What are the changes to VCE/VCAL?
From 2025, all schools across Victoria will offer the ‘Integrated Senior Secondary Certificate’ which brings together the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). This new certificate will give students greater choice and flexibility to pursue their strengths and interests, and develop the skills and capabilities needed to succeed in further education, work and life.
Full details of the anticipated changes to VCE across Victoria are available here: https://www.vic.gov.au/many-talents-one-vce
Which year levels will be available at which campus, as of 2023?
As of 2023, St Bede’s College will house two dynamic Middle School Hubs; one at each of the campuses. Mentone Campus will also be home to our Senior School Hub, which will accommodate all Year 10-12 St Bede’s students.
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Why is this change occurring next year?
While the full course changes announced by the Victorian State Government will be implemented over two years, they begin to take effect in January 2023. The College and the Board recognised that a delay in updating the structure of our campuses meant diminished elective choices for Bentleigh East students, decreasing access and equity at the same fee levels.
This is also a fantastic opportunity for our students to be ahead of the curve, by ensuring Year 10 elective offerings are in line with the changes taking place at Years 11 and 12 in 20024-2025 and by allowing time for them to completely settle in to their respective Middle and Senior Hubs prior to the final stages of the VCAA changes.
How will my child travel to and from campuses?
A bus service that runs between campuses will be funded as required to ensure this transition is as seamless as possible for our families.
Will I need to transfer my enrolment to Mentone or will this be automatically transferred over?
Enrolments will be automatically transferred; no administration is required by families.
Will there be a difference in fees now my child is moving to Mentone?
There is no difference in enrolment fees, regardless of which campus your child attends.
I feel unfamiliar with Mentone Campus; when am I able to revisit?
Although your child will already be well acquainted with the Mentone campus – through ‘whole-school’ assemblies, sport training, or event attendance (eg Mad Day) – there is an upcoming opportunity for Year 9 families to attend together for the Year 10 Careers Night, 26th August 2022. Further information to come.
Additionally, our Enrolments Registrar is more than happy to conduct a further tour of the campus facilities should you wish to revisit prior to your child attending in 2023. Please contact Deb Campion on 9582 5999 to arrange this visit.
I would still like to have a conversation with someone in person. Who is the best person to contact?
Please feel free to access the below sessions should you require information which extends beyond the above. These sessions will be held online and initially limited to 10 people per time slot. We want to ensure families have adequate opportunity to be heard, with further sessions to become available as the need arises.
Current Year 9’s – Bentleigh East campus:
Current Year 7 and 8’s – Bentleigh East campus: