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At Marcellin College, we seek to equip each student with the knowledge and skills they need to comprehend the world they live in and help them build the necessary critical and creative thinking to better understand and positively contribute to society.

Our Learning Framework

Our learning framework is built around Personalised Learning. In partnership with teachers at Marcellin College, students are guided to build a program of study that best supports their individual learning needs and prepares for life beyond secondary school.

This starts with a robust and balanced curriculum that, explores options for gifted and talented students, and challenges and stimulates all students to strive for the highest.

Reading Program

We recognise and understand the importance of fundamental literacy skills such as reading, a skill necessary for academic development across all subject areas. Year 7 and 8 students participate in a Reading Program designed to develop reading comprehension skills.

Students participate in regular one-on-one reading conferences with English teachers and Teacher-Librarians. Throughout the course of the program, students participate in regular testing to assess and plan for a continued improvement in reading performance. Engaging our students in targeted and frequent reading opportunities is critical to their development in, and enjoyment of reading.

Academic Colours

Academic Colours recognises student achievement across their academic program and are awarded based on the number of Academic Merit commendations given during a school year.

Students who achieve academic colours have achieved consistently high results and have demonstrated their willingness to persist and commit to their learning, and to strive for the highest in their pursuit of learning excellence.

Academic colours are presented up to, the top 10% of the year level cohort.

To be considered for Academic Colours, students should be striving for the following

| Year Level | Number of Subjects (per semester) | Recommended No. Academic Merit Commendations (per year) | | ----------- | ----------- | ----------- | | Year 7 | 10 |8 - 10 | | Year 8 | 10 |8 - 10 | | Year 9 | 7 |6 - 8 | | Year 10 | 7 |6 - 8 | | Year 11 | 6 |5 - 7 |

As Unit 3&4 studies are only eligible for teacher commendations in the category of Academic Endeavour, for Year 11 students enrolled in a Unit 3&4 study, Academic Endeavour commendations will be counted towards Academic Colours.

Students who achieve Academic Colours are entitled to wear these on their College blazer. The symbol of Academic Colours is the Open Book. This is embroidered on the pocket of the blazer, with the year that they were awarded Academic Colours being denoted.

Students can receive Academic Colours each year in Years 7 - 11.

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Home Study Club

The Home Study Club provides a safe, quiet and calm space for students to complete homework or home study tasks under the guidance and support of teaching staff. It is also a great opportunity to build relationships, develop good work habits and a positive attitude towards learning. The Home Study Club runs on Tuesday and Thursday nights and is free. Students are tutored by pre-serviced teachers from leading universities across Melbourne, as well as staff from our Learning Areas.

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Learning Diversity

Marcellin College is committed to catering for individual learning differences and needs. The Learning Diversity Team aims to support students across a broad spectrum of ability – from those requiring academic challenge to those requiring academic support. Our students are supported by special education teachers and integration aides.

The Learning Diversity Team’s goal is to work collaboratively with teaching staff and parents to provide a learning setting that acknowledges and supports individual needs through focused and targeted teaching.

When necessary, the Learning Diversity Team may refer to a broad range of outside educational and health professionals to assist with diagnosis and provision of intervention programs e.g., Marist Education Services, Catholic Education Office, curriculum advisers, speech therapists, visiting teachers and educational psychologists. For further information please click here.

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Schools must complete the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) every year. It counts the number of students who receive additional adjustments or ‘help’ at school because of a disability. The NCCD helps governments plan for the needs of students with disability. For more information, please click here.