Join Michael Carr-Gregg and Lauriston leaders to find out how we ensure students step into their senior years feeling confident, excited and ready to succeed.

Launchpad webinar: Monday 30 November, 7.00–8.00pm.

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At Lauriston, we believe that Years 10–12 should deliver more than an ATAR. Our latest innovation at Lauriston Senior College is ‘Launchpad’, designed in collaboration with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists.

Lauriston’s Launchpad at Senior College maximises outcomes for girls in their final years of secondary school. This three-year program is specifically designed to help students develop their self-confidence, both personally and academically, so they can achieve their very best and take responsibility for their own success.

Some of the unique elements of Launchpad’s curriculum include: a bespoke Digital Roadmap program partnering with Credly to offer recognised digital badges and micro-credentials; access to Lauriston’s Stanford University-created FabLab – encouraging young women to flourish in a STEM environment; social exploration teaching digital risk and social media smarts; and a dedicated focus on future work-readiness that includes careers advice, entrepreneurship, work experience and a focus on digital electives. 

New students are supported based on their specific learning, and social and emotional needs, and Lauriston’s expert teachers deliver to these needs individually. Lauriston is also one of 20 schools around Australia to deliver the option of either the IB (International Baccalaureate) or VCE program, a deliberate choice to suit the different goals and learning styles of its students.

In addition to the academic development tracked through the school’s data dashboard, a wellbeing measurement tool will be added to this software to help pinpoint student development and support future action planning. 

Principal Susan Just says of the program:

“Lauriston has long been a school dedicated to the individual academic and wellbeing needs of our students; however, we recognise that in the wake of COVID-19 and amidst many other challenges young women face today, we needed to address these evolving needs for families searching for a bespoke Senior College program for their daughter.

“Launchpad delivers a senior year’s program that provides a sequential curriculum for our continuing students and supports the onboarding of new students, addressing the goals of each individual during their time with us.”

“Launchpad is truly a distinct approach to Senior College education, curating a bespoke curriculum with a diverse range of extra-curricular activities for students to take advantage of, in addition to its approach to student goal setting and self-realisation. This is complemented by the inclusive, energised and aspirational environment new students enter into in Year 10 created by the young women returning from Lauriston’s Year 9 Howqua program. 

“Our Year 9 Howqua program is conducted in rural Victoria and cultivates a culture of resilience, adaptability, tolerance and self-confidence. Without access to social media, emails or mobile phones and often learning experientially, the students become more independent and acquire new skills and attributes not available in an urban school setting. It is into this special, welcoming community, unlike any other school offering, that Launchpad students have the advantage of entering. We believe this atmosphere of support and positive influence is part of what sets our Launchpad program apart and will support the flourishing of our new Senior College students to Lauriston.

“Now more than ever, young women are required to adapt and to thrive in uncertainty and uncomfortability. This requires tolerance, resilience and sense of self and these skills are so important for future success in learning environments, the professional world and for humanity at large. We are proud to be able to offer a program like Launchpad that will support this development at a time when it is needed most.”