Students are empowered to aspire and achieve

Copperfield College school captains Chad Lazaro and Todd Truong with our principal Phillipa Griffiths.

Copperfield College’s mission is to ‘empower every student to aspire and achieve’; the key word, being ‘every’.

The college community lives its values of Collaboration, Inclusiveness and Growth, and embrace all learners into the Copperfield family, knowing that every student can learn, every student can progress and create opportunities for themselves and others.

The college does this by investing in people to provide wrap around support for each child. There are Home Groups teachers, Team Leaders, Campus Leaders, Campus Principals, Wellbeing staff, expert literacy, numeracy and EAL teachers, Pathways staff and staff who support extra curricula activities, and of course, expert classroom teachers.

Student survey data reflects the college’s success, with Copperfield data being in the top quartile of the state for teacher student relations, safety, not experiencing bullying, motivation and interest and high expectations. This is also reflected int the college’s median ATAR of 28, which is above state average.

Copperfield is a large school and as such offers a huge range of course options. In fact senior students have the choice of 37 VCE subjects and 33 VET options. The new VCE Vocational Major (VM) certificate was modelled on Copperfield’s successful vocational educational programs. Although Copperfield is a large school, because it is located on three campuses, students get the benefit of being with a smaller cohort, so they are seen, known, and know each other.

The community’s diversity is also a strength, with families coming from many different countries. Community Liaison staff work closely with families, providing translations and information sessions in community languages. This brings a richness and vibrancy to the college as staff and students live their values every day.

The Year 7 transition program has proved very popular with students who endorse it strongly. It begins during their primary school years with the opportunity to attend college events, participate in peer tutoring and meeting teachers. The beginning of their first year includes a transition program where they get to know the school and its systems and process and participate in a fun filled day of inter Home Group competition.

Copperfield College also has a 2-year scholarship program for students starting Year 7. There are three areas, Academic Excellence, Performing Arts and Leadership/ Community cholarships. Students who demonstrate excellence in their field are encouraged to apply as this is a wonderful opportunity for students to be supported in playing to their strengths. In addition to financial support, successful students also receive a school recommended

device. Information is available on the website.

Copperfield College has a motto; ‘one family, three homes’. The college takes pride in its positive retention rates. Once students become part of the Copperfield family, staff nurture them until they realise their potential and leave as well rounded, caring citizens with a positive life pathway.