NMGC has developed a unique concept in the provision of educational services to students. It sets us apart, and provides our students with the career-focus they desire.
Our intention is to develop a series of sub-schools dedicated to providing educational services focused on specific vocational areas. This will mean students can come to NMGC to specialise in their chosen vocational area through their VCE years and do it with like minded people all aspiring to further their studies in the chosen field.
In all of our sub-Schools, students will be expected to complete at least one study of English. In many of the pathways students will be required to complete at least one study of Maths. Both subjects are incredibly important to the majority of pathways. In some cases, students will be required to attain particular levels in these subjects as pre-requisites for entry into certain University level courses.
Elective VCE subjects focusing on the vocational pathway are offered in every one of our sub-Schools. These are designed to cater to the specific interests of the students within the sub-school. Each sub-School will run a subject based on the needs of students in the sub-school. These subjects might include certified courses (like units from Certificate IV in Business) and short courses and seminars that help develop a student’s understanding of their chosen field of study (for example, talks from a Barrister about life as a Barrister).
It is possible for students to do subjects from other sub-Schools (eg a student enrolled in our Business course may wish to do VCE Visual Communication and Design). However, this needs to be discussed as part of the enrolment process.
As at all schools, NMGC can only provide courses where enough students wish to take them. NMGC can make no guarantees about what subjects will be offered from year to year.
We understand that different students achieve at different levels, but we will make our students accountable for their actions. Where we feel students are under-performing or under-achieving, we will strive to place mechanisms in their path to assist or encourage them to achieve their goal.
Our Academic Progress processes strive to ensure only students who have met our standards move on to the next Year Level. Progression to the next Year Level is not a given at NMGC. Where students do not meet our standards – particularly where the reasons are behavioural – and despite repeated attempts to assist them to do so, there will be repercussions.
Upon the successful completion of their studies, our students will be awarded the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). This internationally recognized certificate provides diverse pathways to further study or training at university, apprenticeships or TAFE (Technical and Further Education) and to employment.
We are passionate about helping our students access their preferred vocational pathway (wherever possible). In some of our sub-schools, we can guarantee students who successfully complete their VCE with us will be provided with a place in one of our parent company’s (SCEI) post school (TAFE-level) courses. This means some of our students can pursue their goals knowing they have a place in a tertiary institution if they do not achieve their goals.
The aim is to prepare our students for the move to university, TAFE or employment and provide them with lifelong skills to help manage future career transitions.
To cross from secondary to tertiary, the pathway is simple here at NMGC. Study in any level, reflect on your interests and see how they allign to career options In year 10 we will assist in providing information about your chosen fields, helping to prepare your course research and tertiary applications in year 11.
We also provide a qualified career counselling service, where students may book and appointment and togehter with their parents they can discuss indivudual pathways and other course/career issues.
We will also make annual trips to see some of the Universities close to us and will make use of the facilities and expertise of our parent Institute – Southern Cross Education Institute.
The selection of studies is the responsibility of the student; so you will need to think carefully of what your future goals are. The College’s staff will discuss subject selection with you and assist wherever possible. Once you have made your selection, fill in the study selection form and hand it to an administration/enrolment officer.
Student welfare is integral to the process of teaching and learning. The welfare of all our students and staff is important so that they feel engaged and connected but particular focus is placed on the welfare of students under the age of 18 years. Students will perform best in a stable, safe, supporting and welcoming environment.
The College has a dedicated Welfare Officer who is a qualified psychologist to monitor the wellbeing of all students and provide, where necessary, intervention to consult with students and parents/guardians of students under the age of 18 immediately when an issue arises. In more serious cases, the Welfare Officer will engage external professionals to assist the students; these may include:
The issue may be student raised or teacher raised and will possibly be aligned to teaching and learning, student achievement, attendance, abuse, social problems, or family problems. In all cases of Welfare Officer intervention, the College will abide by privacy laws and will seek to gain the best possible outcome for the student regardless of the issue at hand. The Student handbook lists a number of supporting agencies for students. The College commits to providing professional support wherever and whenever required by both students and staff.
A number of the College’s related Policies and Procedures clearly articulate a zero tolerance to bullying alcohol and drugs. The College is aware that problems will arise and a need for them to be dealt with quickly and efficiently is paramount. These are not limited to but may include:
All College staff are mandated under Section 184 Children Youth and Families ACT 2OO5 to make a report to Child Protection when, in the course of practicing their profession or carrying out the duties of office position or employment, form the belief on reasonable grounds that a child is in need of protection. This is application to students under the age of 18 years. Types of child abuse include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and family violence.
The College will, without question, provide a harmonious environment in which students do not feel apprehension. It is unlawful to discriminate against people because of their age, gender, physical or intellectual disability, marital status, sexuality, country of birth, language, race, creed, religion, culture or other background.
Students under the age of 18 years will be supervised at all times including arrival and departures from the nearby two rail stations. Students with special needs will be factored and catered for through appropriate learning stations and other needs such as toiletry requirements, medication and special dietary requirements. The College will promote group support amongst staff and students and monitor student performance and behaviour.
There are seven minimum child safe standards with an overarching principle of inclusion which applies to each of the Standards.
The intention of these new Child Safe Standards is to make organisations, including schools, consider and address child abuse situations and risks in an integrated and proactive fashion.
Ministerial Order No. 870 ensures that school governing authorities must take account of the diversity of all children, including (but not limited to) the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disabilities, and children who are vulnerable.
The seven standards involve:
Our policies and Code of Conduct are included below.
NMGC has developed three specific policies in response to the Child Safe Standards. Other College policies have been adjusted to reflect the requirements of the Child Safe Standards (eg Employment policies have been changed to reflect the new requirements)
The main policy covering our response to the Child Safe Standards is:
We also have policies on:
We believe extracurricular activities are of great importance to our students and our structure will enable us to provide students with targeted information relevant to their intended career or further study option.
We are currently developing a new Clubs option aimed at providing opportunities for students inside the timetable. As we don’t operate on a 9-3 school day, we have more time to do important things. As part of our Clubs initiative, students can choose to take part in one of the following each Term.
Clubs will only run when students choose to partake in them. Our students will provide feedback on the Clubs offered and we will develop more activities as part of our Clubs program. We aim to add sports and arts clubs to our list offered to students, in the near future.
Give students access to subject teachers.
Provide information and dialogue around key issues facing our students, from mental health to Career and University questions
Opportunities to strengthen bond with fellow students and teachers.