The academic program at Westbourne Grammar School aims to instil a lifelong commitment to growth through learning and is based on the belief that every child can succeed.
Underpinned by a variety of targeted, meaningful, open-ended and differentiated educational experiences, coupled with Westbourne’s highly successful Teaching Model (which is based on current, rigorous academic research); students become more independent, articulate, confident and perceptive. They are encouraged to work collaboratively and to make their learning visible. Making learning visible means reflecting, documenting and collaborating to develop deeper understanding and to create and frame a collective body of knowledge that informs future learning.
The Junior School offers a broad, balanced and innovative curriculum which is academically challenging. Learning focuses on the development of fundamental skills, understanding and knowledge in the core learning areas with a particular emphasis on literacy and numeracy. In the early years at Westbourne from Prep - Year 3 the teaching and learning is inspired by a Reggio Emilia approach, which centres on an investigative, inquiry-based learning style. Years 3 - 6 are characterised by a program which builds sequentially through the development of more science, technology and creative arts-based inquiry. At the same time, an interdisciplinary approach further enables students to deepen their learning through making connections and developing greater understandings. All Junior School students have specialist teaching in Japanese, Music, Visual Arts, Library and Physical Education.
To ensure we are providing students with contemporary, challenging and enriching learning experiences, elective modules are offered at Years 5 and 6. These modules enable us to cover many of the outcomes stipulated by the Victorian curriculum for these levels, while actively supporting students in building vital twenty-first century learning skills. Such offerings are very much part of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) focus.
The Senior School is characterised by three age-appropriate learning clusters: The Horsburgh Centre (Years 7 - 8), the Geoffrey Ryan Centre (Year 9 Program) and the Senior College for Years 10 - 12. In aiming to inspire an enthusiasm for lifelong learning, the common theme across all year levels is a strong focus on achieving proficiency in the core curriculum subjects, the development of academic skills and a positive approach to learning – coupled with active participation in the very wide range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities available. Students from Years 7 – 9 have a variety of innovative electives to choose from; and this enables them to experience different areas of curriculum and discover their learning strengths and passions. Consolidation of academic strengths and choices occurs in Year 10, forming a sound preparation for the VCE years. At VCE, Westbourne offers a very comprehensive twenty-eight subjects supported by two university extension programs.
Westbourne students are busy and engaged in what they do. The School has a one-to-one device program from P - 12 and technology is integral to learning in all subject areas. The School’s information technology system houses the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where teachers upload content, assessment, homework assignments and other learning resources for students to access. Academic reporting for all students is continuous and online, ensuring information for parents about their child’s progress is available on a continuous basis.