.