Trafalgar High School, with a student enrolment of approximately 750, is situated in a pleasant environment between the Strzelecki Ranges and Mount Baw Baw. Located on a large, attractive site adjacent to Trafalgar Primary School, this unique rural setting nurtures a strong school identity based on wide community support, providing a stable, caring environment in which each individual attains a sense of identity and self worth. Many students travel to the school by bus or train from well beyond the local area.
Our students are encouraged to exhibit positive attitudes to learning, high levels of independence, cooperation, tolerance of others, self-discipline, and pride in achievement. Courses of study for Years 7 – 10 offer a challenging environment across the eight Key Learning Areas (Arts, English, Health & Physical Education, Languages Other than English, Technology, Mathematics, Humanities), all of which are equitable represented in a balanced curriculum grid.
In addition, a Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program (SEALP), established in 1997, enables selected students to cover an enriched Years 7 – 10 curriculum, potentially in only three years. Many SEALP students choose to remain in this program into Year 10, however, undertaking some VCE units in the process. The school seeks to offer the broadest VCE curriculum possible each year. The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is available to Years 11 and 12 students more suited to ‘hands-on’ work. Aiding is available to students assessed as having learning difficulties.
Camps, outdoor education, excursions, LOTE study tours, work education and career advice, further enrich the curriculum across a range of year levels. Generally, our school leavers successfully enter adult life by joining the work force or pursuing further studies. VCE results have been consistently above the state average, as has success in a range of sports, national competitions, and musical endeavours. An active Student Representative Council encourages student support and ownership of the curriculum.