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Welcome to 2019

I am very much looking forward to learning and working with the Woodvale Secondary College community in 2019, my fifth year at the College as principal. We have a proud tradition of serving our community since 1985 by providing wonderful opportunities for learning in a positive, safe and welcoming environment.

While our students regularly achieve high ATAR results and gain many Certificates through their VET programs, of greater importance I think is our belief that each and every student can achieve their best through the support that is available to them.  This is enshrined in our motto of Pursuing Excellence and in our mission statement: 

Woodvale empowers, challenges and supports students to achieve their personal best and engage as responsible global citizens.

We have a strong connection with our local area intake primary schools through the Woodvale Learning Community.  One of the best examples of this is evidenced in our highly successful transition processes for our Year 7 students.  Our students are connected to their local community through workplace learning, music performances, links to Edith Cowan University, sporting engagements and an array of incursions and excursions.  They are connected to the global community through our focus on Asian languages and regular international trips and exchange programs. 

We take very seriously our values of respect, responsibility and relationships and expect that all Woodvale SC community members honour them.


One of the best aspects about a school our size is the amazing array of opportunities that is available to students:  from specialist programs to Cadets to excursions to mentoring and much more.  Each year we look for new ways in which to enhance the contemporary nature and relevance of the opportunities available.  2018 saw a greater emphasis on STEM activities and this will continue in 2019.  Our contemporary learning space in the iCentre is the perfect venue for encouraging creativity and collaboration- two key twenty first century skills that we know students will need when they exit the College.


Experience tells us that those students who are the most successful and most positive about their secondary experience are those who have attended regularly (90% and above), engaged the most in classroom and extra-curricular activities, and embraced every opportunity.  We find also that those families who engage fully with their children’s progress and our College gain the most from the experience too. 


Year 7 and 11 students commence the 2019 school year with specially designed Big Days In to signal the significance of the transition that they are making.  All year groups will be given information about our College expectations, with particular reference to our College values of respect, responsibility and relationships.


I look forward to another positive year pursuing excellence and celebrating success in 2019.


Lea Fairfoul-Hutcheon