OUR COLLEGE

Respect for Others, Honesty, Teamwork, Creativity, High Expectations, Resilience.
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In 2017 there will be programs which have the potential to be the envy of schools across the state. With a cutting edge focus, highly experienced staff in the field of technology will lead our students in the study of technological advancement and innovation. This program is supported by leading Melbourne universities and will give Bayswater Secondary College students the edge in gaining tertiary entrance places.

A new 3D design and printing studio will provide your student with a vast array of new learning opportunities using this innovative technology across the curriculum. For example Biology students can create 3D, working models of various parts of the body. Humanities students can create 3D images of geographic contour lines or detailed 3D images of the earth’s core, Maths students will have the capacity to create 3D images of complicated mathematical ideas. Art and design students will be able to test their designs by printing them in 3D, Technology students will have the capacity to learn the latest software in 3D design and create their own innovations in a wide range of 3D applications.

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Across the Curriculum your child will be encouraged to be their best at whatever level that may be. Their personal and academic development will be carefully guided by experienced staff to ensure the best possible educational outcome for your child. Our school is committed to a culture of excellence. We want our students to do well. We believe in a culture of respect for others, integrity and honesty. We want to teach our students to be creative, resilient when life doesn’t go their way, and to be able get on with others and work collaboratively together. Education is a joint responsibility of the school and home. We welcome the opportunity to work with you in the interests of your child’s personal and academic education.

HEALTH/PE

The Physical Education and Health program reflects our belief that each student has the right to develop skills and behaviors needed for a happy and healthy future that allows for lifelong physical activity.
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STEM PROGRAM

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
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HUMANITIES

The Humanities provide a framework for students to examine the complex processes that have shaped the modern world and to investigate responses to different challenges including people’s interconnections with the environment.
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3D PRINTING LABORATORY

The ability to convert an idea into its physical form is what makes 3D printing so special. Students don’t just learn “how” to do something they discover their hidden potential. Using 3D printing develops the problem solver and the innovator in our students.
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College Values – What we believe in

Show Respect for others by:

  • Listening to one another and thinking about their feelings
  • Respecting other people’s property; hands off the belongings of others
  • Treating others the way we would want to be treated
  • Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes Not forcing others to do things
  • Using appropriate language and not insulting other people
  • Welcoming others and not excluding them

Demonstrate Honesty by:

  • Telling the truth
  • Not talking about other people behind their backs
  • Treating people equally
  • Being able to speak up if someone is in the wrong; admitting if you are in the wrong or made a mistake
  • Establishing trust between students and teachers; telling teachers if you need help
  • Being honest about homework

Demonstrate Teamwork by:

  • Listening to others and including everyone’s input into what we are doing
  • Communicating effectively
  • Encouraging the whole group and making sure everyone has a say
  • Fostering more team building activities
  • Cooperating with other people
  • Being prepared to go to each other for help
  • Having more group tasks rather than one person doing it all
  • Sticking up for each other

Practice Creativity by:

  • Brainstorming and thinking outside the box; thinking of other ways around a problem
  • Think about new ways to teach something
  • Always finding the positive side of things
  • Expressing emotions through our work
  • Displaying art work around the school
  • Being prepared to try something new

Demonstrate High Expectations by:

  • Setting goals and aiming for them
  • Not competing against others but doing the best we possibly can; trying always to get better”
  • Wearing school uniform correctly every day
  • Being encouraged to go past expected levels
  • Teachers and students being well prepared and organised; set aside the time
  • Using all resources available
  • Always being respectful of students and teachers

Foster Resilience by:

  • Never giving up; keep trying even if we don’t get it right at first Teachers encouraging students Respecting myself Being prepared to go outside our comfort zone; trying new things Knowing that actions speak louder than words

College Council

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council?

For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category – members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is Parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging. How can you become involved? The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant. Do I need special experience to be on school council? No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.

What do you need to do to stand for election?

The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term i each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister. If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category. DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the school council at that school. Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination. Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.