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Ararat College has played an important role in serving the needs of young people in the Ararat and surrounding community for over 100 years.  While the school has undergone a number of name changes and amalgamations there has been a continuous strong provision of state education.  Our school prides itself on its success in encouraging its students to achieve their full academic, physical and social potential and to become proactive and well-rounded young citizens equipped to have a positive impact on the world. Every year our school has students who achieve outstanding results in VCE, VCAL and VET programs and our overall pass rate has been close to or at 100%.  Ararat College has commitments to life-long learning, to building a safe and supportive environment and to creating a positive set of personal values

Our school does not step back from the challenge of accepting all young people and providing them with appropriate, personalised learning programs to maximise their prospects and this cannot be said of all schools.  While some individual students may be particularly demanding, such people also exist in society and I firmly believe that by being educated in an environment that these individuals are appropriately catered for, all of our students become more tolerant, more confident and more resilient and are better prepared for life beyond school and for associating with people from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

After an extensive review of all school operations and wide consultation with students, staff, parents and other community members, new priorities and goals have been set in our new four year School Strategic Plan 2019 - 2022. Having successfully embedded a consistent approach to classroom teaching, with the very specific aim of improving student learning outcomes in our last School Strategic plan we are now well positioned to embed our school’s instructional model and to promote a continued increase in student voice, student agency and student leadership.  Continually improving Student Attitude to School Survey results, Parent Opinion Survey results and School Staff Survey results provide strong evidence that impressive progress continues to be made and it is pleasing that this is being acknowledged by our students, parents and staff. 

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Ellie McDougall
College Principal
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