Foster Secondary College
Foster Secondary College is located in the township of Foster. The town overlooks Corner Inlet and the magnificent outline of Wilson’s Promontory, mainland Australia’s southernmost point, in one of Australia’s most beautiful areas. Students at the College live in and around Wilsons Promontory National Park, Corner Inlet National Marine Parks, Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park and State forests. Farming, fishing, hospitality, conservation, tourism, health and education are major industries, supporting a vibrant community rich in sporting, arts and cultural activities. The environment is highly valued by the community as well as a steady stream of international tourists. The Corner Inlet area also attracts many people who choose the relaxed lifestyle offered in such a rich natural area that is less than two hours from Melbourne.
The College maintains an enrolment of around 290 students and aims to cultivate all of the advantages inherent in being a country secondary college. In particular, the maintenance of an intimate, caring and nurturing learning environment where each child is known, their progress monitored and their learning potential optimised. There is a powerful sense of community at the school and many local families have a long and close association with us. The college maintains a staff of 50 people, including teaching and non-teaching staff. Our operating budget for 2017 is close to $4,000,000.
The Code of Conduct reflect that the school is committed to consultation and democracy in decision-making and has an administrative structure that is based on clear procedures, documented policies and representative committees. The College also prides itself on being a compassionate learning community that deals with the issues of life in a restorative way. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the school reflects this.
The curriculum at Foster Secondary College is designed to offer depth in student learning and meet the demands of breadth in choice as we prepare students for a life of education after they finish school. Students in Years 10 – 12 may access Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects, Vocational Education & Training (VET) courses or enrol in the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program. While there is some overlap in these different courses at post-compulsory stage of learning, the College has formed key partnerships through the VET cluster, the Bass Coast South Gippsland Local Learning & Employment Network (LLEN) and with neighboring schools to enhance delivery options for students. The school is also looking forward to the introduction of the South Gippsland Trade Training Centre for which it is the lead school. Foster Secondary College consistently enables students to reach their potential and has a very strong record in achieving tertiary placements in universities and TAFEs, apprenticeships and employment for later years students.
The school is proud of its co-curricular offerings that feature an excellent additional needs department, classroom and instrumental music program shared across five local secondary schools, an extensive school camps program, comprehensive involvement in intra and inter-school sport and a fantastic Year 9 community program now in its eighth year. Foster Secondary College looks forward to a bright future and is always looking for committed staff, keen to help shape that future.