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Plenty River College is an independent specialist senior secondary school, delivering the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at Foundation, Intermediate and Senior levels. We provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for young people aged 15-20 years who may have been disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from education.


Plenty River College’s vision is to empower students to achieve, through education, their personal best and to become positive, confident and productive members of our globalised world.


Plenty River College is a school of opportunities in which all students are empowered to achieve their personal best. Our mission is to assist students to develop life and work skills and achieve their learning by:

  • re-engaging them in education;

  • fostering their social and emotional development; and

  • providing a supportive and safe and environment for them.


Plenty River College’s core values are:

  • Passion for learning and teaching

  • Empowerment

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Kindness

In accordance with the principles outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic), as a Victorian Independent School, the programs and teaching at Plenty River College will support and promote the principles and practices of our Australian democracy including a commitment to:

  • An elected government

  • The rule of law

  • Equal rights for all before the law

  • Freedom of religion

  • Freedom of speech and association

  • The values of openness and tolerance.

Also, in accordance with the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic), Plenty River College will provide a secular education and will not promote any particular religious practice, denomination or sect and is open to adherents of any philosophy, religion or faith.

The College’s philosophy will be intricately linked to all our school operations which include:

  • School policies and practices

  • Teaching and learning programs

  • Staff recruitment, induction and development

  • Organisational structures and practices

  • Interactions with students, staff, parents, Board members and the wider community

Plenty River College’s Philosophy Statement will be published on the College’s website and in the student, parent/guardian handbook and teacher handbook. The Philosophy statement will also be reflected in all our policies.

Regular evaluation processes will be in place to measure performance in all areas of the College with respect to the implementation of the vision, values and objectives of the College.

This Philosophy Statement will be reviewed as part of the College’s review process.