Principal's Welcome


As the newly appointed Principal, my vision for Cheltenham Secondary College is to provide an outstanding educational environment for our community, instilling in each individual the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for future success.

Excellence in education is our driving force, but it will be the growth in the individual that will measure our success. This means challenging our current understanding as learners and educators, seeking to grow, to be more resilient and embracing change. As a community our focus is on graduating well-rounded individuals that are equipped with the knowledge, skills and character to lead in the 21st century.

Our wellbeing program focuses on developing the individual, their emotional awareness, interpersonal skills, resilience and sense of community. We will measure our success through the impact we have on individual students, their performance, progress and wellbeing. This means that we seek to provide the greatest value-add to every individual student. We seek to inspire our students and teachers to perform at their best in whatever they do by providing an enriching environment that supports our constant pursuit for knowledge, individual growth and wellbeing.

The college is strengthened in its endeavour to be a world-class learning environment - learning that matters - based on strong values that reflect our community expectations of Personal Best, Respect, Responsibility and Sense of Community. One of the important elements of success for Cheltenham is a culture where students understand the importance our community plays in their learning.

On behalf of the staff and students of Cheltenham Secondary College, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our prospective students and their families. We are proud to be part of a wonderful community filled with rich traditions; a community that has high expectations for the educational outcomes of every individual student, no matter their pathway. I am confident that you will find that the opportunities available to our students while attending Cheltenham will prepare them well for their future, whatever that may hold.

We are extremely fortunate to have a wide variety of academic and elective courses available to our students. While many schools are reducing their offerings, our students continue to have wonderful opportunities made available.

Parents, I would like to encourage you to stay active in your child’s school life, even in the face of their attempts to distance themselves from you as they grow and mature into responsible young adults. It is important that we work together, as it truly takes a partnership between the college and the home to ensure success for each individual student.

Kind regards,

Karl Russell
Principal