Damascus College promotes an environment in which students are inspired and challenged to reach their potential within a Catholic context.

All students are valued and encouraged to strive to become independent learners with the capabilities to apply knowledge and skills as they are challenged to make a contribution to global society in the twenty first century.

Our contemporary and innovative curriculum is informed by a number of key documents including the College Vision and Mission Statement, Teaching and Learning Policy, the Australian Curriculum, the Victorian Curriculum Framework, VCAA and the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).

In Years 7 and 8, the students participate in programs that encourage the further development of foundational skills and knowledge, building on their experiences of the primary years. They also experience a range of new subjects in the Arts and Technology.

In Years 9 and 10, students are encouraged to pursue pathways that enhance their interests and challenged to make links between concepts and processes in a purposeful environment.

Years 11 and 12 provides opportunities for each student to realise their potential and to further develop independent learning skills as they complete their secondary education.

The College offers a comprehensive range of VCE subjects. VCAL is also offered for students who are pursuing a vocational pathway. VET subjects are available both on and off campus as part of a VCE or VCAL program.

At Damascus College we offer a holistic education experience with a range of innovative learning and teaching programs to maximise the educational outcomes for our students.

The below snapshot steps you through some of these programs at Damascus College.

Matthew Byrne, Principal

Snapshot of our Learning & Teaching Programs

Our Careers program offers a professional service for Damascus students that meets the challenges of the changing world of work in which we live.

It focuses on:

  • It focuses on incorporating careers education in to the curriculum
  • Supporting appropriate student pathway selection into senior certificates such as the VCE, VCAL and Vocational Education and Training (VET).
  • Enrichment activities and opportunities to learn from employers, including visiting speakers, career counselling and mentoring.
  • Every student to learn through first-hand experience at work experience, work visits and work shadowing
  • Ensuring every student understands the full range of opportunities available to them, both academic, vocational and in the workplace

More information on the Careers Program at Damascus can be found here

This team of staff support the academic and social needs of students by working on strategies that enable the student to meet the goals they set for themselves in conjunction with their families and educators.

The team works with:

  • Students with disability, special and additional needs
  • Literacy and numeracy interventions
  • Gifted and talented students
  • Strategic interventions

And will work on:

  • Monitoring progress of students with additional needs, and identifying and coordinating support mechanisms required to meet the educational, pastoral, safety and health needs of each student
  • Partnering with parents/guardians in developing the program to suit each student's needs
  • Involving student and parents/guardians in the Personalised Learning Plan in Program Support Group and Review meetings

The College offers a range of programs to support each young person to achieve success and ensure engagement with their learning in line with the National Disability and Discrimination Act.

More information on our Diverse Learning Program can be found here

A practical hands-on learning environment covering scientific, mathematical and technological knowledge, allowing the application of skills in project/scenario-based learning activities. This develops Higher Order Thinking Skills including the transfer of learning, problem solving and critical thinking skills. This program runs over 15 periods in a 10 day cycle in Semester 1 and 18 periods in a 10 day cycle in Semester 2.

Units can include:

• Thunderstorm's Asthma

• Robotics

• Kite Design

• X & Y marks the Spot

• Amusement park ride of the future

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an internationally recognised approach to teaching both a language and subject content at the same time, for example teaching Humanities content using French as the medium of instruction.

Students electing CLIL will study a language (French or Indonesian) and in addition they will apply that learning to their elected Humanities class in the foreign language.

This Hands on Learning Program (HoLP) focuses on learning by doing that caters to the different ways young people learn, helping to build confidence and capacity, leading to greater engagement and achievement in schools. It develops students social and emotional learning skills to succeed in life, these are:

  • Collaboration
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Resilience
  • Empathy

Students are selected to be part of HoLP which prepares them for their senior years of schooling where students and teachers work collaboratively to negotiate, create and implement meaningful and practical projects that benefit the school and the community. Students build self-esteem, friendships and a sense of belonging and become more content at school.

A targeted approach to acquiring the key social and emotional learning skills to be a success in Senior School.

Consisting of:

  • Academic Mentoring- 1:1 and Group mentoring with all students
  • Study skills workshops lead by Elevate Education – maximising study period and work life balance and tailored study programs focusing on soft skills and growth mindset
  • Career counselling workshops and follow ups throughout the year
  • Wellbeing workshops (prevention and intervention) and presentations lead by key external facilitators in the areas of mental health, social responsibilities and nutrition.
  • Tailored academic workshops in key subjects, to assist students in the lead up to exams
  • VCE Support Group counselling, programs and interventions

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