Isabella Cansdell, Gleeson College President 2014
Welcome to Gleeson College
Established in 1989, our College was named after the late Archbishop James Gleeson, and as a College we take great pride in the strong values deeply imbedded in our faith-filled community. Together, we endeavour to create and sustain an environment which encompasses the Gleeson 10; a set of Core Values which are the foundation upon which the students, staff, parents and friends of our Catholic Co-Educational community follow and uphold.
At Gleeson College learning and growing in a community of belonging and unity is central toCollege life. Our motto, Learning-Community-Mission, stands to encompass all aspects of education, service and personal development. Students at Gleeson College are given the ability to develop their faith and talents through the education and extracurricular opportunities offered to all students.
Learning: Gleeson College aims to provide an excellent learning environment for all students during their time in secondary school. Through a variety of class activities and the use of technologies including interactive whiteboards, laptops in every classroom and portable tablets, students are able to develop their skills in their chosen subject pathways. The high academic standard at the College is one that we are very proud of and strive to continue to meet in the future.
Our College offers a broad range of programs to accommodate each individual’s learning styles and needs. The Ex-L Program give those students seeking an extra challenge in addition to their education. The Flexible Learning Centre offers support to students seeking support in their subjects and assistance with their learning. Additionally, the Academic Support Program ensures that all students are supported to achieve their best throughout their time at the College.
Gleeson College’s Performing Arts and Music programs are of great pride to our College and inspire students to take up new opportunities and help to build confident performers. Students involved in these departments are provided with many opportunities to showcase their talents including the Generations in Jazz festival held in Mount Gambier, tours of local primary schools, Balaklava Eisteddfod, School Musical and various concerts, Masses and Assemblies held by Gleeson College.
Instrumental lessons are offered to interested students, along with the opportunity to join one of our many bands and/or vocal ensembles.
The College’s FFSA World Football Specialist Program and Netball SA Specialist Program continue to empower and develop the skills of each individual athlete involved. The programs present unique opportunities for students such as being lead by excellence coaches and well-known professional athletes. Doing so allows students to gain insight into professional sport and improve in their chosen sport. Our College takes part in the Independent Schools Sports Association, Catholics Girls Sports Association, Secondary Schools Sport South Australia and Australian International Pedal Prix competition (HPV Series), which allows students and staff manufacture all vehicles on campus.
Community: Gleeson College takes great pride in the strong relationships established between students, staff and families of the community. The Vertical House system inspires College spirit and improves student relations in both the Middle and Senior School. The system allows for houses to work more closely together towards common ideals and share experiences as a house.
On of the most unique aspects of our College is the One+ Campus which connects Gleeson College to our neighbour schools, Pedare Christian College and Golden Grove High School. The One+ Campus allows the three schools to share critical resources and learning facilities such as the Electronics Trade Training Centre; a specialised training unit for students interested in Electrotechnology.
Mission: The mission left to the community by our College Patron was service to others which ties our College with local and global communities. Through religious education lessons, students are able to become aware of their impact on the world. In the words found in Micah (6:8), we strive to “act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God”.
Year Level Retreats are held annually and give students the opportunity for personal spiritual growth as well as building strong student relationships. The three-day Year 11 and Year 12 Retreats are intended to prepare students for the many experiences and opportunities that will become available in future years.
We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the academic and co-curricular opportunities Gleeson College has to offer.
Fabian Morales Vargas & Gabriella Centofanti,
2015 College Presidents