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Choosing a School for Your Child VIC

Choosing a School for Your Child VIC VIC Issue#29 2016

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
camberwell girls’ cafe culture

Camberwell Girls Grammar School has partnered with one of Melbourne’s top executive chefs to manage the school’s canteen and corporate catering. Principal Debbie Dunwoody wanted a company that could provide a greater offering to the Camberwell Girls Grammar School community and in 2016, the school partnered with executive chef Dan Kranjcic, who is the brains behind Pinwheel & Co, a company on a mission to transform school catering in Melbourne. “Pinwheel & Co has set out to raise the bar of food being served to Melbourne school students,” says Debbie. “As a school, we strive to provide the best for our students, staff and families, so partnering with Pinwheel & Co made a lot of sense.” After 20 years working all over the world in fine-dining restaurants and cooking for some of…

2 min
creating positive learners

What is the question that sits at the core of all decisions being made at a school? At Carey Baptist Grammar School, the answer to that lies at the heart of its model for Positive Learning. Whether it is the implementation of a new curriculum, a debate around the breadth of domestic and overseas programs outside the classroom, a contemplation of the balance of staff from ELC through to Year 12, or a questioning of the functionality of the soon-to-be-opened Centre for Learning and Innovation, this key question remains central to all that is done: Will the decision enable the individual Carey student the opportunity to become a wise, independent, motivated learner? Carey has been quite deliberate in providing this litmus test against all decisions with the student always the priority.…

2 min
musicians in the making

The Kilmore International School (TKIS) is a highly academic school with a very strong focus on the core subjects as delivered through the classes and an extensive after-school tutorial program. Despite this, many of its students still engage in musical activities, whether they be in dance, instrumental lessons, ensembles or choirs. Although TKIS is a small school, you will find exceptional talent and dedication. School captain for 2015, Angus Franks, achieved the maximum IB score of 45 in his International Baccalaureate and was granted a Sir John Monash scholarship at Monash University, yet still managed to learn and perform cello to a signifcant degree of proficiency. Angus and many of his classmates regularly performed at school assemblies, concerts, recitals and at the various aged-care homes in the Kilmore area. Combine this…

1 min
state-of-the-art creativity centre coming soon

An exciting new Creativity Centre, located at Mentone Grammar in Melbourne’s south-eastern bayside suburbs, is currently under construction and due for completion in 2017. It will be the largest development seen at Mentone Grammar, and will transform the school’s performing and visual arts, technology and senior school facilities. The cutting-edge design includes a 450-seat theatre and inspiring learning facilities for middle and senior students. For use by the whole school community, the development includes light-filled purposedesigned visual arts studios for painting, sculpture, drawing, digital photography, printmaking and visual communication design; specialist food and materials technology, robotics, animation and 3D labs; a recording studio as part of an extensive new music school; drama and dance studios; passive and active learning zones and courtyards; and a stunning gallery space. The Creativity Centre will provide…

120 min
regional schools

ARARAT SECONDARY COLLEGE Government co-educational Years 7 to 12 Ararat Community College Secondary is a co-educational school catering for students in Years 7 to 12. With a firm belief in the development of partnerships between students, staff and parents to achieve quality outcomes for young people, the college has high expectations of its students and prides itself both on its academic and cultural offerings. The school motto is: “Engage, Inspire, Enjoy”. Facilities: Ararat College is housed in expansive and well-maintained grounds. With specific centres for both Middle Year students and VCE students, those who attend Ararat College enjoy the space and comfort of dedicated learning areas. The school also features separate Science and Language, Technology and Arts centres, Hospitality Trade Training Centre as well as a library and computer rooms. Sporting facilities at…

1 min
a shared experience

Schools throughout Australia conduct International Students programs, where students are invited from overseas to complete their secondary education and often university here. Indeed, Yarra Valley Grammar is a proud member of the Melbourne Schools’ Partnership International (MPSI) with The University of Melbourne. However, the international programs may become a lost opportunity for school communities, students and their families if we are not careful. International students ought not be here merely to bolster enrolment numbers or the school’s academic achievement. This should be an opportunity for young people from overseas to truly experience the Australian lifestyle and culture. At Yarra Valley Grammar, our international students, like their local counterparts, are keen to do well in their studies, but it is the involvement in the broader life of the school that brings the…