Xavier College was founded in 1878 and is a Jesuit school. The Senior Campus stands on 40 acres 6km from the centre of Melbourne. Two Early and Middle Years campuses, Burke Hall and Kostka Hall, were founded in 1921 and 1937 respectively. Xavier offers a wide variety of subject areas and co-curricular activities and all programs aim to foster young men of competence, conscience and compassion who will strive to make a difference in the wider world once they leave Xavier.
Facilities: Modern classrooms, science laboratories, art/graphics, drama, media and darkroom facilities, computer centres and resource centres on all campuses. All campuses of Xavier have beautiful ovals which host a wide variety of sports. At the Senior Campus the Stephenson Centre comprises double indoor basketball courts, a swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts and various multi-purpose rooms.
Curriculum: Xavier offers a broad yet academic curriculum that aims to cater for the diverse needs of students. The college’s VCE results have been consistently excellent with 30 per cent of the class of 2008 achieving an ENTER of 95 or better and 47 per cent achieving 90 or better. While emphasis rests with each class teacher to respond to each individual student’s learning requirements, enrichment and acceleration programs are also offered across the curriculum. LOTE programs are French, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Classical Greek. An extensive student exchange program supports language study with partner schools in France, Italy, the USA and Japan. Information technology is an integral part of student learning across all subject areas at all levels.
Sport: Xavier offers an extremely wide range of sports including cricket, tennis, football, soccer, rowing, rugby, badminton, basketball, table tennis, and athletics of all sorts, volleyball, golf, lawn bowls, hockey, swimming, martial arts, snow sports and gymnastics.
Co-curricular activities: Music accounts for an extensive student involvement at Xavier. There are numerous groups, from large bands to small ensembles, choirs and orchestras, all of which perform publicly in competitions and concerts. Media, drama, chess and debating are also important and popular aspects of the co-curricular program. The Centre for Faith and Service runs many programs throughout the year which encourage students to reflect about themselves as individuals and to be active participants in the wider community, particularly with those who are disadvantaged or marginalised.
Student welfare programs: A Jesuit education insists on the individual care of each person. The House and tutor systems are long-standing and highly regarded aspects of Xavier’s programs and each year level has its own chaplain. Individual pastoral care, counselling and careers guidance are provided for students.
Cranbrook School was established in 1918 in historic sandstone buildings, which were formerly NSW Government House, and overlooks Sydney Harbour. Cranbrook challenges boys to be all that they can be. The School aims to develop and expand the unique potential of each individual boy and to equip him with the basis for acquiring vocational and leadership skills.
Facilities: In January 2011, Kindergarten to Year 2 students started at their new school in a park. In July 2011, the whole of the Junior School, Kindergarten to Year 6, will be together on one site in new, exciting, purpose-built educational facilities, which include a library, art rooms, a music centre, IT and science laboratories, a double gymnasium for Kindergarten to Year 12, tennis courts and traffic drop-off and pick-up areas. The Senior School is housed in modern classroom blocks, has 21st-century IT resources and sporting fields, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium and a strength and conditioning centre.
IB Primary Years Programme (PYP): Cranbrook’s Junior School for students in Kindergarten to Year 6, is an International Baccalaureate World School authorised to teach the organisation’s International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP). The program is international, inquiry-based and trans-disciplinary, designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through other means of learning. The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, in addition to academic welfare.
Electives Years 7 to 10: Commerce, Drama, Design & Technology, French, History Elective, Industrial Technology (Timber), Japanese, Latin, Music, Physical Activity and Sports Studies, Visual Arts, Visual Design.
Electives Years 11 and 12: Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Ceramics, Chemistry, Design &, Technology, Drama, Earth & Environmental Science, Economics, French, Geography, Information Processes & Technology, Japanese, Latin, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Modern History, Music, PDHPE, Photography, Physics, Visual Arts, Visual Design.
Sport: All boys take part in physical education as part of the school curriculum. Weekend competitions are arranged with other schools in most major sports including: basketball, cricket, cross-country, football, rowing, rugby union, sailing, skiing, swimming and tennis.
Co-curricular activities: AV Club, bands, ceramics, chess, choir, Crusaders, debating, drama & music productions, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, ensembles, lunchtime concerts, Open Day hosting, orchestras, outdoor education programs, Photography Club, production crew, public speaking, robotics, SCUBA Club, Student Representative Council, theatre sports, Travel and Explorers’ Club, weekly magazine editing. All boys in Years 7 to 12 are encouraged to involve themselves in community service.
Pastoral care program: The program recognises that the promotion of student wellbeing, and a safe and secure learning environment that challenges, encourages and supports all students, is fundamental to the achievement of the School’s aims. It promotes a whole-school approach and supports other initiatives to create an environment in which students feel safe, valued, engaged and purposeful.
• Excellent academic results.
• Scholarships and bursaries program.
• International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Program.
Cranbrook’s “Teaching and
Learning Framework”, through which the curriculum is
taught in the Senior School, incorporates 16 intelligent behaviours that the School has identified as the key to success for boys, academically, socially and physically.
• Cranbrook in the Field, where every boy in Years 7 to10 undertakes 10 days of outdoor education each year.
From the school: At Cranbrook we strive to ensure that when boys leave school they will have four things that we believe are essential:
• an ability to think, to value thinking and to want to think, and to know that information is not knowledge, and knowledge is not wisdom;
• an ability to stand on their own two feet, balanced by consideration of the needs of others;
• a positive and spirited approach to life;
• a fire in the belly about something really worthwhile.
At Cranbrook we know boys will be boys. So we’ve taken on the challenge and adapted our methods to suit the way boys learn. Cranbrook’s unique “Teaching and Learning Framework” is designed to take boys’ learning above all expectations and beyond the traditional, not just for the years they spend at Cranbrook, but for their entire lives.
