Aitken College is a Prep to Year 12 low-fee co-educational Uniting
Church independent school providing a quality education in a caring
and supportive community, emphasising academic achievement,
creativity, environmental responsibility and service. Set in an attractive
rural setting, the College is divided into four schools covering Prep -Year
2, Years 3-6, Years 6-9 and Years 10-12.
The primary core curriculum is complemented by specialist teachers for music, drama, art and physical education. Primary students participate in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program. Secondary students undertake a core program of English, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Indonesian, Technology (Design, Digital and Food Technology) and Physical Education with electives in Information Technolgy, Food Technology, Product Design, Agriculture & Horticulture, Music, Drama, Art and Media. Senior students undertake a wide range of VCE and VCAL programs with Careers education and a study skills program. The Life Skills curriculum includes health, nutrition, relationships, camps at Years 4, 7 and 10 and a City Experience in Year 9. Religion & Values Education is undertaken by all students and is complemented by a weekly Chapel Service. Students can access welfare support and the Learning Centre for special needs.
All students from Year 6 upwards use personal iPads in their classes and to access resources, submit work and maintain their electronic diary. Classes in Prep to Year 5 share sets of iPads. The College has numerous rooms with either desktop PCs and Macs to support learninig in all subject areas.
The College features an extensive environmental program including its own water supply, extensive solar panels, wetlands and native gardens and has been highly rated as an environmentally sustainable school.
For further information and to enquire about availability of current and future places, please contact the College Registrar on 9333 1866 or go to the College website.
Choirs, music ensembles, instrumental music tuition, drama, musicals, sports program, debating, public speaking, community service, Interact Club (Rotary), out of school hours care.
Aitken College is divided into four schools: Preparatory (Prep to Year 2), Junior (Year 3 to Year 6), Middle (Year 7 to Year 9) and Senior (Year 10 to Year 12). Each school has a Head of School and a team of pastoral care staff who look after the management and wellbeing of students in their school. Students requiring extra support are referred to the Chaplaincy and Student Services team or the Educational Support staff in the Learning Centre.
Aitken College is serviced by several public school bus services from Gladstone Park, Attwood, Greenvale and Craigieburn. Six charter bus services transport students from Airport West, Essendon, Roxburgh Park, Sunbury, Craigieburn, Merrifield, Beveridge and Greenvale.
Sometimes when I am asked what I do and I respond that I am a teacher, it usually follows with a question such as, ‘What do you teach?’ My response to the question is that I teach young people. Sometimes, I teach them Chemistry or Science or Maths but more importantly it is about teaching skills to be life-long learners, teaching about self and formulating a set of values through which they can make wise choices and decisions in order to make positive contributions to society. As a Principal I am passionate about quality teaching and learning and at Aitken College this encompasses the academic, the social and the emotional learning that provides for a holistic education. Our College motto, ‘ In Mind and Spirit’ describes our approach to education. The ‘mind’ reflects the academic facet of all we do and the ‘spirit’ the acquisition of values in the context of the Christian faith. Aitken College is an independent, coeducational, Uniting Church school. Please visit our website to learn more about Aitken College.
Mrs Josie Crisara
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