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Getting started

Starting at a new school is
exciting but can also be a
bit scary.

At PSC, we aim to make the
move as smooth as possible.

Starting at a new school is
exciting but can also be a
bit scary.

At PSC, we aim to make the
move as smooth as possible.

Starting at a new school is
exciting but can also be a
bit scary.

At PSC, we aim to make the
move as smooth as possible.

To enrol a student at the College, please call our enrolment officer on (03) 5945 1433   Click to call

The College uniform

Wearing of the school uniform is compulsory for students at Pakenham Secondary College. The College expects students to wear it with pride, both at school and in the community.

Shop

The Pakenham Secondary College uniform shop is located on site at the rear of the gym. Access is from Cunningham Avenue.

Hours

The uniform shop is open every Tuesday 1:00pm to 4:30pm and Saturday 9.00am to 12.00noon during term, click here for up to date opening hours.

Orders

Telephone orders are very welcome and can be placed by calling the uniform shop on 5940 2912. The shop accepts cash, EFTPOS and credit cards.

Details

For more information about the correct use of the College uniform, click here for all the details.

Our house system

The house system at Pakenham Secondary College provides a sense of belonging, connecting young and senior students. Houses are involved in activities including swimming and athletics.

Thomas Henty originally bought “Pakenham Park” around 1865. This property included the current site of Pakenham Secondary College.
In 1845, James Lecky leased 7,000 acres east of the Cardinia Creek, about three miles south of the current town of Officer. The property was called Gin Gin Bin.
Dr William Kerr Jamieson, the first settler of the Pakenham area, took up a lease of nearly 13,000 acres in 1838. The gate to the homestead was on McGregor Road.
Alexander Patterson took up the St Germain run of 6000 acres in 1848. The property on the west bank of Cardinia Creek extended almost to Clyde.

Celebrating diversity

Located in an area that is growing quickly, Pakenham is home to a diverse range of people.

This diversity is seen in both the student and teacher groups at Pakenham Secondary College and means there are many minority groups in our school community. The school’s Student Family Occupation (SFO) index is a relatively high 0.60.

For our College, and the broader community, to fulfil its potential, diversity must be celebrated. Well rounded members of the community enjoy the ideas and insight they receive from a variety of sources.

Diversity is something that sets Pakenham Secondary College apart. Our willingness to welcome people regardless of their race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, political views, wealth or identity is a mark of our civility.  The College supports an environment of mutual respect where ideas can be freely discussed.

Every student and family is welcome at our College and we note the richness of community that diversity, and acceptance of diversity, brings.

Student wellbeing

The College takes its role as an educator of young people very seriously. It is our goal to help develop happy, rounded, capable and resilient people.

To help students and families understand the ways in which the College can best create a happy school, we have a Student Engagement & Wellbeing Policy that is based on the following ideals:

  • Students have the right to work and learn in a safe place, where they can develop their talents, interests and ambitions
  • Teachers will be able to teach in an ordered and co-operative setting
  • Parents can expect their children to be taught in a caring environment where respect and positive relationships are fostered
  • Everyone will respect and take care of the College property and the property of others

The College’s values centre on the acronym SOAR, which is used as a basis for rules and procedures.

Students at every level receive the learning help they need, with extra support for those who require an accelerated programme or have fallen behind the expected levels. The College has a welfare team that includes youth workers, a chaplain, school nurse, educational psychologist, and a range of specialists within the Department.

At Pakenham Secondary College, we believe social and emotional wellbeing provides the best basis for student learning and positive behaviour.

About Year 7 transition

Starting at a new school is an exciting time but for many students it can also be a bit scary.

As teachers and parents, it’s important for us to realise there will be mixed emotions from students making the big move from primary to high school.

The College has a range of programmes and strategies to help students, including an interactive information night and an orientation day at the College.

The information night gives families the chance to hear from and meet our staff, team leaders and transition co-ordinator. Students attending orientation day enjoy activities in their new classroom.

Our transition team keeps in close contact with local primary schools. It is often helpful to speak with your child’s primary school to discuss the right secondary school for them.

For more information about the College or transition, please contact our transition co-ordinator, Mr Dean Owens, or the Assistant Principal in charge of Year 7, Ms Frances Dunlevie.

We thank all families who give the College the role of providing their children with a secondary education. It is something we do not take lightly.

Click here for Year 7 Curriculum and Information.

About Years 8-12 transition

With new friends to make and differences in curriculum, moving from one school to another can be a challenge.

Pakenham Secondary College gives students at every level the learning help they need, with enhanced learning for those who require an accelerated programme and supported learning for those who need a hand to catch up.

The College’s house system, co-curricular activities and wide variety of sporting teams give new students the chance to make new friendships.

At Pakenham, we have a major focus on career pathways, helping students find their strengths and interests to lay a foundation for their future.

Depending on their year level, each student will be involved in programmes that offer work guidance and awareness.

Click here for Curriculum details and more information.

Get to know us

The College wants to make it as easy as possible for new families to learn about the way we do things.

Open Night is a great way to meet our teachers and students, and see our school at a pace that suits you. To find out when the next Open Night is scheduled, visit our News and Events section.
Guided tours, held throughout the year, allow families to see the school in action on a normal day. To find out when the next College Tours are scheduled, visit our News and Events section.