The School

Wedderburn College is a F-12 school of around 180 students located in the Shire of Loddon in the North Central district of Victoria, approximately 75 kilometres north of Bendigo. Wedderburn is approximately 217 kilometres from Melbourne. The town has a population of about 800 people of whom approximately 200 live on town boundary farms. Students are drawn from the small communities of Korong Vale, Borung and Inglewood. Central to the strategic direction of Wedderburn College is the development and wellbeing of every student academically, socially and emotionally. Our staff believe that positive relationships are the foundation of strong learning experiences in every classroom, with every student.

Our College has a whole school focus on improving the literacy and numeracy of students and on developing a curriculum that is relevant for students in the 21st century. The College vision: ‘Developing positive learners for a world community’, reflects our desire for all students to access opportunities that will allow them to realise positive and productive futures for themselves. The values that underpin the Colleges beliefs are Responsibility, Respect, and Resilience. The College occupies a significant and valuable place within the wider Wedderburn community and this relationship is a source of pride for both.

The college works cooperatively with our neighboring schools to access a wide range of learning opportunities. A sense of belonging and connection to the College is fostered by our homeroom program where students have access to daily care and support.

The Community

Wedderburn’s thriving little community offers a breath of fresh air. Steeped in the history of the old goldfields, you can fossick for some of the precious metal in the old diggings on public land surrounding the town. A walk through the surrounding bush will find you in a peaceful and tranquil surroundings of box and ironbark trees. The bush abounds with native flora and fauna there are also plenty of kangaroos and wallabies to be seen. You may even catch a glimpse of the shy echidna. Using Wedderburn as a base, you will find friendly country pubs, boutique wineries, areas of historical and cultural significance, fishing and bird watching all within easy reach. Wedderburn offers a relaxed country lifestyle at affordable prices. The town has an excellent range of services including kindergarten, doctor, sporting clubs, interest groups, shopping centre to supply a wide range of goods and services and of course an excellent F-12 college.

General

Farming plays an important role in the Wedderburn region today. There is a mixture of broadacre cropping and sheep farming run by proud generational farming families. The Loddon Shire offices are based in Wedderburn which is a source of employment for many local residents. The local supermarket, hardware and hotel also offer employment opportunities to residents as well as providing part time employment to many Wedderburn College students. Wedderburn community has an interesting and prosperous arts culture that is supported by a growing group of residents. There is a local artist gallery that annually displays the local college student’s artistic work and pottery produced by a local resident. The Wedderburn streetscape has recently undergone a major $2 million dollar redevelopment supported by the Victorian and Local governments.

Services

Wedderburn has a local Medical Clinic with a full time doctor, Pharmacy and 24hr Ambulance Community Officer Branch and a manned Police Station. The Head Offices of the Loddon Shire are located in the township. Wedderburn Community House is located just off the main street which offers a range of community services including Centrelink, Vicroads agency, Internet Café and Job Seekers Agency to name a few. Wedderburn has a local post office, newsagency and motel. Wedderburn has a Bendigo Bank agency operating from the Foodworks supermarket and Bendigo Bank and ANZ atm’s.

Sport

Sport is an integral part of the Wedderburn community. There are opportunities all year round for sports minded people to join the wide range of traditional sports in town. Football, netball, hockey, cricket, tennis, bowls and golf clubs have proud traditions and welcome new members. There is also an outdoor swimming pool in town that is open during the warmer months of the year.