425 Belgrave - Gembrook Road, Emerald, VIC 3782

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Emerald Secondary College
Access to Excellence

Connect Program


At Emerald Secondary College we focus on developing all aspects of academic, social and emotional development and wellbeing in our students.


Through the Year 9 Connect program our vision is to encourage and assist all Year 9 students in developing the skills to become independent, resilient and responsible global citizens. The Connect program also allows students to connect with and contextualise their place in our society whilst being encouraged to become fair, informed, reflective and responsible decision makers.

The Connect program covers areas and topics that are not considered part of a conventional curriculum and ensures that students are well equipped with the life skills when they enter the real world.

Each term has an allocated theme: Personal, Future Careers, Health and Community, which are linked together to coherently to achieve the program goals. Each of the four terms highlights a different focus to prepare our Year 9 students to transition from adolescence to well informed young adulthood. The Connect program runs in a four period block once a week.

Complementary value of the Connect program

This program facilitates opportunities that lead to growth in student independence that can be helpful in achieving improved results in higher studies including VCE and VCAL .

We are able to address additional areas of student interest as it is a vast program and that allows us to cover areas which cannot be covered by a conventional curriculum.

The curriculum is planned to equip students with skills and knowledge that will assist them in other subjects, such as research skills through an inquiry project.

An important aspect of this program is that student’s Home group Teacher delivers the program. This continues to build positive relationships and connections with teachers and peers.

OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CONNECT PROGRAM FOR ESC PARENTS TO ASSIST US:

  • Career Pathway activity - Share your career pathway with students and outline for them the steps you took from school to where you are Time required for involvement - 1 hour in the morning.
  • Mock Interview Day - We require parents to be panel members. To broaden the learning experience of our students, we are looking for a range of occupations. Parents will be able to choose preferred time slots of 3 hours (AM or PM)
  • Could we visit your workplace? - If you can consider having a group of students visit your work place, please let us know and we will provide you further details.

Please phone the College to leave your details if you are interested in any of the options listed above or contact Ritu Arora via email: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

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