The school’s learning philosophy is firmly based in the idea that every child can succeed, and our mission is to ensure that a Westbourne education is one that prepares each student with the academic, social, ethical and emotional skills to grasp their learning opportunities and to fulfill their aspirations in a rapidly changing world.

Schools play a vital role in preparing young people for the future. Our staff have been deeply engaged and immersed in current and emerging educational research about how best to design the most effective teaching and learning approaches.

This work has led to Inspire.

Inspire captures the spirit of learning at Westbourne from Kindergarten through to Year 12. Through the lens of character and agency and framed by the school values of courage, community, creativity and scholarship, the model of learning at Westbourne is defined through the eight domains of the learner profile and underpinned by CARE – our wellbeing program.

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Heraclitus of Ephesus

CARE is our way of describing wellbeing at Westbourne. Our wellbeing program is designed to help students have a strong sense of who they are within a moral framework to navigate an increasingly complex world. Care of self, care for others, care of the spirit and care for the community underpin our framework.

The CARE program is sequential across Prep to Year 12. Within CARE there are eight domains which are developmentally staged and reflective of the essential aspects of a contemporary and in some cases compulsory wellbeing curriculum.

CONSCIENCE – Culture and Belonging | Empowerment and Consent
ACTION – Positive Learning Behaviours | Healthy Bodies, Hearts and Minds
RESILIENCE – Managing Risk | Digital Wellbeing 
ENGAGEMENT – Respectful Relationships | Meaning and Purpose

People come first and by empowering our people we encourage continuous innovation.

To thrive in our digital world, schools need efficient, effective, and contemporary foundational structures, systems, and processes, to allow us to focus on our core business – teaching and learning.

The digital world demands new skills, and diverse teams, that can bring design thinking and problem solving together with digital and creative skills.

It is a world where Leadership is more important than ever, and innovation and change is both top down and bottom up.

Our digital transformation program was developed in 2021 and is currently being implemented across the school – see implementation summary below.