Student Learning

Brentwood Secondary College is a vibrant learning community where all students are supported and encouraged to achieve success and to pursue excellence. 

All students at Brentwood Secondary College are encouraged to set learning goals, to be reflective and to do their personal best. The school day is divided into four 75 minute periods. The year 7-10 curriculum is centred upon the Victorian Curriculum. For more information about the Victorian Curriculum please visit Victorian Curriculum F-10  

Students can elect to participate in the Instrumental Music program which provides students with the opportunity to learn an instrument and to perform in an ensemble. 

Students entering Brentwood Secondary College at Year 7 have the opportunity to apply for a place in the Curriculum Enrichment Program. The program is offered to Year 7 students who demonstrate academic skills above those of their peer group. 

In Years 8 and 9, students undertake a core curriculum and access an increasingly broad range of units of study that are organised on an elective basis. 

In Years 9 and 10 students are encouraged to experience a wide range of subjects.  Providing students with the opportunity to discover a passion is a guiding philosophy at year 9.  Senior school is an opportunity to specialise and for students to narrow their focus to specific areas of interest in their study of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). 

Brentwood Secondary College Enrichment Program 2021

Students entering Brentwood Secondary College at Year 7 in 2021 have the opportunity to apply for a place in the Curriculum Enrichment Program. This program is offered to year 7 students who demonstrate academic skills above those of their peer group. Year 7 students in the program undertake the same core subjects as the rest of the year level, in addition to further enrichment and in-depth studies of the curriculum. There is a greater emphasis on higher order thinking skills, as well as independent learning and research. Students in the enrichment program will also be expected to engage in extension activities through academic competitions, excursions and school-based activities. Participation in the program is dependent on students continuing to satisfy criteria reflecting the college values for learning and community. 

The enrichment program will: 

  • accelerate the pace of learning in all subjects and add a broader range of enriching experiences 
  • allow for the potential to accelerate by a whole year level in Mathematics – year 10 content completed by the end of year 9 
  • implement programs that are consistent with the Victorian Curriculum 
  • eliminate repetition 
  • limit practice of already mastered skills 
  • ensure higher order thinking is an integral process in student learning 
  • make provision for in-depth study 
  • be culturally inclusive, and affirm students’ cultural and linguistic backgrounds 
  • include provision for the continuation of appropriate EAL and other support, where required 
  • ensure that accelerated learning leaves no significant gaps in a student’s knowledge, skills, behaviours and understandings. 

Two dedicated classes comprise students who have been selected for the enrichment program, one studies German language and the other Japanese language. The program runs as a dedicated ASPIRE group for the same group of students for three years. Students will be expected to study language until at least the end of year 9.

 

Entry into the Enrichment Program at Year 7 for 2021

Due to the inability to hold any formalized testing of students onsite this year to determine selection for the Enrichment Program, the following process will be used in lieu of earlier communications. 

Students interested in being considered for selection into the 2021 Year 7 Enrichment program are now invited to register their interest and provide the following information required electronically via this link to a secure Brentwood One Drive location:  https://filerequestpro.com/up/enrichment.

Please note that submissions will close at 9am Wednesday 28th October. 

  • A letter of introduction  

This letter is to be no longer than one page and is to be written by the student. Whilst it will not be used as part of the selection process it will provide teachers with an insight into the students as learners and individuals to support them in progressing their learning further. We ask that the letter please provide us with the following; your understanding of what an enrichment program is, what you hope to get out of being in the program and what you would bring in terms of your personal qualities and learning preferences. We would also like to know a little about your interests, hobbies and passions beyond your academic achievements. 

  • A resume 

This resume is to be no longer than one page and provide us with a snapshot, in bullet points, of your academic achievements in, but not limited to, the following; 

Academic competitions you have participated in and your performance 

Involvement in the Higher Abilities Program for 2020 if selected 

Selection and participation in any enrichment and/or extension activities 

    • Year 5 NAPLAN Results Report
    • Year 5 Semester Two & Year 6 Semester One School Reports
    • A piece of writing they have completed this year with the teacher feedback that was provided 

Parents are also asked to complete a short survey about your child as a learner here to support their application.  

Link to parent survey: https://tinyurl.com/y4l87ga6

In addition to the information you will be providing above, we will also be using the Victorian Curriculum judgement data provided by each of our feeder primary schools in determining selection. 

The Enrichment Program Selection Criteria this year will be; 

  • Consistent high performance across all the data sets and reports provided 
  • Compatible strengths in both literacy and numeracy skills 
  • Excellent written communication skills 

**Please note that consideration will be given to ensuring gender balance in the selection of the Enrichment classes and that some students may not be able to study their preferred language to ensure selection in the program. 

Students will be notified if they have been successfully selected for the program via email on Friday 6th November 2020. 

Should you have any further questions regarding the program and process please do not hesitate to contact Ben Franklin – Director of Teaching and Learning via email: Ben.Franklin@education.vic.gov.au or call the school on 8545 0300. 

 

Enrichment Program Application Checklist:  

  • Student written introduction letter 
  • Student Resume 
  • Year 5 NAPLAN Results Report 
  • Year 5 Semester 2 Report and Year 6 Semester 1 Report 
  • A piece of writing they have completed this year with the teacher feedback that was provided
  • Parent Survey 

Transition to VCE

Students transitioning from the Curriculum Enrichment Program at the end of year 9 into senior school may be offered the opportunity to undertake two VCE studies in year 10.