We value the teaching and training of students so that they will seek and live out the truth in their lives.
To be the school of choice for parents seeking education which offers value, quality, relevance, and challenges for their children
To be an outstanding, inclusive, and unique learning community, fostering individual gifts
To provide a ‘safe environment’ for all children
To build an environment of acceptance, compassion and concern
To provide opportunities for academic, creative, artistic and sporting activities
To foster in each child a feeling of self-worth
The Primary Curriculum is sourced from the Victorian Curriculum.
* English (including: Spelling, Grammar, Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening)
* Physical Education / Sport
* The Arts (including music, visual arts, drama, dance)
* Information Technology
* LOTE: Indonesian
* Integrated Studies (including: History, Geography and Economics)
* Clubs - Intermixed year levels, with a focus on social development
Additional areas: These are interwoven across all the curriculum areas.
* Interpersonal Learning
* Thinking Processes
* Civics & Citizenship
* Personal Learning
We recognise that not all children learn the same so our aim is to provide activities in our daily teaching that are:
Our increasing range of computer based learning infiltrates many lessons but is also taught as a separate set of skills, essential for the twenty first century.
Secondary school is an exciting step for students. There are new challenges and new rewards. Students undergo personal growth as they develop intellectually and are exposed to areas of academic, sporting and personal achievement. Students will begin to make decisions and choices regarding their own education and the direction that they wish to undertake in the future.
Geelong Baptist College aims to equip students for their future life, study and work. With that in mind, the College aims to provide a curriculum that is innovative, challenging and comprehensive. The choice of subjects and activities within the curriculum recognises that all students have varied skills and abilities as well as a wide variety of interests and ambitions for their future.
Year 7 is the first year of Secondary School and as such provides an introduction to the routine and rigour of the senior school. There is a balance between the Core Subjects of Maths, English, Science and Humanities (MESH) and the specialist elective subjects which students cycle through term by term. Students also study a Language Other Than English (LOTE), Physical Education, Computing and Christian Living. Support is given to every student so that they feel at ease developing new personal organisation and time management skills as well as new study habits.
Term Two is marked by a Year 7 camp. This provides a relaxed and fun-filled opportunity for all students to get to know one another. There are also other opportunities during the year for social events provided just for Year 7 students.
Years 8, 9 and 10
Students continue to study a set curriculum of core subjects (Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities), Physical Education and Christian Living during Years 8 to 10. There is a variety of specialist electives to extend student interest and learning. These electives include; Visual Arts, Visual Design, Legal Studies/Politics, Business Management/Economics, Food Technology, Music, Media, Physical Education, LOTE:Indonesian, Systems Engineering, Writers Workshop, Information Technology, and Wood Technology
Support programs are also in place for students struggling with literacy and numeracy. All students are tested in numeracy, comprehension and vocabulary skills at the commencement of each year. This testing helps to guide staff in programs that will assist students to improve their skills in these areas in a positive and encouraging environment.
In Year 9, students are involved with 'The Edge' program. 'The Edge' program is undertaken for one day per week for the duration of Semester One or Two, depending on the class. The theme of the program is 'WHO I AM MAKES A DIFFERENCE'. Students explore this concept from 3 different perspectives. 'Who am I?' explores developing the inner self - spiritually, physically and emotionally and involves physical challenges, developing life goals and understanding personal gifts and talents. 'Me and my relationship with others' requires engagement in team building activities that employs problem-solving tasks and explores the qualities of a leader. 'Me as a citizen of the world' aims to develop student's awareness of communities in need, identifying our responsibility in our community and creating links with local community projects. Camps and project-based activities are an integral part of the program.
In Year 10, students will be involved in various career guidance activities as well as Work Experience. Both of these aspects of the Year 10 program assist students in their choice of subjects for Year 11 as well as providing a basis for personal growth and maturity.
Years 11 and 12
The College has put together a wide choice of subjects. The subjects allow students to choose from a University pathway, TAFE, traineeships or employment. Courses include varied subjects. Please contact the College for a curriculum outline.
We believe that schooling should be a positive, engaging experience where every student can explore and develop their individual abilities in a safe and challenging environment.
What can be expected at Geelong Baptist College:
* High standards in education and a wide range of courses
* Emphasis on the individual
* Strong pastoral care and discipline
* Traditional family values and quality relationships
* Preparation of students for entry and success into employment, university or further education
* Opportunities for parent participation in the College community
* Skilled Christian teachers committed to student success
* Students contributing to and serving community needs through fundraising, social action and leadership
The College provides opportunities for students to maximise their potential; personally and academically.
The College aims to develop in students, and to deliver to society young people who have:-
The ability to discern what is good, having developed the knowledge and skills to commit themselves to action for a better society.
The ability to demonstrate initiative, self discipline, integrity and compassion in their life style. The ability to withstand peer, and other pressures, demonstrating resilience.
That students are prepared to work hard, and to strive for success in personal life, in further education and in employment.
That students have had the opportunity to discover the truth of the Gospel of Jesus as well as the nature of God. That students may choose to have a relationship with Him, living in the service of God.
FROM THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY PRINCIPALS
As a College we know that the relationship and partnerships that are forged between home and the College are paramount to our success as parents and educators. We seek to maximise the teaching and learning opportunities for each child through creating and maintaining safe, happy environments where there is an atmosphere conducive to learning. For this reason we seek to encourage parents and staff to pursue effective ways of building and maintaining open lines of communication.
As a professional team of educators and administrators we are here to serve in an environment in which teachers have the opportunity to teach and students have the right to learn. Our core values are synonymous with those of the wonderful families who have chosen to send their children to Geelong Baptist. As a community our commitment to the holistic development of each child; Academically, Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually is very important.
Geelong Baptist College is a growing community in excess of 300 students across the Primary and Secondary campuses.
We encourage all to see our educational community as “Two Schools yet One College” – a College in which students can journey from Foundation right through to graduation at the completion of Year Twelve. The benefit of an extended and personal journey of this nature cannot be underestimated. We are acutely aware that decisions about your child’s education are difficult to make yet are amongst the most important decisions you will make as a parent.
We invite you to visit us to consider embarking on the journey towards your child’s future together with us.
We invite you to visit our school. The principals, Mr Neil Wetmore and Mrs Judy Sobey, are interested in your enquiries. Guided tours of the college grounds and classrooms can be arranged. Every day is an Open Day at Geelong Baptist College. Interviews may be arranged with the principal to provide you with further information about the school and to guide you through the registration and enrolment procedures.