WESTBOURNE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Igniting a hunger for learning, unlocking creativity and exploring the concepts of global thinking form the basis of our daily purpose. The responsibility of educators is profound: preparing students for a world in which the knowledge economy wields great influence, where people are constantly connected, and where the ability to think critically and globally is fundamental to achievement. There is no room for complacency and the responsibility demands an agile and progressive school with strong leadership and a committed Faculty. This is the promise that Westbourne Grammar makes.
Each day is undertaken within the framework of the School’s vision: Shaping Learners to Inspire the World.
Across Westbourne’s two campuses (Williamstown and Truganina), and six learning centres (Amici – Early Learning Centre, Westbourne Junior, Middle, the Year 9 Imagine Program, VCE and the International Centre) the curricular and co-curricular programs recognise and extend academic, sporting, creative and social abilities and develop a learning method that responds to the unique character and qualities of each learner.
The learning environment embraces and unifies a diverse population at each level which is representative of the real life cultural, ethnic, religious and political spectrum. Westbourne Grammar provides a safe and fair environment that enables learners to develop a strong sense of themselves, to explore their intellectual capacity and to stretch their imagination.
History: Starting and sustaining a school requires foresight, intellect and grit. It also requires an unwavering commitment to an idea and, for almost 150 years, the idea of creating learning environments of possibility has underpinned the development of Westbourne Grammar School. A history reaching back to 1867 informs the future and, whilst the landscape, buildings and human diversity have changed with time and need, the commitment to supporting an exceptional learning community has endured.
From origins in Williamstown, the school has expanded its footprint and its role in the community. Westbourne’s Truganina Campus opened almost 40 years ago and the facilities and programs continue to respond to the needs of a growing community.
Facilities: Exceptional buildings, grounds and resources support the learning culture at Westbourne.
The Amici Early Learning Centre is a stimulating space in which new degrees of wonderment, creativity and thinking emerge. The Reggio Emilia inspired program is based on the philosophy of Loris Malaguzzi, who established community-managed schools and infant/toddler centres in the city of Reggio Emilia in northern Italy. The Centre provides child care and an individualised Early Learning Program for children from the age of six weeks until approximately five years.
An historic waterfront property accommodates the Williamstown Campus for Prep to Year 3 from which students articulate to the Truganina Campus. The Junior School at Truganina serves Prep to Year 6, and the Senior School Years 7 to 12, with a unique purpose-built centre in which the Year 9 Imagine Program is delivered. The expansive built and natural environments incorporate playing fields, reflective spaces, neoteric technology resources, sophisticated creative and performance amenities and numerous common areas. Modern multi-purpose buildings incorporate a Health Centre, International Centre, 200-seat Lecture Theatre, Food Technology area and School Shop to complement the learning facilities, and the Chapel, Auditorium, Gymnasium and Music School add additional support to the transformative educational environment.
Curriculum: The structured school preparation program at Amici includes music, Japanese, computer and library skills. The Junior Schools share a common curriculum that emphasises basic skills (particularly literacy and numeracy) and introduces Japanese at the Prep level, along with music and physical education, and contains a strong creative arts component. Information technology is integrated into teaching programs.
At the Senior School the curriculum for Years 7 and 8 is based on the core subject areas of mathematics, English, LOTE (Japanese and German), humanities, science, visual and performing arts and physical education. In Years 9 and 10 the core subjects are supplemented with a range of electives. All Year 10 students undertake a Unit 1 and 2 VCE subject. All Year 11 students undertake a Unit 3 and 4 VCE subject. Approximately 30 choices of VCE subjects are available to students in Years 10 to 12. University enhancement courses are also available. At the International Centre, international students undergo intensive instruction in English prior to entering mainstream classes, after which time they attend dedicated ESL classes.
Sport: Physical development is supported by a comprehensive selection of activities and inter-school and inter-House competitions. Outdoor education is core curriculum from Prep to Year 9 and available as elective subjects until Year 12.
Extra-curricular activities: Excellence in performance and creative pursuit is encouraged through participation in drama, music, debating, public speaking, photography, chess and outdoor activities.
Student welfare programs: The student wellbeing network recognises that social and emotional wellbeing underpins effective learning and positive behaviour. A proactive Restorative Practice model provides the framework for personal safety, peer support and leadership programs, as well as a drug education program. A chaplain, two student counsellors, a careers counsellor and full-time nurse are available.
Scholarships: Academic scholarships are offered for entry into Years 7 and 9 with music scholarships for all year levels in the Senior School.
