Pray and Persevere
St Monica’s College Epping is a Catholic secondary school, drawing most of its students from primary schools in the northern suburbs. Originally established for girls in 1964, the College became co-educational in 1978. The campuses, one for Years 7-9 and one for Years 10-12 are close together. The College also owns a 20-acre country property, Ostia, in Strath Creek. A vast range of VCE studies, VET and VCAL subjects are offered at Years 11-12.The College is a leader in the provision of Information Technology, with up to date resources and equipment. There is an active Educational Support Faculty catering for students with a variety of special needs, including enhancement studies for highly able students (HORIZONS Accelerated Learning Program). True to the Catholic mission of the College, students participate in community service and social justice projects. The sport program at St Monica’s College is very comprehensive with an excellent coverage of all major sports. The College prides itself on the specialist programs including basketball, hockey, football, swimming, tennis and foremost the Soccer Excellence Program (a first in Victoria).
St Monica's College, Epping caters for all students' learning needs. One of the programs the College provides is the accelerated program - HORIZONS.
The aims of this program are to:
HORIZONS students complete Years 7 to 10 in three years and may commence VCE on year early. This creates a myraid of options for students to consider in order to maximise their performance in Year 12.
Another program the College provides is the Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) program.
The CLIL program is a bilingual approach to teaching and learning. Ast the program title suggests, teaching and learning of a subjects content is amalgamated with another language. There is not a single focus on content, nor only on the language; both are interwoven together with the aim of teaching and learning both content and language.
The Speical Needs program offered at the College is entiled Arrunga.
The Arrunga Inclusion Program focuses on the achievement of positive academic, social and emotional outcomes for each student to maximise access to further education and employment success. Many students with Autism Spectrum Disorder find the secondary school environment confusing and difficult to navigate. Research has demonstrated that without sufficient support, these students are often left feeling isolated. Another role of the Arrunga Inclusion Program is to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders within the school community. The program aims to reflect our Strategic Plan which vows to ‘leave no child behind’ and to foster an environment where students’ differences are accepted and individual talents are appreciated and developed. The program is staffed with specialist teachers and experienced Learning Support Officers.
St Monica's College, Epping is located in close proximity to Epping Railway Station.
From humble beginnings in 1964 our College now enrols over 1900 students and is located on two modern, well-equipped city campuses in Melbourne’s northern suburbs along with Ostia, our country campus in the tranquil valley of Strath Creek.
Our College is a Catholic co-educational secondary school (Years 7 – 12), serving the priority parish of Reservoir North as well as the parishes of Epping, Thomastown West, Lalor, Mill Park, Reservoir, East Reservoir and East Preston. Applications are received from other parishes too.
It is always our intention to provide a contemporary and relevant Catholic education to our girls and boys. We seek to develop and nurture the formation of the whole person and we do this by remaining faithful to our Mission Statement.
We treasure our cultural diversity, our shared understanding of community, our vision for the future and our adherence to the College motto ‘Pray and Persevere’.
In the person of St Monica (332 AD – 387 AD) we find a rich source of inspiration and determination to succeed.
Please contact the College if you wish to receive further information about a Monican education.
Brian E. Hanley B.A., Dip. Ed., Grad. Dip. Ed. Admin., M. Ed., MACE, FACEL
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ST MONICA'S COLLEGE, Epping, VIC