TC recognises individuals with unique strengths and skills, passions and ambitions. We are a community that actively celebrates difference, we want to move away from the phrase of 'tolerating' differences. Having said that, we also acknowledge that sometimes we all need to modify our own behaviour and actions in the best interests of others.
Rather than having year level coordinators, we have a House System. Each House has around 170 students made up of students from different ages and there are a large variety of House events to engage students socially throughout the year. This helps to build strong relationships throughout the school. As of 2017 we have increased the student wellbeing team. This ensures everyone continues to get high quality support as our numbers grow.
Head of House
We now have two Heads of House (HOH) per House group. Each Head of House acts like the Principal of a mini school and is there to support all aspects of your education at TC. The Heads of House are the key contact for students and families and will liaise with all relevant parties to support student needs.
As well as a Head of House each student also has a Learning Mentor. The Mentor has a small group of students to care for, whom they have also agreed to make a personal commitment to helping in their learning and personal development. This staff member is one of a parents' key links to TC.
The Learning Mentors will not generally play a direct disciplinary role with the student, but may act as an advocate for the student in all school matters. Students will meet with mentors during the timetabled mentor session each day to discuss learning, wellbeing, goals, ILP's and other areas as required. Learning Mentors are reviewed annually but students may have the same Learning Mentor for many years, or conceivably their whole time at the College.
Should students need any additional support the Educational Psychologists, Counsellors and Principal Team are also available.
Providing careers guidance is becoming an increasingly complex and specialised field. We are fortunate to have Frances Cooper who holds a Graduate Diploma in Careers and Counselling from RMIT. TC is developing a program as part of the Individualised Learning Plan development process, to ensure that all students have a current and realistic Careers Plan. Regardless of age, any student and their parent may make an individual appointment with Frances if they require further assistance. Particular focus is provided to students and families as they select their final VCE subjects, to ensure that prerequisite subjects are identified and VTAC applications successfully submitted. Many students return to seek assistance from Frances many years after they have finished at TC.
There is a dedicated Careers Page with many useful resources: Templestowe College Careers
as well as a Facebook page with regular updates and events: TC Careers Facebook
All staff are highly committed to ensuring that you succeed and treat you more like a work colleague than just a student. You even get to see who will be teaching your class before the timetable is finalised, and if you really can't work with that person you have the opportunity to change classes.
We want students to be able to think like entrepreneurs! Whilst you might not end up running your own business, the new economy will require everyone to not only be highly skilled but also to think adaptively, creatively and be highly resilient. We support students to run both for-profit and non-for-profit enterprises in order to develop these skills. These are not just an odd sausage sizzle, but genuine businesses producing products and services designed to meet the needs of real customers and clients.