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
Learning at Westbourne
Amici to Year 6
Through a variety of targeted, meaningful, open-ended and differentiated learning experiences, students become more independent, articulate, confident and reflective learners. 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.
Transitioning from Amici, Winjeel and then to Verdon, our junior school offers a broad, balanced and innovative curriculum which is academically challenging and focuses on the development of fundamental skills, understanding and knowledge in the core learning areas with a particular emphasis on literacy and numeracy. The upper primary years are characterised by a program which builds on each year through the development of more science, technology and creative arts-based inquiry.
Years 7 to 9
As students progress from Year 7 to Year 9, learning takes a deeper focus. Opportunities to experiment, try new subjects as well as developing the skills, flexibility, personal responsibility and independence required to work towards the specialisation in the senior years are embedded into the program.
Our core curriculum and electives give students the foundations of essential learning and the flexibility to develop and nurture specialised academic interests.
Years 10 to 12
Students in Years 10 – 12 are ready to think about where they are headed for their final years of study at school. They will know their strengths, interests and preferences and begin to specialise with support from a tailored academic program within the VCE.
The skills and independent learning habits they have developed in the preceding years help to prepare them for this more formal academic study and life beyond school.