Mortlake College is a Prep to Year 12 learning environment that serves the rural district surrounding Mortlake, a sheep, beef, cropping and dairy farming area about 50 kilometres north of Warrnambool. In 2016 our student enrolment is 235 and we have 26 teaching staff and 7 school support staff.
As a P-12 school we believe a great strength is our ability to provide a seamless transition between primary and secondary schooling as we have an extensive knowledge of every students' learning and social needs.
Our school has a focus on continuous improvement in every aspect of school life. We aim to maximise each student’s potential so that all will experience success. Our school goals focus on improving our students’ levels of achievement in all domains of the curriculum. Our school has three distinct learning teams to develop and deliver curriculum at the different stages of learning, acknowledging age appropriate needs. The physical layout of the school reflects the sub school groupings with areas for P-4, 5-7 and 8-12.
In 2013 we introduced a ‘vertical curriculum’ for Years 8-12 which broadens the range of subject choices for students and provides a structure for students to work at a level more suited to their needs. A similar structure operates in the Years 5-7 sub-school. We also introduced a new house system which has been enthusiastically embraced by staff and students alike. The house names reflect the school’s philosophy: Inspire, Endeavour, Succeed.
Our school provides students with the opportunity to excel in a range of ‘enrichment’ programs: performing arts (which includes production and festival performances); public speaking; instrumental music; sporting teams and camps and excursions at all year levels, including biennial tours of New Zealand and Japan. We combine the best of a traditional approach to teaching with innovative and exciting programs at all levels.
There is a strong partnership between parents and staff with a high level of participation in classroom programs such as 'Classroom Helpers' and also in broad school activities and programs such as the school productions.
Mortlake College is proud of its achievements in student learning. We have a strong focus on literacy and numeracy at all levels and we are committed to Reading Recovery as an effective early intervention strategy. Individual Learning Plans strengthen our results by addressing the needs of individual students.
One of the great strengths of the school has been our excellent VCE results over a long period of time, and in 2013 our group did very well. The Year 12 dux in 2014 was Charmarelle McCarroll who achieved an ATAR score that placed her in the top 6% of students in the state. Charmarelle was the recipient of the Smith McPherson Rural Trust Scholarship valued at over $60,000. Our staff is committed to giving students the best possible chances to maximise their results through smaller class sizes and knowledge of individual student learning.
In the Attitudes to School Survey, our student responses are above the state average. This indicates that students at both the primary and secondary levels have a strong sense of belonging and an enjoyment of school. Positive Education principles were introduced last year and these are designed to provide students with an understanding of what factors assist in creating a sense of wellbeing.
Over the past four years we have introduced and developed the Restorative Practices model of behaviour management. Our staff has undergone extensive training in the model and it is practised across the whole school. Each student is aware that they will be held accountable for their behaviour and will be dealt with fairly and consistently.
We have a very strong welfare support team across the school including our Welfare Officer, Kerry Boyden, our school nurse, Michael Malady, our school chaplain Jess Duncombe our sub-school, leaders and our house mentors. We are committed to providing the best possible learning environment for all our students so that they can reach their potential and experience success.
We welcome prospective parents contacting the school at any time for a school tour and a discussion about how we can best meet the needs of your child/children.