Our College

About GWSC

Mission

Glen Waverley Secondary College provides a positive, caring and supportive learning community, where diversity is highly valued, lifelong learning is embraced and all students have the opportunity to create their own personal futures. The College embraces the development of a collaborative learning culture which values innovative pedagogy and seeks to create and sustain a learning community which supports personalised continuous progression of learning, developing powerful autonomous, lifelong learners with ability to create personal futures.

As a high performing school, Glen Waverley Secondary College prides itself on academic excellence in an environment where individual and collective student academic, sporting, music and the arts achievements are recognised and celebrated. Underlying the focus on excellence is the recognition that this can only be achieved in an environment where students are happy, healthy and resilient.

The core purpose and work of Glen Waverley Secondary College is captured in the College Vision and Values, emphasising the importance of 'creating and sustaining a Learning Community where everyone continually learns and grows'. The Vision and Values links the three essential components of the GWSC Learning Community:

History

Glen Waverley High School opened for students in 1960, in a set of Nissen huts.

The current College is a product of three separate secondary schools amalgamating in the early 1990s.

Syndal Secondary College and Lawrence Secondary College (the latter having a 'Technical School' specialisation) joined the existing Glen Waverley Secondary College to become an amalgamated school, sharing students, staff, and resources.

This came at a time when the Government was pursuing a policy of creating 'super' schools, rationalising small schools with dwindling enrolments out of existence. The belief was that larger schools would have a greater ability to offer a broad curriculum.

Lawrence closed first, followed by Syndal. The latter school continued as a junior campus (years 7 and 8) prior to closing. Syndal's hall still remains and is used by Glendal Primary School.

The buildings on the sites of these former schools were demolished, and the land was used for housing developments.

Houses

The College has four "Houses". The Houses are used to organise form groups within year levels, as well as forming the basis of sporting teams.

Bradman House is named after Sir Donald Bradman, the famous Australian cricketer. This House's colour is green, taken from the colour of a cricket ground.

Elliott House is named after Herb Elliott, a former Australian athlete. The House's colour is red, taken from the colour of a red urethane athletics track.

Fraser House is named after Dawn Fraser, the champion Australian swimmer. This House's colour is blue, derived from the colour of the water of a swimming pool.

Goolagong House is named after Evonne Goolagong, the famous Australian tennis player. This House's colour is yellow, from the colour of a tennis ball.

House sports competitions do not occur as frequently as in other schools of Victoria. In terms of competitions, the school focuses mainly on inter-school competition, where it has been very successful.

The two main annual internal sporting events for the school are the House Athletics and House Swimming Carnivals, in which students compete in up to five individual events (and optionally a relay event) to earn points for their house.

Campus Redevelopment

The College's older style buildings have gradually been replaced by newer style buildings.

Library

Commissioned in mid-April 2007, the Library provides natural-light-filled reading areas, fluorescent-lit private study areas, a central convention space, and the usual complement of library support spaces. The building includes computer labs and a Sick Bay, the latter staffed by a full-time school nurse.

Art Wing

Once the existing school library building had been decommissioned, the base building was refitted to serve as the College's new Art precinct. Exterior walls were partially 'pushed out, opening the space up and providing for studio-style learning spaces. The core structure is of a clear span construction, and was very suited to this conversion. As well as large internal spaces, the Arts building sports an external decking that students use for open air painting and sketching, as well as for socialising during recess and lunchtime.

Administration Block

The administration block was among the first spaces to be delivered, and sits on O'Sullivan Road, providing a clear entrance to the College, and clarifying the layout of the school. Previously, the Administration area was located in the centre of the site.

The Administration block provides accommodation for the Principal class teachers, as well as the General Office, Business Manager, Daily Organiser, Facilities Manager, and a Professional Learning suite. Network technical support is also located there.

Senior Centre

As part of the redevelopment, minor extension work and reforming of the external accesses was carried out on the existing Senior Centre. Access for students with mobility issues was specifically incorporated in the renovations, as previous access mechanisms had been demolished.

Middle School Building

The Middle School Building is a two-storey structure intended primarily for students in years 7 through 9. It is equipped with science and computer labs, and clusters of reconfigurable learning spaces. The key concept to these reconfigurable spaces is that standard-sized classrooms can be easily opened up (by redeploying operable walls) to facilitate team teaching programmes. Interactive whiteboards and projection screens for rich media are also integrated into this building.

The Middle School Office is located on the lower floor of the Middle School Building.

The building is fitted with an elevator for the convenience of students with mobility issues, and for the transporting of stage equipment and other heavy materials.

The Middle School Building and the Senior Centre form the end poles of the central axis of the newly redeveloped precinct of the College grounds.