The Knox School offers pre-Prep to Year 12 education in an environment that fosters a love of learning and individual achievement. Established in 1982, The Knox School has evolved into a modern and dynamic school serving a diverse student population. Their core values encompass the celebration of diversity, tolerance of others, and a respect for human rights and care for the environment. These values are reflected throughout the varied curriculum and underpin all activities at the school. The Knox School has outstanding facilities situated on an attractive eight hectare site in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne only metres from the EastLink freeway interchange making it easily accessible from Melbourne eastern and southern suburbs. It comprises an Early Learning Centre (Pre Prep 3 and 4), Junior School (Prep to Year 4), Lower Middle School (Years 5 to 7), Upper Middle School (Years 8 and 9) and Senior College (Years 10 to 12), all located on the one campus.
Facilities: Facilities at The Knox School include the Information Common Building featuring a unique Multimedia Studio, 400-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art Hospitality and Food Technology centre, two Libraries, the VCE Study centre, and computer rooms, Careers and Counselling Services and Health Centre. Located throughout the grounds are a wide range of sporting facilities including a synthetic turf floodlit hockey field, extensive ovals, tennis courts, basketball courts, grassed playing areas and a multi-purpose sports centre housing two indoor basketball courts and a fully equipped weights room.
Curriculum: Throughout the school, The Knox School aims to extend every individual so they gain the satisfaction of realising their academic potential. From the support of the Special Education Department to the encouragement of enrichment programs, they strive to ensure that every student at every level is individually catered for. The curriculum is constantly reviewed to ensure that it continues to provide the optimum choice of subjects to suit the widely differing career paths and goals of individual students. At the senior level both VCE and VET subjects are offered and the opportunity to undertake university extension studies. In the Middle School the curriculum provides students with the opportunity to develop their individual interests with an extensive elective program. In the Junior School the curriculum is designed to challenge and stimulate young minds and to allow teachers to work with students on an individual level. A commitment to smaller classes enables teachers to deliver a dynamic, varied program with attention given to the individual learning of each student. Homework and formal examinations are a standard feature of the school’s assessment practice and regular testing and reporting are carried out.
Sport: The sport and physical education curriculum encourages students to achieve personal and team goals, to foster the sporting spirit and set higher challenges in a health-conscious environment. Students have successfully represented The Knox School in Eastern Independent Schools’ finals and have competed at local, state, national and international levels. There is NO compulsory Saturday sport.
Extracurricular activities: Extra-curricular activities are an essential and enjoyable part of school life for all students at The Knox School. Activities include music, the performing arts, Tournament of Minds, sport, outdoor education and debating. Students are encouraged to participate in an extensive range of activities centred on building self-confidence, public speaking skills, organisational abilities and personal development.
Student welfare programs: The Knox School has a firm commitment to pastoral care. Students are encouraged to take pride in their own and others’ achievements. Differences in background, religion, and learning styles are celebrated.
The State’s only specialist music school was founded in 1918 as the secondary arm of the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. In addition to the Board of Studies curriculum it offers a rich Board-endorsed music program in collaboration with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney). The entry process, conducted twice a year in May and September, entails auditions, workshops and testing.
Facilities: The Conservatorium of Music provides state-of-the-art facilities for the study of all aspects of music; the school also integrates “connected classroom” technology. The Conservatorium Library is run jointly by the Department of Education & Training and The University of Sydney; it serves the needs of secondary and tertiary students and is open to the general public.
Electives Years 7 to 10: Mandarin, French, German, Latin, Visual Arts.
Electives Years 11 and 12: Physics, Chemistry, French, German, Mandarin, Visual Arts, Modern and Ancient History, Music, Music Extension, Maths Extension 1 and 2, Biology.
Sport: Swimming, aerobics, cycle, circuit and pump classes (by arrangement with Fitness First), rock-climbing, ice-skating, pilates, soccer.
Extracurricular activities: The school’s specialist music program entails chamber music (Years 8–12), composition, performance workshops, jazz ensemble, plus Conservatorium masterclasses.
Welfare and personal development: The school views the development of students’ musical abilities in the context of the development of the whole person. Its students’ commitment to excellence, academic and musical, is taken as given. In preparing students for the demanding profession of music and the vicissitudes of the artistic life, it aims to foster confidence in their abilities, tolerance and collegiality, a lively social conscience, and an uninhibited delight in the joy of music.
Famous ex-students: Barry Tuckwell, Roger Woodward, Lois Simpson, Jane Rutter, John Foreman, Richard Tognetti.
In Florey, St Francis Xavier is a Catholic school for students from Years 7 to 12. The school takes a holistic approach to education, encouraging the spiritual, social, academic and physical growth of each student.
Facilities: Gymnasium, senior study and common room, theatre, oval, extensive ICT facilities, purpose-built Middle School Centre (Years 7 to 8), music and practice rooms, resource centre, specialist rooms for practical subjects, state-of-the-art photography and art rooms, chapel.
Electives: Art, Commerce, Computer Skills, Ceramics, Design Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Hospitality, Industrial Arts, Information Technology, Italian, Japanese, Music, Photography, Spanish, Sport & Recreation, Technics, Textiles, Woodwork.
