Westbourne Grammar

ARCHIVE FOR November 2013

Learning that Matters

I was recently fortunate enough to take part in a study tour organised by Independent Schools Victoria in partnership with Harvard University‘s Educational Faculty. I have been working with colleagues from several diverse independent schools on a three year project called ‘Leading Learning That Matters’, led by Professor David Perkins and Dr Daniel Wilson from [...]

The Power of the Extended Project

Year 9 student, Sabriina Costa, has been writing and photographing a Sicilian cookbook dedicated to her family and, to enhance her project, emailed various international culinary photographers around the world, even Jamie Oliver’s official photographer. Sabriina eventually corresponded with Andrew Scrivani. Andrew was born and raised in New York City and is a New York [...]

2013 Melbourne Water “Kids Teaching Kids” Conference

On 28 and 29 October, Westbourne Grammar students from Year 11 will participate in the 2013 Melbourne Water “Kids Teaching Kids” Conference at Etihad Stadium, along with students from 28 other schools across Victoria. Kids Teaching Kids is a school-based education model that inspires young people to learn and care for their local environment. Kids [...]

International Science Olympiads

In August, nine of Westbourne Grammar’s high achieving Year 11 Science students undertook the Australian Science Olympiad Examinations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and our students performed extremely well. Congratulations to Andrew Stainsby who was awarded a Gold Medal in Biology. Andrew has now been selected to attend the elite Australian Science Olympiad Summer School, [...]

Friends of Westbourne

Friends of Westbourne is our P-12 Parents’ Association. Under the Presidency of Mrs Shona Taylor, Friends of Westbourne incorporates the Junior and Senior auxiliaries, Friends of Music and Performing Arts (FOMPA), Friends of Sport (FOS), as well as the Swap Shop. Friends of Westbourne members work hard to provide services and raise funds for the [...]

Ways to make learning stick

I wrote, some weeks ago, about the importance of research to the staff of Westbourne Grammar. We read and interrogate multiple strands of research about teaching and learning to ensure that we keep pace with international thinking, but most particularly with research that uses accessible data to influence our planning and practice. One source of [...]