Aiming to inspire an appetite 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 wide range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities available. Westbourne students are busy and engaged in what they do.
The learning program at Years 7 and 8 is designed to encourage students to extend thinking skills and deepen inquiry. As different ideas and concepts are explored in a stimulating and supportive environment, confidence develops and self-discipline matures. Leadership opportunities are revealed within which relationships are enriched and tolerance and respect are cultivated.
This is an exciting year for students at the Year 9 Centre within the campus. Year 9 is structured to stretch students in the classroom and beyond. The program offers the core subjects English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities coupled with two electives and two enrichment subjects over the year. This allows students to follow their interests and passions whilst learning in a structured way to help them find their strengths and develop their skills.
Very deep learning takes place in the year-long collaborative project which uses the Future Problem Solving framework and a formal project planning approach – grappling with real life issues and looking at potential solutions. The presentation of these projects to parents, staff and the community is a highlight. Skills gained throughout the program greatly equip students for the senior years of school and for life beyond school. Year 9 is an intense, rich experience that connects strongly to the idea of the hero’s journey.
Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are reaching a level of learning maturity and are actively counselled and supported to choose the academic program that fits their aspirations and expectations for post-school outcomes. Year 10 allows students to select subjects that will prepare them well for Years 11 and 12 and begin to specialise in particular disciplines. For students who are academically ready, some VCE subjects may be taken in Year 10. Westbourne offers a very comprehensive twenty-eight VCE subjects supported by two university extension programs.
Senior students also have many opportunities for international experiences through the German trip, Cambodia experience, Japan exchange and the Music Tour of Europe.