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Choosing a School for Your Child VIC

Choosing a School for Your Child VIC 2017

When it comes to education, we all want what’s best for our kids. Decisions about where your child goes to school are very personal and can be daunting. In Choosing a School for Your Child we aim to make this process as simple as possible. These days, choosing the right school is more than simply choosing between co-educational or single-sex, government or independent. Other factors to consider include educational options, the school’s philosophies, religious affiliation, the co-curricular programs and much more. Some schools are noted for their sporting and musical programs, while others have a strong vocational emphasis. Some make involvement in community service compulsory, while others offer an extensive range of languages and international exchange programs. Our regular features detail everything that a parent needs to know about the NSW education system and the HSC, RoSA and the IB. In order to keep you informed and up-to-date, we have compiled a series of articles that address important issues. Our comprehensive listings highlight information about government and independent schools in Victoria, divided by location for easy reference.

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in this issue

2 min
from the editor

Now that I have two children (just 17 weeks old and almost three years old), the choice of high school for each of them has become an issue of importance in our household. It’s one of the most crucial decisions we will make about their future, and I can only hope that they enjoy school as much I did. One theme which runs through many of our features this issue is how schools are embracing technology in this fast-changing world. “On one hand we’re trying to prepare our students for jobs that don’t exist yet,” Camberwell Girls Grammar School principal Debbie Dunwoody says. “On the other, we’re trying our very best to equip them with the right skill set to enable them to create their own future or to have the…

18 min
where are they now?

Kim Henderson, Class of 1987 Gender Justice Leader, Oxfam International From a young age, Kim Henderson was interested in travel and loved writing. She dreamt of becoming a foreign correspondent and on completing Year 12 in 1987 at Camberwell Girls Grammar School she obtained the right score to commence a Journalism degree. Halfway through her degree, Kim took a class on development studies and all of a sudden that dream of becoming a foreign correspondent became old news, quite literally. Kim recalls being so overwhelmed by what she learnt in her new class that she changed the direction of her studies almost immediately. “For the first time, I was exposed to global injustices and I just wanted to do something about them. Before then I hadn’t understood the global scale of inequality. I understood…

1 min
all together now

During the first few weeks of term two, Alia College was abuzz in the lead up to the school production — a contemporary adaption of Aristophanes’ The Frogs. Alia College productions have a great ability to bring the whole school together, with students not only taking on performing roles but also getting involved in building sets, managing lights and sound backstage, or the front of house. With such commitment from students throughout the school, it was inevitable that both performances would be extremely successful, and both received glowing feedback from across the school community. This term has also seen the terrific growth of student-initiated lunchtime soccer games, which have been taken to with great enthusiasm. Staff and students participate together, fostering a sense of community across the school. Beginning with smaller…

2 min
brave new world (apologies to aldous huxley)

Much has been written about the changes to the workforce, the ongoing automation of once-skilled jobs. Much has been written regarding the inadequacies of the current education systems; structures designed to foster a Victorian era. It has only been in the past decade that research and theory has developed to the point whereby the path ahead has started to reveal itself. Will there always be schools? An interesting question that perhaps has a less certain answer today than a decade ago. At their core, schools have always played a critical role, not only in the education of children but in the fostering of a cohesive society. Schools teach values, foster social connections, and provide the opportunity for young people to learn empathy for the shared human condition. And yet I would contend…

4 min
the vcal

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is ideal for Year 11 and 12 students who want a widely recognised secondary school certificate that offers a more hands-on approach and practical work-related experience. While the VCE is used as a pathway to university, the VCAL is aimed at students who are more likely to go on to TAFE, an apprenticeship or the workplace after school. The VCAL equips students with the practical skills that employers need, helps them develop their initiative and resilience, and gain experience in teamwork and leadership. Students who have completed Vocational and Education Training (VET) units as part of their VCAL certificate will have developed knowledge and skills from nationally recognised qualifications that employers value. These may include industry awareness and use of tools, equipment and machinery.…

3 min
a personalised approach to learning

Ivanhoe Grammar School is delighted to be rolling out its new model of personalised mentoring for students in Years 7–12. Through this new initiative, secondary students work closely with a selected mentor to develop their own wellbeing, academic and futures plan. This highly personalised document is a key part of the student’s pastoral care and assists greatly in helping them develop their personal strengths, achieve academic success and plan their future pathways in line with their personal attributes, motivations and goals. Built on the premise that every student is unique and therefore deserving of a personalised educational experience, personalised mentoring aims to help each student reach their potential — and do so alongside a skilled guide who knows them well. The process of personal mentoring has three key dimensions: 1/ A proactive process for…