The College has been closely linked with the development of Mildura since the opening of the irrigation settlement by the Chaffey’s in the 1880′s. For example, in 1890 the Governor of Victoria, Lord Hopetoun, laid the foundation stone of what was to become the Chaffey Agricultural College, but unfortunately, because of financial difficulties, the College was not built. In 1911, the Education Department of Victoria agreed to erect a high school on the Chaffey College site, and Mildura High School was officially opened in September 1912. The Diamond Jubilee of the school was celebrated on the 8th and 9th September 1972. We celebrated our 75th birthday in August 1987 and in 2012 celebrated our centenary over the weekend of September 14-16th.
As part of a strategic plan by the Ministry of Education in 1990, Mildura High School changed its name to Mildura Secondary College to reflect the changing nature of educational delivery in secondary schools. Again as a result of restructuring in education provision since 1995 the College has been known as Mildura Senior College, catering exclusively for the final two years of secondary education.
Mildura Senior College has a long and distinguished history of providing quality educational pathways to thousands of young people living in Sunraysia.
Mildura Senior College caters exclusively for Year 11 & 12 students. In 2013 there will be approximately 500 students in Year 11 and 400 in Year 12. Entrance to Year 11 is open to all students living in the Sunraysia District who have successfully completed Year 10. The decision regarding the satisfactory completion of Year 10 is the responsibility of the 7-10 College. Enrolment at the College is also dependant on factors such as age, behaviour record and other achievements. Please see the section on enrolment for further information.
The college curriculum is outlined in detail later in this Handbook but it currently consists of:
- The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) – Foundation, Intermediate & Senior Certificate Levels
- 41 of the 45 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) studies,
- A substantial Vocational Education & Training (VET) Program,
- University studies in association with Monash University (Enhancement Studies)
The Senior College Environment
At Mildura Senior College the academic / vocational focus of the school and the absence of younger students (most students are 16 to 18) means that school organisation can be approached in ways which may not otherwise be possible. As a result the College environment reflects a transition from the more closely controlled and protective environment of the junior years to the more self disciplined environment of the adult world of work or study. This is a learning environment for young adults which provides support combined with opportunities to exercise growing independence and self discipline.
As a result students will be operating within a framework of fewer stipulated rules but at the same time one with much higher expectations and where the range of consequences will have a far more adult orientation.