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Priority Programs


Sydney Secondary College will partner with Big Picture Education to develop and implement a Big Picture Advisory program for Stage 5 students at our junior campuses.

  • We will establish a Big Picture Education (BPE) advisory at the College, starting with Balmain Campus for Year 9 students in Semester 2 2022 that will continue with plans to commence a second advisory  at Leichhardt Campus in 2023.

  • BPE started in the U.S approx. 25 years ago and in Australia about 15 years ago. BPE is working with the Department of Education as an alternative pathway to education for Stage 5/6 learners (currently approximately 40 schools).

  • Big Picture's philosophy is ‘One student at a time in a community of learners’.

  • An advisory is the classroom, that BP students attend instead of their regular classes. The curriculum is mapped to their passion project and students develop a portfolio to plan their own learning (with the advisor’s guidance) while participating in a 2 day/wk Internship.

  • Currently SSC-Balmain has commenced with promotion and marketing of BPE to students and parents.

  • SSCB and SSCL are in the process of training staff for this exciting project.

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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a voluntary, internationally recognised program for young people to build their skills for life and work.

  • There are 3 Award levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold – each progressively more challenging.

  • Each campus has an Award Leader to support Participants through their Award journey, however, all Participants are expected to be independently organised and motivated in completing their Sections, informing their Award Leader of their progress, and keeping their Record Book up to date.

  • Students aged 14 years or older at Balmain and Leichhardt campuses can register their interest to become Participants for the Bronze Award or Silver Award. Please note that spaces are limited and that applicant approval is subject to a review process.

  • Upon transition to Blackwattle Bay campus in Year 11, students can choose to pursue the Gold Award.

  • For information on how the Award works, please click hereFor more information on how to best support your child through the Award program, please click here.

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The T Centre is a combined academic and wellbeing program in a small group setting for Year 7 and 8 learners (Stage 4) from our Balmain and Leichhardt campuses.

  •  The T Centre supports students to develop their skills and strategies for success in all areas of their school life. 

  • The T Centre draws on the existing strengths, talents and interests of the students through a practical, engaging and real world based program. 

  • Students will be involved in guided project-based learning, the Stronger Brains training program, coaching, fencing, literacy, numeracy, ICT, and stage-based key learning goals.

  • Connection to the student’s home campus and classroom ensure that key learning outcomes needed to help them successfully return to their original classes are included. 

  • Each term sees a new program intake with the current T Centre students providing a welcome and mentoring the new intake.  

  • Program 2 starts in Term 3 and nominations are now open.

  • For more, contact your Campus or see our FAQs.