IN FOCUS: Senior students star in Point Cook

Principal Christopher Mooney with Transitions Coordinator Isobel Hawkins and year 12 students Zach, Maddie, Neil and Kyla. (Mark Wilson)

By Samantha Freestone

Point Cook Senior Secondary College has grown from a start-up with 100 students in 2008 to being a fine school for years 10 to 12 with more than 850 students enrolled.

The school, a great springboard into further study for its students, places a strong focus on extension classes, specialist programs and specialised one-on-one career counselling.

Information sessions for interested parents whose children are currently in year 9 and looking to transition will be held on August 8 from 7pm.

Principal Christopher Mooney welcomes those looking to know more about the college’s successful educational initiatives.

Specialised programs have resulted in students finding success in their chosen pathways and include the Select Tertiary Admissions Master Program (STAMP), with a focus on mathematics, science and commerce/law and VET network courses offering TAFE certificates in areas such as sport and recreation, building and construction, music, automotive diesel, hospitality, fashion and make-up.

The STAMP program has been running successfully for six years, with Mr Mooney saying last year’s STAMP students did incredibly well.

“Last year, 100 per cent of students enrolled in that course attained entry into the tertiary program of their choice, which was a great achievement for the students and their hard-working and dedicated teachers,” he says. “Our information sessions are coming up and we encourage families to come along to learn how we can support your children’s academic goals.”

Mr Mooney says the key to the college’s academic success is the dedication to staff training.

“I ensure our teachers have access to innovative professional development opportunities that will improve student outcomes,” he says.

“In fact, most of our teachers are involved in assessing VCE examinations and understand the requirements for those units of study.

“As a consequence we are able to tailor student education and study around what they really need to know to achieve the best outcomes possible, which has been a huge advantage for our school.

“This is a unique difference of ours. We see it as professional development and really encourage our teachers to undertake the exam training.”

With an extensive leadership program at the school to imbue students with tools for a successful life, together with the ASPIRE program – an accelerated program for motivated learners seeking challenge – and an extensive year 10 work experience program, Point Cook Senior is a fantastic place to help ensure your “senior student” is on the road to a successful future thanks to motivated teachers focused on success.


Want to know more?

The year 9 into 10 transitions information evening will be on Wednesday, August 8, from 7pm.

Information packages, enrolment forms and additional information regarding course counselling days will be provided.

Phone consultations are available for parents unable to attend.


Point Cook Senior Secondary College, corner Boardwalk Boulevard and Bergamot Drive, Point Cook. Inquiries: 9395 9271, email or visit