Wellington Secondary College is a large and highly respected co-educational state secondary college located in the City of Monash, approximately 24 kilometres to the south east of the CBD of Melbourne. The College provides an extensive range of programs for secondary school aged students from Years 7-12 in the Mulgrave, Springvale, Noble Park, Dandenong North, Keysborough, Westall (and surrounding) communities.
Located in south east Melbourne, Wellington is surrounded by excellent infrastructure. Nearby is Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre with a medical centre, department stores, post office, banks, chemist and supermarkets and the main Clayton campus of Monash University with many other university campuses and TAFE colleges within fifteen kilometres of the College.
The College has maintained a strong student enrolment and in the last three years the enrolments have remained consistent with just under 1900 students for 2021. The ethnic mix of its students reflects the multicultural nature of the surrounding area, one of the most diverse in Melbourne.
In addition to the local enrolment, the College has a strong International Student Program, usually accommodating 100+ students, largely from Vietnam, Cambodia and China. Due to the Covid pandemic in 2020 and the closure of International borders, our numbers are 75 for 2021.
The College employs approximately 160 staff with an effective full-time teaching staff of 133 and a large support staff of 35, including multicultural aides, a college nurse, full time welfare coordinators and careers counsellors.
Wellington Secondary College provides a safe and inclusive environment to meet the needs of all students. We are committed to the provisions of Ministerial Order 870 (Child Safety).
The College prides itself on its commitment to literacy and numeracy across the whole school. Retention of students at WSC is very strong. Academic success is expected and high standards of behaviour are required. Students usually remain enrolled for the duration of their secondary education, except where the family relocates.
Consequently, Wellington Secondary College enjoys a very positive reputation in the local community. We respect well established school traditions – with all students and their families being inducted into the culture of the school’s motto, the “Wellington Way” – “Caring Striving Learning”.
Originally opening in 1973, the well-maintained and recently redeveloped campus is set amongst landscaped gardens and extensive courtyards.
In 2019, we opened the E.H Blaikie Vanellus Centre – a beautiful two-story Administration, Technology and Library Hub, along with eight 21st century collaboration and learning spaces.
The campus also features a Performing Arts complex with 288 seat Theatre, well equipped and modern specialist rooms for Visual Arts, Technology and Science, two multi-purpose Gymnasiums, a Wellbeing Centre, an International Centre, a Table Tennis Centre and separate Junior, Middle and Senior School Centres.
We are currently in the middle of the final re-development stage of the campus – with $10.5m allocated by the State Government in the 2019 State Budget – due for completion by the end of Term 1, 2022.
In 2018 the College successfully completed a Department of Education and Training Review. This has guided the preparation and writing of our four-year Strategic Plan (2019 – 2022).