Croydon Community School

"One student at a time in a community of learners"

Croydon Community School provides young people with an alternative secondary school experience in a nurturing environment.

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from the Principal

Welcome to Croydon Community School & OPTIONS.

Firstly, on behalf of our school community, I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land our school sites stand on. The Wurundjeri people and the Kulin nations’ culture and customs have nurtured this land and we value their contributions to life and the education of generations of Australians past, present, and future.

I am extremely honoured to lead Croydon Community School and OPTIONS. Croydon CS is a Big Picture Education school, which means that we are part of a worldwide network that prioritises the needs, interests, and passions of each individual young learner. The requirements of the Victorian Curriculum and VCAL are of critical importance in our pursuit of educational excellence for every young person within our community.

OPTIONS is a unique organisation in Victoria. On behalf of the North East Region of DET we manage other educational programs that strive to ensure children and young people in our area successfully complete secondary education and transition to rich post-secondary opportunities. These programs are:

  • [email protected], which provides a stepped re-engagement program for 12-17 year old students who have not attended any school for a long time. All students are enrolled in Croydon Community School and the goal is for them to transition to the main campus of Croydon CS or another appropriate educational program when they are ready. The program is currently on a campus in Bayswater, but when our new buildings are completed, we will be unified onto a single site in Croydon.
  • Woori Yallock Farm School, which primarily provides Certificate courses in Conservation and Land Management, and Horticulture. It is accessed by many schools in the outer east.
  • Capacity Building team, which provides support and guidance to schools and teachers in maintaining engagement of children and young people. This service is aimed at changing teacher and/or school practice and preventing children and young people from falling behind in their education.

Our approaches across Croydon CS and OPTIONS ensures we realise the Victorian Government’s Education State targets of:

All our staff strive to be responsive to the individual learning and wellbeing needs of every student. We are all committed to the principle, “One Student at a Time in a Community of Learners” and we truly enjoy watching our young people develop confidence, knowledge, skills and a positive future focus on their learning journey through secondary school.

I look forward to meeting you at one of our school events.

Bronwyn Harcourt

Principal, Croydon Community School and OPTIONS

About our school

Croydon Community School is a small secondary school with the capacity to enrol approximately 100 students on its current site at Mt Dandenong Rd in Croydon. The school also manages a re-engagement site at Neal St Bayswater for young people between the ages of 12 – 17 who have disengaged from mainstream schooling. Croydon Community School & OPTIONS has a history of providing an alternative to mainstream secondary educational settings. Many of the young people who choose to enrol at our school have not experienced learning success, or a sense of connectedness to mainstream schools for a range of reasons.

In our school we endeavour to build positive relationships between adults and our young people so that they might flourish and realise their potential. In order to facilitate these relationships we plan for smaller class sizes than many other schools, and students will usually have fewer teachers than their peers in mainstream secondary schools. It is not unusual for advisory teachers and education support staff to manage the same group of students throughout the duration of their secondary schooling at Croydon Community School. Find out more about our Advisory classes here.

The school is a member of Big Picture Education Australia, and has adopted the Big Picture Education design to engage students in their learning and to develop the whole child. At our school, advisory teachers, and education support staff, assist young people to set personalised learning goals based upon their passions or interests. Staff strive to enable student voice, encouraging young people to exercise as much choice as possible in their learning. Advisory teachers also ensure that the teaching and learning program as a whole meets the standards of the Victorian Curriculum F–10 and that it enables the reporting of student achievement against the achievement standards. Find out more about the Big Picture Education design here.

The school offers the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) for students in Years 11 & 12 and students may study VCAL at the Foundation, Intermediate or Senior levels.  Students who wish to undertake VCE subjects as part of their senior secondary studies are supported to do so. In 2019 we partnered with Box Hill TAFE to deliver the Certificate II in Visual Arts because many of our students are passionate about the visual arts. The certificate is taught on campus at Croydon Community School. Find out more about our Visual Arts course here.

The school acknowledges that some students may need extra social, emotional or educational support at school, and that the needs of students will change over time as they grow and learn.  We commit to resourcing a highly skilled wellbeing team to support young people and their families to engage with education. Find out more about our Wellbeing Team and programs here.

Student Enrolments

Croydon Community School is located in the Eastern Metropolitan Region and attracts children from Years 7 – 12. The school has a capacity to accommodate approximately 100 students on our Croydon Campus. Students wishing to enrol at Croydon Community School generally have had difficulties in mainstream school settings and for one reason or another need an alternative approach to education. Croydon Community School operates under the Big Picture Education model.

We believe that the school should be reflective of the characteristics of our wider society including such issues:

  • Cultural diversity
  • Gender balance
  • Disabilities/impairments
  • Range of student learning abilities

Students in Year 6 who indicate a preference to attend Croydon Community School must go through the same process as a normal enrolment. Given enrolments aren’t confirmed until completion of the three-day trial and induction program for new intake students, it is strongly recommended that students also make an enrolment preference with their local secondary school.

Compass

Croydon Community School utilises Compass for attendance reporting, classroom planning as well as information and document storing. This system is available to all families.

The Compass system allows families to:

  • Access information regarding upcoming events and news
  • Access your child’s Student Semester Reports
  • Approve or enter upcoming or past absences for your child
  • Download, print and approve upcoming excursions
  • Update your registered email and mobile number (used for SMS alerts) details
  • View up-to-date class and school attendance information 

Croydon Community School proudly acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which our school is built.

Croydon Community School

177-181 Mt Dandenong Road
Croydon, VIC 3136

Principal 
Ms. Bronwyn Harcourt

Assistant Principal
Mr. Mark Heuston

Address:
177-181 Mt Dandenong Road
Croydon, VIC 3136

Postal:
P.O. Box 239
Croydon, VIC 3136

Telephone:
(03) 9724 2900

Facsimile:
(03) 9724 2999