Alfred Deakin High is a well-maintained and attractive school, situated in a convenient, central and long-established area of Canberra. Working in partnership with the community, the school aims to provide a secure and happy environment in which students can pursue excellence within a changing society. There are strong curriculum and sporting links with local primary schools and secondary colleges. Because of close links with local embassies and high commissions, there are many overseas students enrolled.
Facilities: Five large computing laboratories, wireless network with laptops and extensive student access to computers throughout the school, Internet, own web page, mathematics lab, greenhouse horticultural facilities, fully computerised library, media studio, six science laboratories, photography laboratory and darkroom, well-equipped gymnasium with climbing wall, separate hall, ready access to indoor pool facilities, extensive playing fields and sporting grounds.
Electives: The school provides a balanced curriculum based on eight Key Learning Areas and offers three Languages Other than English (French, Indonesian, and Japanese), Extension courses in Mathematics, Science and English, an exceptional Arts program, a challenging range of Technology subjects, and an active health and fitness program.
Sport: Australian rules, soccer, rugby league, basketball, athletics, swimming, volleyball, badminton, tennis, table tennis.
Extracurricular activities: Debating, three school bands, string orchestra, two vocal groups, music tutor program, eisteddfods, Tournament of Minds, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, outdoor education, wide range of local, interstate and overseas excursions.
Welfare and personal development: Alfred Deakin High has a youth leadership program and SRC in operation, and students gain special individual attention from a tutor group program. Further assistance is available from the student welfare team, school counsellor and youth support worker. Alfred Deakin has an active P&C Association and parental involvement is welcomed.
St Francis Xavier’s College proudly structures itself within the Catholic tradition of education, and operates as a senior co-educational college enrolling more than 500 students in each of Years 11 and 12.
Electives: A wide range of subjects and courses is offered. The number of courses has risen dramatically as more and more students are selecting subjects that directly relate to the workplace.
Sport: The college enters all the major sporting competitions and carnivals at diocesan, state and national levels.
Extracurricular activities: Students take part in educational, social, cultural and physical activities. Many students participate in the college musical.
Special features: Families wishing to enrol students should know that the Catholic ethos is espoused and promoted, and successful applicants are to be actively engaged in all dimensions of the college program. Enrolments are taken in April.
St Paul’s College is a Christian day and boarding school following the widely respected values and traditions of Lutheran Schooling. The spirit and mission of St Paul’s is described by its “four pillars”; (1) Christian education, (2) a safe and caring community, (3) quality education, and (4) country goodness. The college is situated in the beautiful rural area of Walla Walla, approximately 40 kilometres north of the cities of Albury-Wodonga.
Facilities: Classrooms and specialist learning areas including a new Technics centre; extensive sporting facilities including ovals, gymnasium, tennis courts, basketball courts; the college farm (92 hectares), the equine centre (including stables, paddocks, dressage arenas); and boarding facilities that include boys’ and girls’ dormitories, the dining room and health centre.
Electives Years 7 to 10: Agriculture, Equine Studies, Industrial Technology, Food Technology, Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Theatre Studies, Photography and Digital Media.
Electives Years 11 and 12: Mathematics (including extension studies), General Mathematics, Advanced English (including extension studies), Standard English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art, Drama, Music, Modern History, Business Studies, Geography, PDHPE, Industrial Technology, Agriculture, Primary Industries, Equine Studies, Studies of Religion and Hospitality. Additional subjects can be studied by distance education.
Sport: There are many sporting choices, including a strong house-based competition at lunchtimes, weekly sport and equine sports (also taught as a course endorsed by the NSW Board of Studies). Full boarders have the opportunity to compete in local sporting competitions on the weekend.
Extracurricular activities: Public speaking, debating, sheep and cattle showing and judging, chess, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, participation in a wide range of school representative sports, equine events and house-based competitions.
Welfare and personal development: Pastoral care is centred on care groups where students remain in the same group for the duration of their schooling. Care group teachers are assisted by the welfare team including the Director of Students, college pastor and the college nurses. Peer support programs, camps, and programs such as “Rock and Water”, “Shine” and “Strength” exist to support the personal development of students. Boarding staff are employed specifically to work in the boarding environment.
Special features: Opportunities to specialise in Agricultural or Equine studies supported by the college farm, White Suffolk Stud and the Equine Centre.
Lucas Gardens School provides educational programs for students with intellectual and physical disabilities, some of whom also have sensory impairments and complex medical conditions. The school operates six classes on the Canada Bay site, and retains two places for part-time enrolment for students in respite care at the Summer Hill Respite Centre. The school draws its enrolment from the Inner West area of Sydney, resulting in a diverse student population from a range of backgrounds.
Lucas Gardens School enjoys strong community support from local service organisations, resulting in enhanced resources, the development of specialised learning environments and the employment of school-based therapy staff. Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology services are available through the school-employed therapy staff, as well as by referral to the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) and other non-government organisations (NGOs). Lucas Gardens School offers exciting educational learning opportunities. All students follow individually designed learning programs and whole class curriculum-based programs. Each class follows the NSW Board of Studies Key Learning Area and Stage 4, 5 and 6 Life Skills Curricula. The school also offers exemplary resources and unique learning environments to further support student learning, including: Interactive Sensory Room, Sensory Garden, Hydrotherapy Spa, Therapy Centre, Interactive Whiteboards, Interactive Playroom, Student Centred Library and a Specifically Designed Playground, which accommodates a Liberty Swing and modified bikes. Students have opportunities to access regular extracurricular activities and participate in all educational and community-based learning experiences. Lucas Gardens School highlights ability inspiring students to reach their potential and maximise their independence.
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