College President's Welcome
Welcome to Gleeson College
Gleeson College was established in 1989, being built on the strong values and principles held by our founder, the late Archbishop James Gleeson. As a faith-filled community, our aim as a College is to provide a safe and welcoming community where students are happy to learn and grow together with the help of the wonderful teachers and support staff, who devote their time to ensure all members of Gleeson succeed in in reaching their goals. Positive relationships between students, staff and families is evident and strengthens our community. New and updated facilities, and a broad range of opportunities, provided to students allow each student the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Religious Education & The Gleeson 10 >
The Gleeson 10 are an important set of values that are followed and upheld by staff, students and extended members of the community at Gleeson College. The Gleeson 10 have been an important aspect for over 10 years, when they were developed to focus and inspire the community on a daily basis. Our Religious Education Program is an important part of College life. Religious Education is taught from Year 7 to 12, where students will participate in class, House and College Masses, as well as many other Catholic celebrations throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in Social Justice Activities and Community Outreach initiatives.
Embracing Excellence & Attaining Your Full Potential >
All Gleeson College, staff and students take pride in their achievements and the achievement of our community members, which in turn creates a culture of excellence. Having this culture means that all members of our Gleeson community work toward helping others achieve excellence. Gleeson College provides support for all students and works side by side with families to provide pathways suited to the goals, interests and capabilities of individual students. Our Flexible Learning Centre provides a quiet space for students to work with the help of specialised teachers. This space is utilised by students who have additional learning support needs, as well as those who seek to be challenged and extended in their learning. The Flexible Learning Centre also provides counselling to establish the steps towards further study and/or vocations.
Sporting Programs >
The World Football and Netball Specialist Programs provide an alternative to the Physical Education Program. Professional coaches with credentials in State and National codes train students and support our teams. The programs provide playing opportunities for students in both Saturday Morning and Knockout competitions, and the Twilight Soccer League.
Performing Arts Program >
Gleeson College's Performing Arts Program allows students new opportunities and the chance to excel in different facets of College life. Students involved in these programs are provided with many opportunities to showcase their talents at events such as the Balaklava and Adelaide Eisteddfods, College Musical Productions, various concerts, cabarets and community performances, as well as College Masses and Assemblies. Instrumental lessons are offered to interested students, along with the opportunity to join one of our many bands, vocal ensembles and/or dance groups.
Languages & Cultural Program >
Gleeson College's Languages and Cultural programs provides a range of opportunities to study a language and develop a greater understanding of different cultures. Japanese and Italian are offered to students in Years 7-9 where they can continue to study these subjects through to Year 12. Students wishing to study a language past Year 9 are offered a range of different language and cultural excursions to Central Markets or one of the major Adelaide universities. Also, Japanese students in Years 10, 11 and 12 can participate in the biannual Japan Trip, travelling to Japan for a two-week cultural immersion. This trip encompasses travel to Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima and includes a short homestay with Kogakuin Junior High School, our sister school located in Tokyo, Japan. Members of the Gleeson College community also have the opportunity to host a short or long-term exchange student from Kogakuin, throughout the year.
Student Leadership >
Across all year levels, students have several opportunities to run for leadership positions either within their House or for the College as a whole. Through these experiences the students can express and develop their leadership skills with the help of teachers and the rest of the community. This is also an opportunity for the staff and College to find different styles of leadership and explore new ideas and initiatives that each new Student Leadership Team develops.
Gleeson College aims to allow each student to achieve their best, encouraging a culture of excellence within the College. It is important that as a community we take pride and enjoyment in our school by recognising and congratulating the achievements of ourselves and others. This includes academic, sporting, music and the many other achievements of those within our community. Gleeson students wear their uniform and represent the College with pride as members of this community.
The College community, staff, students and parents are dedicated to their roles within the community. The supportive environment and the College ethos permeates through all our relationships, and supports staff and students to work to the best of their ability at all times. The staff and students of the College are provided great support from the Parent and Friends Committee who assist the College and bring forward any concerns or positive feedback received by all parents of the community.
Presence is highly important in everything that we do at Gleeson College. Not only the physical presence of being at school, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual presence we afford to with all our endeavours. Maintaining this presence also heightens awareness of positive mental health. Our wellbeing and personal development programs allow students to identify the need for help and get the support they needed.
Finally, being a Catholic community we seek prayerfulness in everyday activities from all members of our College. Prayerfulness encompasses not only Religious Education classes, daily prayer and whole school Masses, but also meditation, spirituality and connecting with people and the surrounding environment.
We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the learning and co-curricular opportunities Gleeson College has to offer.
Lachlan Agius & Britney Shorter, 2017 College Presidents