Great Lakes College Forster Campus is one of the two 7-10 campuses that with the senior campus form Great Lakes College. The student population has hovered around 600 in the last three years, inclusive of an average of seventy Aboriginal students or Torres Strait Islander students.
The Campus’ staffing entitlement for 2021 is: Teachers - 54.558, which includes Principal, two Deputy Principals, eight Head Teachers, HSLO, Careers Adviser, Librarian, and School Counsellor. Non-teacher entitlement 15.482 and corporate staff which includes a Student Support Officer, Business Manager and Technical Support Officer.
The majority of the Campus’ Equity funding will be used to support the 2021-2024 Strategic Improvement Plan’s key initiatives through targeted staffing or activity implementation.
The Campus offers a high-quality education in a young adolescent learning environment, where wellbeing programs provide the support for every child’s learning successes. Beginning in 2021, in support the Campus’ Strategic Directions new externally provided teacher professional learning will focus on trauma informed and high potential and gifted teaching and learning strategies. Specific in-school professional learning for key initiatives will also have a planned strategy in the areas of literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy support through improved data collection, and analysis to improve personalised and differentiated learning.
The College structure provides a wide curriculum, with many productive pathways for students, and opportunities for staff to work across the College. This could be as a College sporting team coach, curriculum teacher, on promotion, or for experience through the College staffing EOI process.
The Campus has a large support unit comprising of six classes: two emotional disturbance (ED) classes, one mild intellectual (IM), one behaviour difficulties (BD/Tut), one autism (Au) and one multi-categorical class. These classes are staffed with highly trained expert teachers and SLSOs.
Forster Campus has a diverse sporting program which encompasses both competitive and leisure-based activities. Cultural excellence is encouraged through a wide range of well-developed programs in drama, public speaking, debating, creative dance and music. The Campus enjoys strong links with the local Aboriginal community and is supported by its representatives. Forster Campus is also fully supported by the Great Lakes College Parents and Citizens Association.
Forster Campus is a part of the strong Great Lakes Learning Community which comprises of all Public Education schools in the Great Lakes. The Learning Community works collaboratively to provide opportunities for all young people to learn and grow together within a seamless educational journey.