Unity College seeks to place the needs of our students first and through this enhance the intellectual, spiritual, physical, social and emotional growth of each person. The community commits itself to the task of equipping each individual for a rich and meaningful life. It is within this context that the Senior School philosophy statement has been developed.
The Senior School at Unity College consists of Years 10–12.
Objectives of the Senior School
In response to the characteristics and needs of the young adults, the learning and teaching environment of the Senior School should:
- Provide a safe setting to support personal growth with independent and collaborative learning and to encourage all students to succeed – whether in the classroom, in extra-curricular activities or within the broader community and workplace
- Foster the development of positive and respectful relationships with teachers, parents and peers, which acknowledge and reflect their status as young adults
- Encourage student self-evaluation, monitoring and goal-setting in the learning and assessment process
- Respond to students’ differing needs, aspirations and backgrounds
- Recognise the barriers to and gaps in students’ learning and provide support to overcome them
- Encourage a striving for excellence in both academic and extra-curricular pursuits and involvement in cultural and sporting activities as well as academic studies
- Encourage students to extend their knowledge, explore attitudes and values and develop ethics of caring for themselves, others and our world
- Ensure that issues of gender, culture, disability, race and socioeconomic status are addressed openly and equitably
- Enable senior students to negotiate aspects of the curriculum, take part in decisions about Senior School policies and practices, and experience student management strategies that are democratic, equitable and fair
- Encourage students to develop their leadership skills and provide opportunity for meaningful student leadership
- Provide appropriate counselling and career education to help young adults with life issues and in setting goals and exploring pathways for future learning and employment, against the background of changes in the Australian and international economy and society
- Offer opportunity and encouragement for students to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and community service programs to develop independence, responsibility, physical wellbeing and mental health and resilience
- Continue to provide pastoral care in various ways, including through the Pastoral Care Program.