Niddrie Principal's Welcome
Niddrie Campus offers a breadth and depth of learning opportunities including opportunities to undertake learning modules in advance of a student’s year level. The programs in Years 7-9 provide exceptional learning opportunities based on the AusVels. It is innovative and responsive to the contemporary world. This forms a strong platform for further student studies in Years 10, 11 and 12 at the Essendon Campus including a selection of V.C.E. subjects in Year 10.
The Year 7 Open Learning Space is an area of the school dedicated to our Year 7 students. The space is purpose built to cater for the needs of our students as they make the transition from primary school into a secondary environment. In this specialised learning environment, all students have immediate access to learning technologies and classroom libraries. The Year 7 Learning Common allows for flexible approaches to teaching and learning.
During Years 8 and 9, students transition from the Year 7 Learning Common to a more traditional school environment. Expert and dedicated teachers continue to challenge and encourage students to prepare for their final years of schooling. They develop their independent learning skills and confidence in a respectful learning program.
Student leadership is an important element of the campus culture. Our student leaders run our whole school assemblies and mentor younger students. In Year 7, leadership potential is identified and students gathered into a leadership team. Opportunities are provided for student leadership both within and outside the classroom setting. Camps and excursions encourage and develop leadership among peers. Students may also choose to nominate as School Captains. All students are encouraged to step up and reflect on their leadership potential during their time at the campus. The Y-Challenge Program at Year 9 allows students to exercise leadership within our broader community.
Students interested in the Performing and Visual Arts will find opportunities to be involved in campus and College events. Visual Arts are show-cased at the campus and at an annual College Art Show. Music, Instrumental Music and Performance are encouraged and continue as subjects at the Essendon Campus. Students may also wish to audition for our annual College Production or State Schools' Spectacular.
Students are encouraged to be active and pursue healthy lifestyles. In addition to Physical Education and Sport offered at the College, opportunities are available for interested students to represent the College at a wide variety of interschool sport competitions. An elite Football Program has been incorporated into the College curriculum at Year 9. Students with strong sporting interests must maintain their academic growth and be good citizens of the campus in order to represent the College in interschool sport.
At Niddrie, as part of the College Vision, we appreciate the worth and potential of each individual. Our focus at the Niddrie Campus is to prepare students to successfully make the transition to our Essendon Campus having kept every possible path open to them. We set the bar high and expect all students to work hard to achieve their maximum growth in every subject. We are proud of all the achievements of our Niddrie Campus students and follow keenly their progress to the Essendon Campus and later to further study and the world of work.
There’s just so much to see and enjoy at the Niddrie Campus - I invite you to visit and experience it for yourself. I encourage you to tour our grounds and facilities where you will, I am sure, feel right at home. Come and enjoy the warmth and passion for learning that inspires our unique community. Meet our students and staff as well as myself face to face; there is no better way to understand what we offer.
I look forward to meeting you.
Mrs Heather Hawkins