Village High School (VHS) is a new, independent high school in South Gippsland, Victoria, opening in 2019 (subject to VRQA registration).
Village High School will open to year 7 students in 2019. Year levels will then be added progressively with VHS growing to years 7-12 by 2024.
Students come to VHS from our sister (primary) schools, Koonwarra Village School (KVS) and Phillip Island Village School (PIVS), and also from other primary schools and educational models.
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We plan to remain a small school, to allow our students to be known and valued as individuals. When Village High School reaches its full size, it is expected that enrolments will be no more than 120 students across all year levels.
What our students are like
Village High School students have a ‘spark’ for learning and a willingness to try new things. They actively participate in and contribute to the school community. Students starting at VHS will have a capability for independent learning and self-management, and some development of social and emotional intelligence. We are careful in our selection of students and assess their fit with the VHS teaching and learning approach as part of our Enrolment Process.
To deliver a diverse and personalised educational program at VHS, we will work together with families to support students and enable them to follow their interests. This may require families to commit to helping their children with transport or other logistics in order to allow them to pursue some activities.
Like our primary schools, Village High School operates on a slightly different timetable to other schools. Instead of four terms, we have eight six-week cycles throughout the year (five weeks of school followed by a one-week cycle break). School commences at the same time as other schools at the start of the year and finishes at the same time at the end of the year. In the middle of the year we have a two-week cycle break (in line with the Term 2 holidays of government schools). The total number of days that VHS students are at school is roughly the same as at other schools. We have found that breaking our year into six-week cycles allows students and mentors to be refreshed and fully engaged for the full cycle without experiencing a slump as the term progresses.
Interactions with the wider community
We aim to provide students with authentic learning experiences at Village High School, and this may include utilising the expertise and skills of community members and organising job placements to give students real world experiences.
We will also foster links with the wider Gippsland community and our sister schools. Students will regularly leave campus to visit other parts of the community, spend time in nature and go on camps.
Deciding whether Village High School is for you
At Village High School we are aiming to provide an alternative, forward-thinking educational opportunity. This means that the way we approach teaching and learning may differ significantly from a mainstream high school. Some of the key differences are:
If the above points align with your personal and family values, then Village High School may be a good match for you and your family.