At South Oakleigh College we are dedicated to achieving excellence, with a focus in providing a challenging and stimulating work environment for all of our students, giving them every opportunity to achieve their respective goals.
Recognising that every student has talents, we offer a range of opportunities for each individual. Enabling them to achieve their potential and become confident, respectful, and effective learners whilst contributing constructively as global citizens of the 21st Century.
Our students learn resilience in order to persevere when challenged and to take responsibility for their learning. We celebrate the diversity of our students and encourage them to develop social responsibility, empathy and compassion for other.
The South Oakleigh College Community values and nurtures learning, personal responsibility and growth. Our college responds to the need young people have to belong to a community which values them, provides them with opportunities for authentic relationships and challenges them to realise their goals. We are a vibrant community that encourages, recognises and celebrates student achievements in academia, culture, service, sport and other co-curricular activities. Our welcoming, accepting and supportive environment allows students to discover their own individual strengths and to find their own place within South Oakleigh College — and in the world.
We equip students with knowledge and skills to be 21st-Century learners in a rapidly changing and complex world, thereby maximising their opportunity for success. Our instructional model, based on best practice, incorporates the South Oakleigh College values of High Expectations, Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Teamwork. It supports strategies from the Positive Education Model with a specific focus on cultivating individual motivation and improved resilience.
Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities throughout the year offer a plethora of opportunities for students to participate in school events and display their talents. Through their involvement, students develop strong personal development skills such as resilience, resourcefulness, teamwork and leadership. Our students, with varying talents and interests, have the opportunity to join clubs that operate during lunchtime or afterschool. Such clubs include, but are not limited to:
- homework club
The college provides additional learning programs to support students in their quest for both academic excellence and personal growth. These programs include:
- university extensions
- academic competitions including the University of NSW maths, science, writing and humanities competitions
- STEM enrichment
- study skills program
- access to online learning
- leadership development programs
- community programs
- comprehensive music programs
- school production.
Our leadership programs promote student voice within the school community. We encourage students to participate throughout their schooling and we actively seek their ideas in implementing educational strategies. Every year, our student body elects two College Captains and two Year Level Captains as student representatives. Our SRC plans school and community events, discusses collaboration between staff and students, and empowers student voice in the decision-making processes. In addition to formal leadership experiences, we recognise that every student has leadership potential. Ongoing opportunities are provided for all students to build their capacity as leaders through programs such as debating, public speaking and participation in school and community events.
The college values the richness diversity of cultures brings and offers a vibrant international program. We are proud to be an accredited provider of education for international students and teach EAL (English as an Additional Language) at all year levels. Multicultural aides deliver support to students throughout our educational curriculum. Our global exchanges also embrace overseas experiences for our local students.
South Oakleigh’s overseas cultural and language immersion programs encourage students to look outwards to engage with today’s global community. We provide students with international experiences to Japan and Greece to promote personal development, student independence, and opportunities to learn about the world.