|Bendigo Senior Secondary College|
|Motto||Latin: Qui Patitur Vincit|
(Translation: "Who perseveres conquers")
|Years taught||Year 11-12|
|Number of students||1850|
Bendigo Senior Secondary College (BSSC) is a government-funded co-educational secondary school for Year 11 and Year 12 students located in the centre of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia and is the largest provider of VCE, VET and VCAL in the state of Victoria.
Bendigo has four government-funded Year 7-10 secondary schools: Eaglehawk Secondary College, Bendigo South East College, Crusoe College and Weeroona College Bendigo; students from these schools transition to BSSC for their final two years of schooling Year 11-12.
The Bendigo Continuation School opened on 27 April 1907, with the aim of preparing students for entry into the public service, teacher training, university or other education. In 1912, the school was renamed the Bendigo High School. The school incorporated nearby buildings such as the Sandhurst Corporate High School (later St Andrew's College) and eventually the James King Hall and Administration block was built in 1930. The former Bendigo Supreme Court was used to serve as the music rooms when it was obtained in 1959, after the relocation of the Bendigo Girls' High School. Other additions include the Alexander Wing (1967) and the Commonwealth Library (1977).
1975 was the last year Bendigo High School provided the full range of secondary school courses from Years 7 to 12. In 1976, the school became Victoria's first Senior High School providing courses only in Year 11 and Year 12. The school phased in this change with the removal of the lower years complete in 1979. In 1984, the school was renamed to Bendigo Senior High School. In 1990, the school was renamed to Bendigo Senior Secondary College.
Notable achievements and ongoing projects
In 2001 Bendigo Senior Secondary College was the first government school in the world to be accredited with the Council of International Schools. In 2011 BSSC was bench-marked again and welcomed international scrutiny.
NETschool is an extension of BSSC college program and offers VCE, VCAL and VET. It provides ongoing curriculum access for 15 - 18 year old students who have been outside mainstream schooling or training.
BSSC also runs an online program which they deliver the college program through. It was setup to help students in other schools in Victoria. This program is expected to continue to expand in the future.
- Jeff Tho - Australian representative to the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games in badminton
- Glenn Warfe - Australian representative to the 2012 Olympics in badminton
- Joel Selwood - AFL player with the Geelong Cats
- Scott Selwood - AFL player with the West Coast Eagles and the Geelong Cats
- Ben McGlynn - AFL player with Hawthorn and the Sydney Swans
- Nicola Rosenblum - current High Commissioner to Brunei and the youngest head of mission when appointed in 2016.
- James King Hall - Started 1929 and completed 1930. The building was named after Headmaster James King who served between September 1907 to the end of 1923.
- Ron Lake Building - Opened 1994. The current building stands on the ground where the caretaker residence used to be, which had a tennis court and playing ground.
- Supreme Court - Started 1858 and used to 1896. Then turned into Bendigo Continuation School in 1907 till 1912. Then Bendigo Teachers College in 1929 till 1958. Then in 1959 it became part of Bendigo High School / Bendigo Senior Secondary College
- The Police Barracks - Completed 1860 and served till 1920. From 1941 it was used by Bendigo High School as an Art Room until 1967. In 1999 it was refurbished and leased to Bendigo Senior Secondary College.
- Old Gold Quadrangle - Original School Building completed 1870 and new additions completed 1914. The Quadrangle was used for school assemblies for many years.
- Alexander Wing - Opened 1967. It was opened in celebration of the school's diamond jubilee and was named after a former student and principal Charles Alexander. It was later renovated in 2017 to include a new VCAL center, library, classrooms and study areas.
- The Commonwealth Science Building - Opened 1977. It was opened with help with the commonwealth science grant. The ground floor originally had 2 science rooms. It was extended in 1996 to house the library, the first floor housed the library from 1977 til 1996 when it was converted to the multimedia center. In 2018 the ground floor was renovated into 4 new classrooms, study area, and renamed to the Business Center.
- King Memorial Gates - Erected 1933. It was erected in memory of James King with the inscription "Non Omnis Moriar" (I Shall Not Wholly Die). This was used as the main entrance to the school until 1957.
- Memorial Gates & Memorial Steps - Started 1956 and completed 1957. It was built as a fitting war memorial to 'those members of the school who served and suffered that our way of life might be preserved’.
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