St John's Regional College, Dandenong

St John's Regional College, Dandenong

Principal:  Mr Tim Hogan

E No.  E1213

Year Levels:  7 to 12

Phone Number:  9791 3366

Email Website

History:

St John's Regional College began when the parish priests of the area invited the De la Salle Brothers to staff a new school. When the school opened in 1958 it was just a tin shed with 120 boys. Students were called to class by a bell hanging in a gum tree. With the progressive amalgamation of St John's and St Angela's School (staffed by the Presentation Sisters) in the 1970s, the first Catholic coeducational regional college in the nation was born. This development coincided with significant enrolment increases. St John's Regional College has developed into a vibrant Catholic co-educational community whose charism is in the Lasallian and Presentation tradition..


Description:

The priests of the region are chaplains at the College, reinforcing the link between parish and school. Students participate in liturgical celebrations at special times throughout the year. These liturgical experiences, which offer a sense of belonging to St John's faith community, are complemented by retreats and reflection days. Other opportunities for faith expression include the liturgy committee and social justice/community service activities including St Vincent de Paul group. Year Eleven students undertake community service for two hours per week. This program challenges students to look beyond their own lives and help people in need.
St John's Regional College is a safe, happy learning environment where each student has the opportunity to belong and achieve. Teachers engage students as active participants in the learning process. Academic excellence is encouraged and recognised along with sporting and artistic achievements. Each year, awards are presented to students who have excelled in their studies. St John's approach to learning emphasises literacy and numeracy skills as the means of accessing knowledge, communicating information and ideas, and solving problems. Opportunities exist for accelerated learning. Teaching and learning occur within a supportive environment in which each child is encouraged to discover his or her spiritual, academic, social, cultural and physical potential.
St John's has an Applied Learning Coordinator who utilises excellent resources and links to Universities, TAFE Colleges and other tertiary institutes. Career education, VCAL and work experience programs assist students to identify their career strengths and choose a future course.
In addition to a LOTE program offering Italian, students are able to study one of many different languages through the Victorian School of Languages. Students have access to a wide range of co-curricular activities, including an extensive instrumental music program, singing lessons and choral groups. All students can audition for the College Musical and St John's Day Talent Quest. Students compete in three major interschool sporting carnivals each year in the Southern Independent Schools (SIS) competition as well as weekly sport and cultural activities, and all students can participate in interhouse sporting carnivals and other house based competitions.
Year 7 students attend an induction camp to help their transition from primary school to secondary school and participate in the Secondary Transition Education Program (STEP). Year 10 students provide friendship and leadership to Year 7 students in the Peer Support (Buddy) program,. All these programs promote the self-esteem and sense of belonging that is so essential to each student's development. The college employs a Pastoral Coordinator to assist the smooth transition of Year 6 students from feeder parish schools. Homeroom activities form the basis of each student's participation in the school community. Homeroom teachers have a detailed knowledge of the progress and pastoral needs of each student in their group.
St John's community includes Student Welfare Contacts/Psychologists who hold appropriate qualifications in psychologyand student and family welfare, and whose services are available to students experiencing difficulties at school, home or in the community, and to their parents.


Features:

St John's Regional College is a registered training provider (RTO) and offers the VET Certificate in Hospitality. Students gain valuable industry skills in 'Graduates Restaurant', a training restaurant at the College which is open to the public. The College has won national Tourism and Training Awards for its contribution to hospitality training.

School location

Address:  5 - 11 Caroline Street
Dandenong VIC 3175

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Melbourne

Region:  Southern

Parish:  St Mary's