Campuses: Westbourne Williamstown (Prep to Year 3), Westbourne Amici (child care and early learning), Westbourne Truganina (Prep to Year 12)
Principal: Ms Meg Hansen
|Day/boarding||Day and Boarding|
|Years||Kindergarten - Year 12|
12k - 16k Over 16k |
From $12,244 (Prep) to $17,184 (Year 12)
03 9731******* 03 9731 9444
03 936******* 03 9360 9102
|Address||Truganina Campus 300 Sayers Road, Truganina 3029 | Williamstown Campus 67 The Strand, Newport 3015|
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ST LEONARDS COLLEGE
While the focus is on developing the key academic fundamentals, St Leonard’s College also strives to develop young people with enquiring minds who are capable of strong, critical thinking skills. The students of St Leonard’s College enjoy innovative facilities and learning resources that cater to a wide range of interests and provide a unique learning environment for academic and personal growth. The college’s ultimate goal is the development of character to ensure its students are confident and socially able to meet the challenges of further education, work and life.
Facilities: A mix of beautiful historic buildings and modern facilities include well resourced libraries, music and art centres, multi-purpose halls and sporting facilities such as the Hawkes Sports Centre with pool, aerobics room and weights room. The college’s dedicated outdoor environmental centre, Camp Ibis, is located on the Gippsland Lakes where students take part in a range of adventure activities including sailing, mountain bikeing and canoeing.
Curriculum: A broad academic curriculum is offered across all age groups, providing opportunities for each student to discover and develop their individual interests and talents. Subjects available include Mathematics, Science, Languages (French, Japanese, Indonesian, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese are offered at various levels), English, Music, Information and Communications Technology, and a wide range of Humanities, Social Science and Commerce subjects. At senior level, students can choose to complete either the VCE or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. A dedicated Talent Development Coordinator runs an extensive program allowing highly able students to participate in activities that provide challenge and extension. The college is also accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and Early Learning Centre follows the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
Technology: St Leonard’s College has a, bring your own device (BYOD) technology program, with students bringing their own iPad or laptop to school every day. The BYOD program is complemented by a high speed, site wide wireless network and in house IT support. Teachers are embracing the use of technology in the classroom and are supported by eLearning Coordinators. St Leonard’s College is widely recognised in educational circles as a centre of excellence in eLearning and is regularly visited by other schools to learn from their success.
Sport: A variety of traditional sports and outdoor activities are available, and a team of specialist coaches with State, National and Olympic experience inspire students to strive for excellence and follow their passions. Sports available include swimming, netball, soccer, football, cricket, cheer sports, athletics, basketball, touch football, snowsports, surfing, sailing, adventure racing and surf lifesaving.The college takes part in mid-week inter-school sports competitions through the Association of Co-educational Schools, leaving weekends free for family activities, other events and local community sports teams.
Extra-curricular activities: St Leonard’s College’s co-curriculum provides opportunities outside the classroom for students to discover and develop skills, interests and talents that will sustain them for life. Activities include debating, drama, music, photography, video production and bushwalking. The college’s Hart Theatre Company presents five productions a year and regularly receives nominations and awards from the Musical Theatre Guild of Victoria. Musicians have the opportunity to perform at college events as well as at state and national competitions and on international music tours.
The St Leonard’s College community is committed to a range of social justice activities, and students are keenly involved in organising fundraising events to support schools in Bangladesh, Nepal and Timor Leste, as well as for other causes such as Shave for a Cure and Relay for Life. All year 9 students complete local service activities as part of their experiential learning program – CUE (Community, Urban, Environment). The CUE program culminates in Big Experience trips, in which year 9 students take part in an international journey to a country in South East Asia. These trips have a strong emphasis on global sustainability and community service.
Student welfare programs: A strong pastoral care program assists students to become successful lifelong learners. The Director of Pastoral Care together with School Counsellors, Heads of House, Heads of Year and Mentors provide support and encouragement to students and help young people develop the confidence and resilience to take advantage of life’s opportunities and overcome its challenges.
Principal: Mr Stuart Davis
|Years||Kindergarten - Year 12|
12k - 16k Over 16k |
$13,438 to $25,630
03 9909******* 03 9909 9300
03 9592******* 03 9592 3439
|Address||163 South Road, Brighton East Vic 3187|
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RIVERCREST CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
Opened 2014 – Currently offering classes from Early Learning (3 years of age) to Year 2. Additional year levels to open annually.
Imagine a campus uniquely and specifically designed for the conceptual age. Imagine a curriculum that is grounded in 21st-century thinking, where all facets of education are connected and interlinked, and where education effectively encompasses a strong Christian world view. At Rivercrest Christian College, technology is integrated into the framework of the curriculum. Learning experiences are designed to promote critical and creative thinking. Our students will graduate as life-long learners, equipped to play their role in the local and global community. The Rivercrest curriculum will match that of internationally validated inquiry based curricula. Such programs will be on offer at Junior (ELC-Year 5), Middle (Year 6-10) and Senior levels (Year 11-12).
Facilities: All learning spaces have been carefully designed to enhance and stimulate learning. The spaces are intended to inspire engagement by creating an environment conducive to learning, discovering and exploring. All buildings are eco-sensitive, with optimal use made of natural light. Furniture too has been chosen to make learning spaces versatile and complementary to learning. The selected use of colours is intended to evoke an ecological theme and create synergy between the indoor and outdoor learning spaces. The playscapes for students are purpose-designed, so that there is interplay between the natural environment and the learning areas. The bespoke play areas are landscaped so that the native vegetation complements the undulating landform.
