Frequently Asked Questions | Caulfield Grammar School


1. Will my child benefit most from coeducational or single sex schooling?
2. Will my child’s individual talents and skills be nurtured and catered for?
3. Will my daughter or son have access to a sufficient range of learning programs and facilities?
4. How will my child’s learning differences be addressed by the school?
5. How will the academic needs of my child be met to enhance their employment prospects?
6. Will my child be well equipped to live and work in a competitive international labour force?
7. Will my daughter or son be taught life skills?
8. Does my child need a laptop or digital device?
9. How do I know when my child is ready to start at Caulfield?

1. Will my child benefit most from coeducational or single sex schooling?
Caulfield Grammar believes educating girls and boys together gives them an appreciation of each other as individuals – regardless of gender – recognising the qualities each person has and learning to value each other’s viewpoints. The coeducational class is more complete because of this. The world is coeducational. Men and women work together, raise families together and share in all aspects of daily life. Therefore it is important that children are well prepared to become contributing members of such a society.

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2. Will my child’s individual talents and skills be nurtured and catered for?
At Caulfield Grammar, each student is recognised as an individual with talents and abilities to be nurtured. With specialist teachers and coaches well versed in the latest approaches to teaching and learning, children of all abilities are well positioned to enjoy reaching their full potential. Caulfield offers one of the most diverse learning programs of any school, so whatever it is that your daughter or son wants to pursue there will be many opportunities. A wide range of music, theatre studies, creative arts, sport and traditional academic subjects are available. If special assistance is required to challenge or help students, teachers are well trained to recognise where acceleration or remedial programs may benefit the student. Special education programs are conducted within the school by specialist staff.

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3. Will my daughter or son have access to a sufficient range of learning programs and facilities?
Caulfield Grammar is a leader in innovative learning programs and our five campuses are equipped with outstanding facilities. Students have access to excellent theatre, science, music and sporting facilities and our specialist teachers inspire learning in all areas of the curriculum. From the early learning to the senior years, students have access to a range of academic, social and personal development, pastoral care and spiritual development programs.

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4. How will my child’s learning differences be addressed by the school?
Caulfield Grammar School acknowledges and appreciates the needs of each student. The school offers a variety of programs to develop each individual’s potential, which include a pastoral care system, careers counselling, the Internationalism Program, education outdoors, and a personal development program. Teachers are well trained to recognise where acceleration or remedial programs may benefit the student. Literacy and numeracy assistants work with students in the primary years and Years 7 and 8 where Learning Mentors also work together with the specialist classroom teacher.

Specialist teachers are available to give individual extension or remedial assistance to students in the primary years. The school is also able to offer acceleration classes to ensure students are kept motivated and challenged. For example, students who have accelerated in certain subjects prior to Year 12, have the opportunity of studying one or more first year university subjects during Year 12. A selection of extension courses are specifically designed for gifted or talented students in Years 7 to 10.

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5. How will the academic needs of my child be met to enhance their employment prospects?
We encourage students to undertake a wide range of subjects so that their options for study and work beyond school are kept open. An extensive range of VCE units is offered from Year 10 which enables students to tailor a course of study to suit their interests, needs and preferred destinations. Students enjoy more flexibility, more specialist teachers and more career support to help them excel. The school emphasises developing thinking skills, individual and group work patterns, self directed learning and IT skills, so that students will carry these into life after school.

Visiting professionals from a variety of industries are regularly invited to the school to pass on their knowledge and expose our students to the range of work areas available to them. This is just one aspect of an extensive careers development program Caulfield Grammar has a comprehensive careers program for our senior students providing exposure to varying industries and tertiary institutions, interview experience and resume writing. Additionally, many students are able to enrol in first-year university subjects and Vocational Education and Training programs are offered in association with TAFE Institutes.

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6. Will my child be well equipped to live and work in a competitive international labour force?
The Internationalism Program promotes personal independence through active learning in changed surroundings. All Year 9 students are given the opportunity to travel to China to live, learn and explore the exciting cultural, social, economic and geographic setting that our Nanjing Campus affords us. They will gain first-hand knowledge and insight into the competitive internationalised global workforce, which they will one day be a part of.

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7. Will my daughter or son be taught life skills?
The broad range of learning opportunities at Caulfield emphasises our commitment to developing the whole self, so that girls and boys can be active members of their community. Being able to interact confidently in a range of life situations is achieved through exposure to challenging, academic, sporting, artistic, cultural and social settings. Learning programs such as Internationalism, earth studies and education outdoors, Year 9 Learning Journeys, the arts, sciences, community service and leadership provide some of these life lessons. From kindergarten to Year 12 students are ‘taught’ the value and importance of strong leadership and decision-making skills. The careers program also teaches students with a practical rehearsal of real-life situations.

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8. Does my child need a laptop computer or digital device?
The School provides appropriate desktop computer technology to our learning spaces but it does require students from Years 5 to 12 to supply their own mobile digital devices: from Years 5 to Year 10 students are required to provide their own iPad; from Years 11 to 12 students are required to supply their own digital device to suit their learning requirements.  The School streamlines the process of selecting, purchasing and preparing their device for operation in the School.  Caulfield Grammar places strong emphasis on computer literacy and the importance of integrating learning technologies into all learning programs. Students are exposed to information technology learning programs from Pre-Prep. Students are provided with email access and remote access to the school’s information technology network.

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9. How do I know when my child is ready to start at Caulfield?
Our specialist staff can assist you to decide if your child is ready to join Caulfield Grammar School. Please contact us (or our Registrar directly), to arrange a time to discuss the individual needs of your child.

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