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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.

  • A Big Picture advisory has been established at both junior campuses of the College. Balmain Campus has an advisory with students from year 9 and 10 for the 2023 school year.  This advisory commenced in Term 4 of 2022. Leichhardt Campus established a year 9 advisory 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). BP Australia have developed a credential called, the IBPLC (International Big Picture Learning Credential) that can replace the ATAR for access to university and further study or employment. ​

  • 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 passions and interests and students develop a portfolio to plan their own learning (with the advisor’s guidance) while participating in a 2 day/week Internship. 

  • SSCB and SSCL are in the process of training staff for the potential of additional advisories depending on community interest. 

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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.

  • 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.  ​

  • During the semester program, students take the lead becoming social entrepreneurs and establish and operate their own social enterprise, they participate in brain training, wellbeing and regular school sport. 

  • Curriculum outcomes are met in all the elements along with creative and critical thinking and problem solving.

  • ​Pre and post program support are offered to assist students successfully engage in the program and, on completion, return to their mainstream classes.  ​

  • In 2022, two intakes were completed with 18 students participating. In 2023, we will run the program for the first semester at Balmain Campus and the second semester at Leichhardt Campus. The semester-long program includes a five or six week supported transition program back to mainstream classes. ​

  • Nominations for the program are a joint decision by the junior campus executive staff, the student and their families. 

  • ​For more information, please read the FAQs or contact your child's campus.

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