Curriculum: Rivercrest Christian College is a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme and is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Rivercrest Christian College believes is important for our students. In pursuing such authorisation, Rivercrest supports the mission statement of the International Baccalaureate (IB), which aims to develop inquiry, knowledgeable and caring young people who help top create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework that caters for students from 3-12 years of age. The focus of the curriculum is the development of the whole child as an inquirer both within and beyond the classroom. The PYP is defined by six transdisciplinary themes:
1. Who we are
2. Where we are in place and time
3. How we express ourselves
4. How the world works
5. How we organise ourselves
6. Sharing the planet
The aim of the PYP is to create a transdisciplinary curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for all learners. Rivercrest College embraces an inquiry approach to learning within the context of a Christian worldview. Our vision is that we will be a leading provider of quality Christian education delivered by Christian staff, ensuring the Gospel message is an integral part of all we do.
Sport: All students enrolled at Rivercrest are placed into one of four Houses: Booth (Blue), Luther (Red), Fry (Yellow) or Lewis (Green). At many schools, the Houses are named after well-known people, Australian native animals, plants or some other theme. Rivercrest decided to name its Houses after four Christians who made a significant contribution to society.
Student Welfare Programs: Rivercrest has a Chaplain who works with classes, small groups and individuals to develop spiritual and emotional wellbeing. There is also a Pastoral Care Co-ordinator who supports student development. Personal and social learning is strongly embedded throughout the curriculum. Rivercrest has adopted the ‘Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s Buddy Program’.
Principal: Dr Michelle Cafini, Head of College
Registrar: Mrs Margie Broadbent
|Years||Kindergarten - Year 12|
|Enrolment||Should you wish to proceed with an enquiry; an interview with a member of the College leadership will be arranged. To schedule an interview please contact the college Registrar. At this meeting the college ethos, facilities and programs will be discussed in detail. The student enrolling will be interviewed and their latest academic report discussed if appropriate. Once an interview has taken place and all information gathered, a position may be offered to the student.|
Less than 4k |
Starting from preschool (3-year-olds for two days a week): $3,875 pa
03 9703******* 03 9703 9777
|Address||500 Soldiers Road Clyde North (Berwick) 3978, via Gate 5|
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Educating for a sustainable, thriving future
At Cornish College, we educate for a sustainable future, engaging students beyond textbooks and encouraging them to consider how their decisions impact the world around them. Our 100-acre setting provides Early Learning to Year 12 students with space to stretch their legs and their curiosity.
Underpinning this is our holistic education that sees students engage deeply across disciplines, critically evaluating problems and finding creative solutions. Such skills are vital, says Principal Nicola Forrest.
“At Cornish, we develop the heart, the mind and the person,” Nicola says.
“Our unique learning environment and well-rounded education ensures our students become the best people they can be. Our powerful curriculum and passionate teachers develop critical thinking skills in our students, empowering them to make a difference today for a sustainable tomorrow.”
Cornish’s extensive 100-acre setting provides students with space to stretch their legs and their curiosity throughout an EcoCentre, hobby farm, olive grove, orchard, vegetable gardens, nine-hole golf course and its own island. Other facilities include the well-resourced library, ICT and performing arts facilities, a gymnasium, science laboratories, sporting facilities and a new Senior Studies Centre — a powerful learning environment.
A diverse, comprehensive curriculum
Our early learning program draws upon the Reggio Emilia approach where children are collaborative learners. We are also an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school. Enriched by sustainability education — including the Eco-Kids garden and Dhumba-dha biik walks to connect students with the land — and cocurricular opportunities, our primary curriculum combines concepts and inquiry, ensuring students engage deeply with their learning.
Deep, transferrable learning continues throughout our secondary school, with a curriculum focusing on concepts beyond the topics. This, combined with an emphasis on inquiry, problem-identifying and problem-solving, ensures students apply their knowledge and skills across disciplines.
Our senior program provides flexibility for students’ career pathways, with the option to complete VCE over three years, creating space for wellbeing and cocurricular opportunities. Students also enjoy a new Senior Studies Centre — a powerful learning environment.
Our learning environment ensures students thrive
When we measure success, we favour a holistic approach, putting student health and wellbeing on the same level as academics.
Students explore diverse interests alongside their academics, with cocurricular opportunities spanning the arts, STEM and sport, and community programs to develop positive relationships and mental health. These enrich our curriculum, encouraging students to draw upon our values of compassion, integrity, respect and creativity — always with courage – to make a difference.
Making a difference today for a better tomorrow
We educate for a sustainable, thriving future, with structures that mobilise the attitudes, skills, knowledge and values required for young people to make a difference and become the best individuals they have the capacity to be.
*Dhumba-dha biik, Boon wurrung language for ‘Talk Country’, is used with permission.
Principal: Nicola Forrest
03 9781******* 03 9781 9000
|Address||65 Riverend Road, Bangholme, 3175|