The curriculum and student management is organised via two sub schools. Year level coordinators manage the transition processes and subject selections, co-curricular activities and student behaviour. Students are organised in home groups with a pastoral teacher and these groups meet twice per week. The junior sub school (year 7 in particular) receives priority in the allocation of a home group teacher, as that teacher is generally their Mathematics and Science teacher or their English and Humanities teacher. The year 7 and 8 teaching teams also conduct a Personal Development for Learning program, with a focus on independent and interdependent learning. Year levels and sub schools conduct meetings specific to their needs. In the senior sub school, this includes visiting speakers and a strong focus on the Managed Individual Pathways Program. Staff who teach in each sub school attend regular meetings to discuss student learning, welfare and management issues.
Mission and Values.
Courteous, respectful and supportive relationships between students and staff are a feature of our College. Work with both pastoral and student groups emphasises the development of a supportive and positive school culture, where students feel free to express themselves and achieve their potential. A Student Leadership Program operates at all Year levels and the Student Representative Council provides a meaningful voice in College decision making processes.
Expectations about student behaviour are high. All teachers develop a Classroom Management Plan within the framework of the College values and behaviours. Expectations and consequences are clearly communicated, and the rules are consistently and firmly enforced. Where difficulties arise, Diamond Valley College offers practical support to parents and students and ensures that this communication is open and honest.