School Partnerships Program

The La Trobe University School Partnerships Program (SPP) works collaboratively with identified schools to raise awareness of higher education and inform career aspiration by providing access to a range of activities that engage students and their school communities. Created for Years 7-10, these activities are closely linked to curriculum and are designed to inform aspirations and aid motivation and learning confidence.

The SPP partners with the University's Marketing and Recruitment Team to provide support for Years 10-12 as well as VCE Plus and Uni Bridges promote other learning programs available to schools.

We have established effective partnerships with selected schools close to our five Victorian campuses. Our activities provide valuable support to these school communities to help increase participation, retention and completion rates of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education.

Partner schools


  • James Fallon High School (NSW)
  • Wangaratta High School
  • Wodonga Middle Years College – Huon & Felltimber
  • Wodonga Senior Secondary College


  • Bendigo Senior Secondary College
  • Crusoe College
  • Eaglehawk Secondary College
  • East Loddon P-12 College
  • Maryborough Education Centre
  • Weeroona College


  • Bundoora Secondary College
  • Charles La Trobe College
  • Gladstone Park Secondary School
  • Greensborough College
  • Lalor North Secondary College
  • Mill Park Secondary College
  • Mount Ridley P-12 College
  • Pascoe Vale Girls' Secondary College
  • Penola Catholic College
  • Reservoir High School
  • The Pavilion School
  • Thomastown Secondary College
  • William Ruthven Secondary College


  • Chaffey College
  • Coomealla High School (NSW)
  • Irymple Secondary College
  • Merbein P‐10 College
  • Mildura Senior Secondary College
  • Red Cliffs Secondary School


  • Berry Street School
  • Kyabram P-12 College
  • McGuire Secondary College
  • Mooroopna Secondary College
  • Shepparton High School
  • Wanganui Park Secondary College

Student engagement activities

Our School Partnerships Program offers a variety of engaging, interactive student experiences both on campus and within the school context. Furthermore, we support partner schools to access a range of other workshop activities available through our Academic Colleges' outreach programs, ASSC and SHE.

A general focus for each year level may include the following:

Years 7 and 8Years 9 and 10Years 11 and 12

Campus familiarisation activities that see students engage in fun, interactive activities with trained university student facilitators.

These activities aim to help explain higher education.

Workshops that foster skills and increase awareness of and interest in university courses and future careers.

These workshops use the expertise of our academic staff and current La Trobe students.

They are interactive and link to both school curriculum and Careers Curriculum Framework.

Activities and events provided by the Schools Engagement Student Recruitment Team about post-secondary study options including the costs, benefits and student supports available.

Sponsored attendance at VCE revision lectures to assist student achievement.

Please contact us for more information.

Activity examples

Years 7 and 8

Uni Buddies

Listen to our student facilitators as they share their experiences and walk us through a typical day at uni. This activity focuses on showing the similarities and differences between school and university, helping clarify some of the terminology.

Race Around La Trobe

Students explore a La Trobe campus, discovering and learning about university life and campus facilities while gaining an understanding of the language of a university. Alternatively students attending the Melbourne campus may participate in the interactive game version using an iPad and the Puzzle Hunt app, developed and produced by La Trobe students. Students scan codes, answer questions and complete tasks around the Melbourne campus while gaining an insight into the different aspects of university life.

Graduate Game

In teams, students play this interactive game which enables students to imagine themselves as university students while building upon their understanding of higher education to compete for the winning prize.

Homework Club Support Program

Current La Trobe University students volunteer to provide after school academic support to school students to improve their learning outcomes, confidence and motivation.

Year 9 and 10

Curriculum based workshops provided by the Academic Colleges

Our School Partnerships Program encourages and supports schools to select from a range of workshops on offer from our academic colleges. These workshops have a curriculum focus to connect students to learning opportunities at La Trobe.

Career Conversations

Student facilitators meet with school students at their school to discuss transition, university life, pathway options and learning at uni.

Study skills workshops

Our student facilitators provide practical study skills strategies in a series of hands-on workshops. Topics include the difference between homework and study, time management, organisational skills and understanding essay questions.

University students - how to support our program

Students who are currently undertaking study at La Trobe University can apply to work within a range of our activities which aim to increase higher education participation rates of students from disadvantaged communities.

To find out more about both voluntary and paid positions or to apply, please complete our expression of interest form.

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Please note we are currently only recruiting students for the Bundoora Campuses.

Additional support

We also provide support to students and teachers through:

  • VCE classes on campus
  • Library membership
  • Awards nights and school events
  • Teacher professional development.

More information

John McDonald
Manager - School Partnerships Program
T: (03) 9479 1569