Sport: All popular sports are offered including rugby, AFL, netball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, athletics, swimming, softball, basketball, triathlon, tennis, and cross-country.
Extracurricular activities: Debating, drama, dance festival, band, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, choir, justice action groups, musicals, and fashion parade, Strategic Games Club, Tournament of Minds.
Welfare and personal development: Each Year group has an active SRC, a year co-ordinator and a team of pastoral leaders. School counsellors are available to work with families. There are frequent parent information evenings.
West Wallsend is a proudly comprehensive school that welcomes students with a wide range of interests and abilities and has high expectations of them. It challenges students to achieve their personal best and expects students to accept responsibility for their learning and behaviour.
Facilities: Multi-purpose hall, basketball courts, sporting fields, four computer rooms, industrial arts block, electronics and visual arts, mining and local history museum.
Electives Years 7 to 10: Courses offered include Visual Arts, Childcare, Computing, Electronics, Human Movement, and Landscape Planning.
Electives Years 11 and 12: Courses offered include the full range of the Sciences and Mathematics courses, PD/Health/PE, Engineering Science, Music, Visual Arts, Industrial Technology, and vocational education courses on- and off-site.
Sport: Students participate in the full range of zone sporting competitions and have been particularly successful in cross-country, soccer, regional athletics competitions, and knock-out competitions.
Extracurricular activities: Pilot for Plan-it Youth (a mentoring scheme for post-school options), choir, drama, debating, Mock Trial, computing, video, photography, school band.
Welfare and personal development: The school has a proactive and dedicated welfare committee. The committee is supported by a strong and active SRC. Appropriate programs across Years 7 to 12 are firmly embedded in the school’s curriculum.
Special features: Outstanding visual arts profile, teaming for all Year 7 classes, independent learning class for Years 7 and 8, school musical and Starstruck, outstanding value adding in all formal state-wide testing.
Stannies is one of the largest boys’ boarding schools in New South Wales with more than 200 boarders mainly from the Central West, Southern and Western areas of the State. The College offers: small class sizes; a rich curriculum providing both academic and vocational subject choices; a co-operative teaching and learning program that engages students and provides significant opportunities for parents to support and encourage their sons; a curriculum that engages boys; a rich co-curricular experience across the Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Sport.
Scholarships and bursaries: Stannies offers Vincentian Bursaries for families who are unable to meet the fees, Isolated Children Scholarships for young children living in isolated areas where access to secondary school is non-existent or limited, Music and Art Scholarships and Indigenous Scholarships for Australians of Indigenous descent.
Facilities: Facilities include magnificent grounds inclusive of seven ovals, an Olympic swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, a 50-acre agricultural study centre at the base of Mt Panorama and an agriculture plot, a 1100-seat performing arts centre and an expansive indoor recreation venue, a well-resourced library, extensive private music practice rooms, a full complement of band instruments, cutting edge technology involving wide-spread use of laptops which are serviced by wireless network connections throughout the boarding and day school, as well as computer laboratories. The campus incorporates buildings classified by the National Trust. The College also has an outdoor education campus at Trunkey Creek.
Electives Years 7 to 10: Commerce, Art, Visual Arts, Music, Geography, Italian, History, Agriculture, Information Systems Technology, Design and Technology — Automotive Technology, Metal Technology, Wood Technology, Graphics Technology.
Electives Years 11 and 12: Mathematics (all levels), English (all courses), Design and Technology, Physics, Senior Science, Ancient History, Modern History, Drama, Information Processes Technology, Software Design & Development, Studies of Religion 1 & 2, Business Studies, Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Visual Arts, Agriculture, Geography, Legal Studies, Personal Development, Health & Physical Education, Vocational Education & Training courses: Entertainment, Construction, Automotive, Primary Industries, Metals & Engineering. Subject to availability of places, the following TVET courses may be offered — Computing PC Skills, Introductory Nursing Studies, Aviation, Child Studies, Animal Care, Electrotechnology, Sport & Recreation, Hospitality, Automotive Studies.
Sport: Rugby union, tennis, swimming, basketball, rugby league, cricket, touch football, water polo, athletics. There are extra costs for some sports. St Stanislaus’ College is a member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), which provides an excellent standard of interschool competition.
Co-curricular activities: Music, debating, public speaking, Mock Trial, chess club, drama, writing groups, Young Achiever, Film Festival, concert and stage bands, Stannies Art Association, and outdoor activities such as equestrian/dressage events. Welfare and personal development: There is a strong school spirit. Pastoral care of the boys within a caring environment is a feature of the school.
Special features: A number of special programs are offered to meet the needs of the students. Remediation in English and mathematics is available from Years 7 to 12. Study masters closely supervise the students’ evening study. Special, gifted and talented enrichment programs are offered at the College, both within and additional to the timetable. The resources of CSU Bathurst, the Bathurst Enrichment Network, The University of Western Sydney and University of New South Wales are used to provide challenging opportunities for interested students. More than 130 students are enrolled in the instrumental music program. Students take the NSW Board-determined course in Years 11 and 12. Classes are streamed and the average size is 25 in the junior school and 15 in the senior school.
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