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. These activities are closely linked to curriculum and are designed to inform aspirations and aid motivation, learning confidence and capability.

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)
  • Murray 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
  • Greater Shepparton Secondary College
  • Kyabram P-12 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.

We use a sequential framework of activities across the year levels to help students engage with higher education.

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.

Who Goes to Uni (careers and courses)

This activity allows students to understand that university is for-everyone and to understand the different pathways taken by people through higher education to their career goals. They also learn about different careers and discuss which career require university qualifications.

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

Career Conversations

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

Career Pitch

This practical session, has several stages and allows your students to work with La Trobe students exploring their skills and career interests, aiming for them to leave with capabilities to start their personal career pathway and a way forward in their career planning.

Enterprise Skills

This active workshop showcases the importance of enterprise skills for both learning and future work environment. These may include decision making, innovative and original thinking, problem solving, prioritisation. strategic thinking, working independently, and being able to communicate professionally.

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.

Year 11 and 12

Options after Year 12

Working with our program staff, and in collaboration with the school, students are introduced to the idea of job clusters, options and pathways after Year 12. They explore the tertiary admissions process, discover special entry and access schemes along with an understanding of finance and scholarships.

Study Skills workshops

Our student facilitators provide practical study skills strategies in a series of hands-on workshops. Topics may include time management, stress management, revision planning, goal setting, effective learning plus motivation and aspiration.

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