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Students lead their own learning

De La Salle College has recently launched their Year 9 ‘Inquiry’ program – a dynamic student led learning program. The Inquiry program is designed to be authentic, meaningful, purposeful and distinctive to Year 9 students; through collaboration and investigation students lead their own learning.

Year 9 is an exciting but demanding time of life for many young men – they become Middle School leaders, begin studying elective subjects and start to establish more rigorous study programs both at school and home. It is critical during this period of their lives that our young men are engaged in activities where they can take initiative and ownership of their learning.

The Inquiry program enables the seeking of truth, information or knowledge by questioning. The school does not define inquiry for the students as ‘seeking the right answer’ – because often there isn’t one – but rather seeking appropriate resolutions to questions and issues.

Students devise a rich problem and investigate ways of researching the solution through a student-led experience in the city; the Melbourne Central Business District becomes an extension of their classroom. Students have one timetabled week for the City Experience, including four days in the city and a fifth day at school working on their project. As part of their planning, students are expected to provide a detailed itinerary of how they will spend their time in the city – including the formulation of any budget constraints. Students are encouraged to choose a topic they feel passionate about, so that they feel a greater connection to their project.

At De La Salle College the school understands that every year in a student’s development requires a different approach to teaching and learning, and indeed that every individual learns differently. That is why the school is committed to individualised learning programs and providing a wide range of learning pathways for our students.


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Religion Catholic
Type Independent
Day/boarding Day School
Boys/Girls Boy
Years Year 5 - Year 12
Enrolment 1,100 from Years 5 to 12.
Fees: 8k - 12k
Annual tuition fees range from : $9,720 - $12,689
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Address 1318 High Street, Malvern 3144
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