You bring the passion, we bring the education

July 11, 2024 BY

Geelong AFLW player Zali Friswell with SEDA students. AFL Geelong clinic being run with the assistance of students from SEDA College.

SEDA College was established in 2007 to address gaps in traditional education and in 2017 evolved into an Independent Senior Secondary School and the largest provider of the Victorian Certificate of Education – Vocational Major (VCE VM), with more than 800 students across Victoria.

At SEDA, students who share a passion for sports thrive in an applied, hands-on learning environment. Partnering with Australia’s leading sport, recreation, community, and trade organisations, such as the Geelong Football Club, Cricket Australia, Western United FC, Melbourne Vixens, and Melbourne United, students gain real-world industry experiences.

The SEDA model places student interests at the forefront of their senior secondary education, integrating practical connections to industry. Exclusive high-performance programs in AFL, cricket, basketball and football empower eligible students to complete their education in a high-performance training environment.

SEDA College in Geelong, operating since 2009, boasts three classes in partnership with prominent organisations such as the Geelong Football Club, Cricket Victoria, Western United FC, Melbourne Vixens, and Melbourne United.

Geelong AFLW player Zali Friswell with a SEDA student.

A priority is the development of key personal qualities and transferable skills, aligning with the needs of employers.

Their classrooms, strategically located in local community settings, provide a dynamic environment for learning.

SEDA College’s individualised learning transforms students’ lives and provides unique opportunities to develop practical skills for a successful future. Their distinctive “one teacher, one classroom” model fosters a genuine mentoring approach, enabling teachers to walk alongside and support each student’s individual journey through their secondary education.

In a typical week, students spend 2.5 days in the classroom, one day delivering sport clinics in the community, and one day gaining industry experience in a structured workplace. Activities throughout the year, such as presentations on health promotion strategies, coaching sessions with elite partners, and engaging in sports such as surfing and skiing, enhance the SEDA College experience.

Career advice is integral to their program, with all students completing their “MyPLAN”, a digital professional portfolio linking skills and industry experiences to educational and employment pathways. Their teachers, supported by the professional pathways team, guide students through this process, ensuring a seamless transition into their desired future.

SEDA College has more than 800 students across the state who share a passion for sports. Picture: Alan Barber

“Our mission is to ensure that every SEDA College graduate not only possesses a strong understanding of themselves but also has the capacity to make a positive impact beyond the school gates,” SEDA College Victoria principal Heath McMillin said.

“We are committed to providing each student with the best possible education, equipping them for further studies, the workforce, and empowering them to contribute meaningfully to their community in the years ahead.”

To learn more about SEDA College, head to seda.vic.edu.au