Our school is a Year 7 to 12 co-educational Secondary College situated in the regional town of Sunbury, 37 kms North West of Melbourne. It is a growing co-educational secondary College with student enrolment numbers exceeding 700.
Our school is a Year 7 to 12 co-educational Secondary College situated in the regional town of Sunbury, 37 kms North West of Melbourne. It is a growing co-educational secondary College with student enrolment numbers exceeding 700. The College is not ethnically diverse; most students are of Anglo origin, and less than 8% of students speak a language other than English at home. It is a school with a strong set of College Values, Education Philosophy and Instructional Model in line with a Teaching and Learning Policy. The College is the only secondary school in the area that offers an Accelerated Curriculum & Enrichment (ACE) program for academically able students; extending students through a challenging curriculum including early commencement of VCE. The ACE program is a select entry course with enrolment from the feeder primary schools. This program extends into a Scholars Program at Years 10 and 11 to provide enriched opportunities for students.The College is also an accredited International Student Program provider and has student enrolment intake of less than 15.We offer a rich program in an environment with strong student management, high expectations and educational outcomes.
The College regards itself as an academic school with a wide range of programs. There is a strong emphasis on core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities; complemented by programs in the Arts/Technology, Performing Arts, Physical Education/Health and Languages (Italian). We also offer a wide range of VCE subjects including VET studies and a structured rigorous VCAL program for students in Years 10-12.Sunbury Downs College offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities and an inter-school sporting program. There are year level and specialised camps and excursions, including an overseas Italian Study Tour and interstate Canberra Trip. The College has a well-established student leadership program and also a house system with whole school carnivals for Athletics and Swimming. SDC offers instrumental music tuition and presents a highly acclaimed Musical Production, enabling students to excel in the Performing Arts in an environment that fosters participation, responsibility and teamwork outside the classroom.
The College has outstanding modern facilities that support students to learn and be educationally challenged. The College has specialised areas to support the learning of the sciences, technology, arts and sports. There is a modern Education Resource Centre, functional Technology Wing and also an on-site Art – Design – Technology Exhibition space, enabling the display of high quality exemplary student work.
The College offers the very best in teaching and learning due to the calibre of its staff. Highly capable and professional teachers and education support staff support students to learn and grow in the classroom and beyond. Our teachers' talents ensure that students are supported to reach their potential in a caring and yet structured orderly learning environment. We are known for setting the benchmark in outstanding teaching and learning, with excellent results for students in their final years of schooling.
Our College is proud to be in partnership with its community and organisations so as to offer and provide the very best for our students. Some of these partnerships include our feeder schools, local businesses and many universities including Melbourne University. In more recent times corporate partners such as the Beacon Foundation have extended their work into our classrooms. We acknowledge that it is the links with the outside world that extends the offerings for our students and community.