Education Week: College moves a step ahead

Wyndham Central College is preparing the leaders of tomorrow. (Photo supplied)

By Carole Levy

Wyndham Central College is proudly preparing the leaders of tomorrow to be agile, innovative and creative problem solvers, through a range of excellent education programs and teaching strategies, says principal Leanne Gagatsis.

“Our school is a leader in the region, claiming several ‘firsts’, such as being the first secondary school In Australia to achieve AVID certification,” Ms Gagatsis says.

“We’ve also launched an exclusive STEM Academy – the first of its kind in the area.

“And we have wonderful Enrichment and Spanish Immersion programs, each providing students with invaluable skills to navigate the world as global citizens.”


What is AVID?

AVID is a school-wide program that uses research-based, best teaching and learning strategies to engage the student in their learning. While all students at Wyndham Central College are AVID students, it is also offered as an elective from year 9.

AVID helps all students to believe they can achieve, providing them with the tools, skills and knowledge to be successful students and to be university, work and career-ready.


What is the STEM Academy?

The STEM Academy’s curriculum has been designed by a team of highly qualified teachers and industry experts, with students participating in specialist programs that include robotics and coding, electronics, 3D printing, engineering, 3D modelling and gaming.


Enrichment program

The Enrichment program provides an optimal learning environment to address the unique social, emotional, and academic needs of gifted and talented students.

All students in the Enrichment program develop an Enrichment Project over the course of each year. The project centres on developing an authentic product or performance, and allows students to build excellence in a real-world context.

Enrichment experiences are interwoven into tutor time and the normal class timetable, with extra-curricular activities playing an important role in support.


Spanish Immersion program (SIP)

The Spanish Immersion (SIP) bilingual program) is a well-researched approach for promoting bi-literacy, bi-lingualism, and bi-culturalism.

The underlying goal is to prepare students to be global citizens with abilities to listen, speak, read, and write in two languages. SIP students also develop an appreciation for different cultures in a rigorous academic program.


Wyndham Central College, 101 Shaws Road, Werribee. Inquiries: 9741 4911 or


Wyndham Central College students. (Photo supplied)
Wyndham Central College students. (Photo supplied)
Wyndham Central College students. (Photo supplied)