It is important for young people to gain a good understanding of all subject disciplines in order to make informed choices for their future. We place emphasis on developing the literacy, numeracy and general capabilities that are required for every learning area, therefore all teachers at our college are highly skilled literacy and numeracy teachers.
Our college week consists of classes in compulsory Australian Curriculum subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Health and Physical Education, Civics and Citizenship; and in our options program, which includes academic extension subjects, vocational enterprise, sports training, performing and visual arts and flexible and personalised learning.
The Grade 7 team provide a smooth and supportive transition from primary school. The classes work in a secure and structured environment with a curriculum emphasising the development of literacy and numeracy skills. A core focus is harmony, so that students of different schools come together positively, and form new friendships to see them through six years of secondary college.
The Grade 7 cohort are based in the new Student Learning Centre (SLC) which is a modern, state of the art facility. Each Grade 7 class works with one or two core teachers in their own classroom space, which assists in relationship building, focussed pastoral care and inclusive personalised learning plans. All year 7’s participate in a specialised Options taster program which includes weekly classes in Digital Technology, Drama, Music, Foods Studies, Materials, Design and Technology (MDT), and Art.
Grade 8 students are also part of our Junior School and spend their core teaching time with two or three core teachers. They have the opportunity to participate in our full options program along with senior students. This is an opportunity to expand their relationships, and for a focussed and targeted core learning program leading into the senior years.
Grades 9 and 10 make up the Senior School at Bayview Secondary College. They are located in a purpose-built teaching and learning space and work closely with their core teachers to achieve academic excellence and personal growth. There is an emphasis on pastoral care and individualised learning to ensure all learning styles are recognised and supported. Students are encouraged to participate in opportunities linked with community and business partners such as work and industry placements.
In addition to core subjects, students choose a number of options subjects which provide real world opportunities to extend their personal skills through entrepreneurial, creative and personalised activities, for example; attending Outdoor Education camps or elite fitness training through the Bayview Sports - High Performance Program, achieving Barista or RSA hospitality standard qualifications, working with industry specialists through an MDT partnership, or working as Child and Family Centre volunteers.