Learning in the Senior School
Never is academic dedication and development more critical than in the senior years. As an open entry school we cater for boys of all abilities by acknowledging the individual needs and differences of each boy. That said, each boy is encouraged to achieve his utmost – to reach, if not exceed, his natural potential.We offer a wide range of approximately 28 Unit ¾ VCE subjects as well as 5 or 6 VET subjects so as boys can follow a diverse range of pathways to align with his interests and abilities.
Supporting the day to day curriculum we have a Learning Strategies program for boys who need additional support. At the other end of the spectrum we have various extension programs such as the Talented and Gifted program and the University of Melbourne Extension program.
Above all, boys should choose a course which will be satisfying and enjoyable. Within this framework, boys should be looking for a range of subjects that provide a broad base of skills. Though, for most, the course should prepare for a tertiary course appropriate to their interests and ambitions, it should also provide a challenge.
For the boy who does not aim to continue into tertiary study, the course should not only challenge and suit his interests and abilities, but it should also be one in which he can achieve success.
We encourage our boys to be accountable for their learning. We want boys in the Senior School to be intrinsically motivated, to be self starters and to be self directed learners who are organised, diligent and who have a genuine love of learning. It is through the cooperation and collaboration of the teacher, the student and the home that the best learning outcomes are achieved.
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The Co Curricular
We believe boys also need to find out about themselves, test their limits and develop interests outside of the classroom. Consequently a broad and diverse co-curricular program is also offered.
This includes APS sport, theatre and drama productions, music, debating, chess, public speaking, cadets, community service and Outdoor Education. We encourage boys to become involved and to “have a go”. Indeed some of the lessons that a boy can learn via our co curricular programs can be of life changing significance. Boys can learn lessons of persistence, planning, resilience, teamwork, relationship building and a willingness to become involved. Indeed our goal is to help boys develop a passion for broader non-academic pursuits that they can continue well beyond their time in the Senior School.