About the College
Elisabeth Murdoch College is a fast growing College in the suburb of Langwarrin with a current student population of approximately 1450 in 2012. Enrolment numbers have been increasing for the seven consecutive years and now show signs stabilising. We are positioned as the first choice school for local families. The College offers a learning environment that is purposeful and supported so that all students can achieve their best and be positioned for a positive future. Students are encouraged to aim high in all aspects of College life.
College Council has recently endorsed our new Strategic Plan (2012 - 2015) and we continue to have a clear focus on:
Improving literacy and numeracy outcomes
Improving engagement through personalising the learning
Ensuring all students have a successful, seamless pathway into, through and from the College.
Learning and teaching is our key priority with a continued emphasis on literacy, in particular writing. To achieve this for students, staff are supported through Professional Learning Teams to work cooperatively by planning together in teaching teams and sub-school teams to improve what we teach, how we teach and better understand how students learn to prepare them for the future. Teams analyse student data, develop rich tasks for assessment, ensure quality feedback is given to students and encourage students raise expectations.
The broad curriculum caters for the interests and abilities of a diverse range of learning styles. This includes the High Achiever's Program, extensive VCE and VET offerings, School Based Apprenticeships and an award-winning VCAL program. Students are individually counselled to access a learning program that best suits them. Additional opportunities to be involved in state and national events are also provided to students in areas such as aerobics, sporting teams, debating and the farm.
Middle School students in Years 7-9 and Senior School students in Years 10-12 are grouped into four sub schools. A strong sense of belonging and connection to the College is created through this sub-school system where a team of staff develops more meaningful relationships with those students and their families with the support of our Wellbeing Team. Sound relationships are built between staff, students and parents throughout a student's time at the College.
Student wellbeing is further supported through our strong student leadership program, the creation of dedicated physical sub school areas within the College and an improved transition program, particularly for students moving from primary school into Year 7 and from Year 9 into the Senior School.
A major building upgrade was completed in 2009. This involved the construction of a new ICT rich Senior Centre along with the extensive refurbishment of the Arts, Music, Science and Food Technology areas. The undulating site has wonderful facilities, including a 3-court basketball stadium, 9-court Tennis Centre and Performing Arts Centre.