Secondary School

The Middle Years

During the middle years, the focus is on building skills and experiential learning. It is also a time of dynamic social change – a time where boundaries are challenged and the emerging adult discovers new frontiers. Education during these years needs to be flexible, engaging and stimulating. The Transition Program from Year 6 in Primary School includes a “taste of Secondary School” over a number of months. Students are gently acclimatised to the extended number of teachers and subjects in the Secondary School day and week and regular discussions with teachers, parents and students take place in order to ensure our students’ seamless transition into Secondary School.

The Transition Program includes strategies that encourage the emergence of the resilient, independent learner – one which empowers our students to embark on the transition from Primary School to Secondary School with confidence and ease:

• Regular teacher meetings focus on individual needs
• Specially designed programs target study and organisational skills; resilience building; peer-pressure education and wise decision-making
• A consistent approach to the development of a holistic academic, social and emotional program
• A heightened awareness of our students’ different learning styles and needs ensures each student has the opportunity to maximise his/her potential
• An emphasis on “hands on learning” builds confidence and assists our students’ cognitive development during the middle years
• Guest speakers and performances are encouraged

 

The Senior Years

The Secondary School provides a wide and diverse academic program and we are justifiably proud of the academic rigor and excellence achieved by students. Year after year, over 50% of our VCE students achieve an ATAR score of 90 or above, placing Leibler Yavneh College in the list of top Independent Schools in the State.

In order to cater to all our students’ learning abilities, Leibler Yavneh College offers a varied and customised VCE Program, including a well-developed VET (Vocational Education and Training) and Melbourne University Program for High Achieving Students (MUPHAS). Our students are encouraged to choose their own subjects according to their interests, needs and capabilities.

The College is also proud of its former students who have often been awarded the prestigious Premier’s VCE Awards and the Australian Prize for Excellence.

 

Student Wellbeing

Students learn best when they are happy and fulfilled. It is therefore important to see the holistic development of every student as an important goal. The Secondary School Team consisting of Convenors, Head of Student Management, Campus Rabbi, School Psychologist, and Education Support staff dedicate themselves to the social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth of the “whole child” in a supportive and caring environment. A range of support structures assist students in maximising their learning outcomes:
• Dedicated and committed teachers
• Self-selected mentors for VCE students collaborate with students in their Learning process
• Regular year group meetings
• Small class sizes
• Education Support Team
• One-on-one or small group tutorials with class teachers for extra assistance
• After hours Academic Supervision

Curriculum Subjects

Yavneh achieves a unique balance between a stimulating and challenging Jewish Studies curriculum, a comprehensive General Studies Curriculum and wide ranging extra curricular activities throughout the College.

YEAR 7 - 11 CURRICULUM

Core Studies

• English
• Hebrew
• Mathematics
• Science
• History/ Jewish History
• Music
• Physical Education
• Tanach
• Gemara
• Yahadut (Chagim and Dinim)

 

Elective Subjects

Each year level has a Curriculum Handbook, providing more details on each subject. Different elective options at each year level.

• Art and Design
• Business Studies
• Commerce
• Creative Writing
• Drama
• Forensic Science
• English Literature
• French
• Health and Physical Education
• Hebrew Literature
• Technologies and Media Arts
• Music
• Psychology
• Visual Communication Design

VCE SUBJECTS (YEARS 11 & 12)

Mandatory Subjects

• English
• Jewish Studies

 

VCE Subject Choices

• Accounting
• Art
• Biology
• Business Management
• Chemistry
• Drama
• French
• Further Maths
• General Maths (Advanced)
• General Maths (Standard)
• Hebrew
• History
• Legal Studies
• Literature
• Maths Methods
• Music
• Physical Education
• Physics
• Psychology
• Religion and Society
• Specialist Maths
• Visual Communication Design
• Media Studies
• Studio Art

JEWISH LIFE

• Chagim learning and celebrations
• Informal programs and activities on Israel and Jewish Life
• Mishmar Programs
• Beit Midrash
• Shabbatonim
• Varied Tefillah Programs
• Zionist Camps

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

• Year 12 Captains
• Portfolio Captains (Jewish Life, Social Action and Charity)
• House Captains

SPORTING ACTIVITIES

• Interschool Competitive Sports Programs
• Victorian Jewish Schools Sports Association (VJSSA)
• Integrated sporting programs (Years 7 – 12)
• Sports Leadership Opportunities (coaching)
• Outdoor education activities
• Australian Schools Cup Volleyball
• Australian Futsal Competition

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Students at Yavneh are provided with a level of unparalleled academic and social support.

• Individualised Education Support Programs (Years 7 – 12)
• Extensive Enrichment and Acceleration opportunities
• Higher Education Studies in Hebrew (University Hebrew)
• Life Skills
• YCare
• Convenor Support Programs
• Year 12 students are offered the opportunity to work with a dedicated ‘mentor’ teacher to advise and support them in their studies.

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

• Performing Arts: Soirees and Musicals
• Public Speaking
• Debating
• Book Club
• Chess Club
• Media Activities
• Inter – House Competetions
• Maths/ Science/ English Competitions
• Outreach/ Community Service Programs
• Gemara Chevrutah Shiurim