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Our school

Neerim District Secondary College is a small stand-alone years 7-12 secondary college with approximately 210 students, located in the rural township of Neerim South in Baw Baw Shire.

The College is set among the beautiful and prosperous hills of West Gippsland, serving a diverse community of farming, forestry, tourism, professional and business families.The ski resort of Mt Baw Baw is relatively close to the town. Established in 1961, Neerim District Secondary College believes strongly in seeking to build and maintain good relations between students, staff, parents and the community.

The College maintains a high quality education program designed to enable all students to achieve successful outcomes in learning. The school places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of individuals. We recognize that successful outcomes for students will include:

  • Maximizing academic achievement
  • Developing learning skills and the love of learning
  • Building social competencies alongside the ability to work successfully with others
  • Becoming independent thinkers and well-rounded, confident, responsible individuals


We take pride in providing the broadest possible curriculum choices, valuing diversity and excellence in learning in an environment that is safe, tolerant, supportive and friendly. Building literacy skills among students is a special focus for the school. All NDSC students participate in a comprehensive range of studies, allowing them to experience the full breadth of the curriculum.

Years 7 & 8

In years 7 & 8, students are given a broad cross section of subjects then our increasingly flexible program in years 9 & 10, involve core and elective subjects, challenging students to reach high standards through choice.


English is compulsory at VCE level and students are otherwise able to select from a range of pathways. These include Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Technology, Physical Education/Outdoor Education and the Fine Arts. Valuable experience and training in industry is accessible through VET and VCAL courses at VCE level, as well as through Work Experience Placements at year 10 and the Trade Taster Program at year 9.

Student learning

A key focus for the college is to develop learners who are confident in facing a challenging future where school is only one step along the education journey that will last a lifetime. The College is able to offer consistent individual assistance to students to support learning in basic skills of literacy and numeracy. Our dedicated and professional staff are constantly considering new ways to extend classroom activities and engage students in learning.


At Neerim District Secondary College, all students have opportunities to become involved in College-wide programs such as the House sports, debating and public speaking competitions. Leadership roles include School and House Captains, School Council and Peer Support. The school offers extra-curricular opportunities such as the debutante ball and musical productions. Students are encouraged to build their leadership skills through participation in decision-making and community events, as well as through taking part in school and house assemblies. Acknowledgement of student achievement is given a high profile at such assemblies, as well as through awards, including those given out at the Presentation Night at the end of each year.