(Read our comprehensive online College Course Handbook by clicking the picture (left))
College offer a range of Courses which ensure all students exceed the requirements of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). We offer an individualised program to meet the needs of students who are targeting a vocational or tertiary pathway in their post-secondary worlds.
From 2017, we will also be offering a Certificate IV in Design. This is a unique proposition for any WA School and allows students to access many university courses directly through preferential portfolio entry!
Most recently; we renovated our “Boathouse” to accommodate a growing demand for our Middle School and College Programs. You can read more about the “Boathouse” on our blog.
Bold Park Community School is committed to offering College students a range of diverse educational and vocational experiences in their senior years. In shaping the College package each year we are committed to;
- Ensuring that students may successfully achieve university entrance through courses offered at Bold Park Community School via multiple means of entry.
- Ensuring that all graduation (WACE) requirements are able to be achieved through course structures at Bold Park Community School.
- Selecting courses based on the abilities and interests of the students in the College population.
- Offering additional specialist courses through our partnership with SIDE (Distance Education).
- Formally recognising students through Endorsed Program Accreditation.
- Implementation of Workplace Learning Strategies to ready students for future workplace/s.
- Developing partnerships with TAFE in order to offer Nationally Accredited Certificate I, II, III or IV courses.
- Certificate IV in Design (Available for Year 11’s from 2017).
- Seeking authentic partnerships with businesses, universities and working closely with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
- Offering the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award at Bold Park Community School for students aged 14 and above.
- Recognition for Community Service hours through Years 10 – 12.
In brief, we develop a program with students which incorporates; WACE Courses, Endorsed Programs, Nationally Accredited Certificate (VET) Courses, TAFE Courses (External or Correspondence), School-Based Traineeships, Distance Education (SIDE) Offerings and Workplace Learning. All of these areas are explained in more detail in the College Handbook (available by clicking the picture of the handbook above) along with the requirements for achieving Year 12 graduation and career/study pathways beyond Secondary Schooling.
Whilst offerings may change from year to year based on individual student needs, we currently offer;
|WACE Course Units|
|SIDE (Distance Education Course Partnerships)*|
A student at Bold Park Community School, commencing Year 10 in 2015 and finishing in Year 12 in 2017 will accumulate all WACE Course Units for graduation and at least one Nationally Accredited Certificate II Qualification tailored to their strengths, interests and career leanings. In 2018, we will have our first students graduating with a Certificate IV qualification!
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognised youth development program providing opportunities for personal and social development for 14-25 year olds through skill development, recreational pursuit, volunteering and completing an adventurous journey. By fulfilling the BRONZE or SILVER level of the Duke of Edinburgh, College students will receive an additional 2 WACE Unit credits which will be recorded on their academic record.
1:1 iPad Program & Online Course Accessibility
Middle School and College students have incorporated a 1:1 iPad program to develop a working ownership of technology. This has been significantly supported by a systems approach to assessment and portfolio work through the “Schoology” platform.
“Schoology” was introduced to the Middle School and College community in 2011 as a way to “make visible” the expectations of assessment and homework to students and parents. It provides a user-friendly interface for students and an easily accessible “one-stop spot” for students to view assessment materials, assessment sheets, due dates, updates, reminders and to interact with their teachers and peers through their learning journey.
Camps (See separate page for ‘Camps Rationale‘)
Camps have been a part of our Middle School and College at BPCS for many years and give our students unforgettable experiences where they have opportunities to build and establish strong social bonds with their peers and teaching team; learning about each other enables them to work, learn and interact more successfully; they learn about themselves and about the things that challenge and motivate them, developing self-respect and respect for others; foster resilience, confidence and empowerment for students as they attempt things which may be outside their comfort zone.
Over the past few years, Middle School and College students have experienced the following camping environments;
|2017||Wheatbelt and Boyagin Rock Bush Camp|
|2016||Collie – Indigenous Experience at Wellington Cottages|
|2015||Morapoi (Kalgoorlie) – Indigenous Cultural Experience|
|2014||Rottnest Island – Beach Skills / Surfing / Outdoor Education|
|2013||Canberra – Cultural Focus / Politics / Protest / History|
|2012||Dryandra – Flaura & Fauna / Animal Trapping / Australian Wildlife|
|2011||Jurien Bay – Kayaking / Outdoor Education / Skill-Based|
What to hear some stories from our College program? Please visit our “On the Ground” page!
More information regarding the day to day structures of our College program can be found on pages 68 to 73 of the Parent Handbook. Click on the image of the handbook to read more.