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Our school

Our school is a Year 7 to 12 co-educational Secondary College situated in the regional town of Sunbury, 37 kms North West of Melbourne. It is a growing co-educational secondary College with student enrolment numbers exceeding 700. The College is not ethnically diverse; most students are of Anglo origin, and less than 1% of students speak a language other than English at home.

Sunbury Downs College’s Values:

1. Respectful relationships

2. Ambitious expectations

3. Successful outcomes

4. Resilient behaviours

5. Community engagement

Curriculum

We offer a rich program in an environment with strong student management, high expectations and educational outcomes. The College regards itself as an academic school with a wide range of programs. There is a strong emphasis on core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities; complemented by programs in the Arts/Technology, Performing Arts, Physical Education/Health and Languages (Italian). We also offer a wide range of VCE subjects including some VET studies and a structured rigorous VCAL program.

Special Programs

The College is the only secondary school in the area that offers an Accelerated Curriculum & Enrichment (ACE) Program for academically able students; extending students through a challenging curriculum including early commencement of VCE. The ACE Program is a select entry course with enrolment from our feeder primary schools and becomes a Scholars Program in Years 10 and 11. The College is also accredited as an International School provider.

Co-curricular Activities

SDC offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities and an inter-school sporting program. There are year level and specialised camps and excursions, including an overseas Italian Study Tour and interstate Canberra Trip. The College has a well-established student leadership program and also a House System with whole school carnivals for Athletics and Swimming. SDC offers instrumental music tuition and presents a highly acclaimed Musical Production, enabling students to excel in the Performing Arts in an environment that fosters participation, responsibility and teamwork outside the classroom.

Facilities

The College offers outstanding modern facilities that supports students in their learning, ensuring they are educationally challenged. The College has specialised areas to support the learning of the sciences, technology, arts and sports. There is a modern Education Resource Centre, functional Technology Wing and also an on-site Art – Design – Technology Exhibition space, enabling the display of high quality exemplary student work.

Partnerships

Our College is proud to be in partnership with its community and various organisations, so as to offer and provide the very best for our students. Some of these partnerships include our feeder schools, local businesses and many universities including Melbourne University. In more recent times corporate partners such as the Beacon Foundation have extended their work into our classrooms. We acknowledge that it is the links with the outside world that extends the offerings for our students and community.

I thank you for taking the time to look at our great school to discover the educational opportunities provided to young people seeking high quality secondary education at Sunbury Downs College.

I look forward to you joining me on a tour with the prospect of becoming a member of our community ~ the Sunbury Downs Community.

Maria Oddo

PRINCIPAL

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