Located 256 kilometres east of Perth in the Central Wheatbelt, Merredin College is a lighthouse rural school providing a high quality educational program for 600 students from K-12. We are unique because our students can remain in the safety of the community in which they were born and at the same school for their entire education. Our staff and our families are true partners in the entire schooling process. From 2017, we become an Independent Public School.
Our vision states 'Merredin College is the benchmark in rural educational excellence. We aspire to develop a community of engaged, creative and independent lifelong learners who aim high, value diversity and contribute positively to the global community.' Our rigorous yet supportive teaching programs encourage students to become independent learners; beginning in Kindergarten and developed through to Year 12. Meeting the learning needs of all students is important to us. Programs to support literacy and numeracy are in place. We provide engagement programs for our Aboriginal students and our Education Support students have their needs met through tailored support. ICT is embedded to ensure students learn in a contemporary environment and leave school with the skills needed to function in the 21st Century.
We offer a diverse range of subjects for our K-6 students and pride ourselves on our high quality Music and Dance programs. Specialist teachers and rooms such as the design and technology workshops, science laboratories and the school farm (for the Kitchen Garden project) are accessed by our primary students. This provides amazing opportunities for enrichment and extension, and lessens the angst experienced when students move into secondary. Specialist programs can be introduced from the early years so students have the background to achieve at their potential in Year 12.
For Year 7-10 students, a challenging program is provided in the core areas. Health and Physical Education is highly valued, with many extra opportunities on offer. Arts studies include Art, Dance and Drama. Technology & Enterprise comprises Agriculture, Design & Technology, Home Economics and Information Technology (Computing). Students participate in all elective contexts in Years 7, 8 and 9 and then specialise in Year 10. Streamed classes mean literacy and numeracy support is tailored to meet the needs of 'at risk' students. Homework Classes run twice weekly and provide further support for students.
In Year 11 and 12, students select from a range of School Curriculum and Standards Authority courses that lead to university, Training WA (TAFE), or employment. Merredin College has strong links to CY O'Connor Institute (TAFE), VETiS Consulting and to the local business community providing exceptional opportunities for certificate courses, traineeships and workplace learning. Our talented teachers take pride in ensuring our students achieve attainment.
Four values guide the practices, expectations and behaviour of our students and staff. These include excellence, achievement, respect and integrity. The values underpin the three key areas of our Strategic Plan including Success for all Students, High Quality Teaching and Leadership, and Positive Learning Environment and Culture. Excellence in behaviour and achievement is acknowledged via a variety of initiatives. As a staff we constantly strive for effective and consistently applied behaviour management and excellent attendance.
We believe in meeting the needs of the whole student and as a result pastoral care is a significant staff commitment. Our caring and expert Student Services team support each student's social and emotional needs. Our daily Breakfast Club run by volunteer staff ensures all students start the day well-fed.
Over $30 million dollars was spent on education in Merredin in 2011. A major building program included the refurbishment of existing structures and provision of new primary buildings equipped with modern technologies including interactive whiteboards. These contemporary classrooms and landscaped grounds are unparalleled in many rural communities and provide our students with stimulating areas in which to learn and play. Merredin College boasts an impressive trade training centre (catering for automotive, metals and building & construction) and a state-of-the-art dance studio. The school is fully air-conditioned providing a pleasant year-round working environment.
Merredin College is proud to work in partnership with Merredin Residential College. As a result of an extensive construction program at Merredin Residential College, up to 72 students are accommodated in a world class boarding facility whilst receiving an excellent education close to their home town.
We take our job of providing a quality rural education seriously. To discover more about Merredin College, visit our website http://www.merredincollege.wa.edu.au/
At Merredin College Our Students Advance Together