Welcome to Canberra College
Canberra College community and prospective families,
May is traditionally the time of year when we open our doors to welcome the community to visit us at our Open Night. Our usual annual Open Night and subsequent College tours allow us the opportunity to meet with families and Year 10 students who are keen to see what Canberra College has to offer.
Our college would be buzzing with over one thousand visitors who would be able to speak directly with our staff and students during the evening.
Due to the current restrictions, we are unable to host this event.
Please enjoy a brief introduction to our College in this
'VIDEO introduction to Canberra College'
Our College Webpage contains a myriad of insights into our school community, our curriculum offerings, and our college vision and Values.
Please contact our school front office if you have any queries or require answers to questions or further information regarding our college. We would be very happy to hear from you.
From the Principal
Canberra College has high expectations of all its students in academic performance, behaviour and service to the wider community. Our community values and caters for its diversity through a variety of academic pathways which acknowledge intercultural understanding, learning abilities and styles.
Canberra College values learning and is focused on developing all our students in preparation for the world of today and tomorrow. All students complete an educational package which leads to the award of an ACT Senior Certificate.
The college provides a range of programs that reflect the diversity of pathways our students can pursue. Pathways of learning include Tertiary, Accredited and Vocational courses where nationally recognised training packages and Australian School Based Apprenticeships can be included. Courses are delivered in a variety of ways; through traditional and contemporary classes or targeted programs. These speciality programs include a Big Picture Academy, Futures Program, International Student Program and CCCares. (I encourage you to access our website College Handbook for the details of all specialist programs and the full range of courses of study available)
All students are strongly encouraged and supported to follow an academic course of study that reflects their interests, passions and learning styles. A range of student support services are also available across the college to provide pastoral care, course advice, counselling services, career planning and study options.
Canberra College promotes values of respect, social justice, individuality, honesty and equity. As a community, we keep these at the forefront of our operations as a moral compass in our daily life. We celebrate diversity and excellence in the multiple learning pathways offered to our students. To support our students to excel and achieve their intended goals, dedicated specialist teachers enhance the broad curriculum in modern facilities including the Performing Arts Centre with a technologically enhanced professional theatre with dedicated music and dance performance studios.
The CCCares program is a national award-winning program, offering the opportunity for young parents to complete their Senior Secondary Certificate and gain vocational qualifications in a supported environment. In recent years the ACT Government contributed $14 million to establish an innovative learning environment and world-first facility for CCCares at the Woden Campus.
College life as a student at Canberra College abounds with opportunities and challenges. These may include activities such as performing in Limelight, working on projects with villagers in developing countries, participating in Science and Maths Olympiads, representing the college in sport, singing at our annual Talent Quest, attending Writing or Psychology camps, giving through charity work, debating, completing an ASBA in a range of industries, whale watching at Montague Island, snorkelling in Vanuatu, a study tour through the USA, studying extension units at the ANU Secondary College, caving at Wee Jasper or competing in a team at the University of Canberra Maths Day.
Canberra College is a place where students are supported, connected, challenged and inspired to be learners, researchers and innovators. Our staff and I look forward to welcoming you to our college.
B.Sc, Dip.Ed, MAICD
Helpful Resources for Canberra College students and their families:
- Welcome to College 2020 Evening Presentation (pdf)
- Canberra College Communication Strategy (pdf)
- Student Chromebook Information and Loan Agreement form
- Study hacks for parents - 2020 PDF Powerpoint presentation
- AST Information Booklet for Parents
Canberra College Social Media
To ensure community access to more immediate events at Canberra College, we utilise social media feeds. Daily posts of images and text give a clear insight into the dynamic nature of the college as well as providing up-to-date information regarding upcoming events. We encourage all Canberra College community members (students, staff and parents/carers) to monitor and contribute to our social media presence. A recent post on Facebook reached 860 followers and 61 people commented or made direct responses of engagement. We are determined for these figures to grow as awareness of this profile increases.
Our Facebook and Twitter pages can be accessed from the links below:
Information about upcoming events and good news/success/achievements/posts are shared on social media almost every day (sometimes a few times a day).
Our Instagram account is new and has quickly attracted current students as this is the preferred platform for this age group. Canberra College stories shared to Instagram typically get a response from students within minutes.
@actpublic schools follow our Instagram page and often respond to or share our post on their page which currently has 1299 followers.
Enrolling/Transferring - ACT Public Schools
Visit the Education website at www.education.act.gov.au for more information and to enrol using the online enrolment form
Parents/carers are welcome to apply to enrol/transfer their child at any time during the school year using an online application form. Full details are available from the Education website.