Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,based on the popular 1988 MGM film, takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and was nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards.
We have a wonderful cast of dedicated triple threats busting to show the world what they have been working on! It is seriously funny and like nothing CC has done before ! Performing Week 2 Term 2 !
Congratulations to our girls Softball team who have won the 2018 APS Premiership trophy.
Across the season, our pitcher had an incredible 82 strikeouts. The team scored a total of 158 runs with just 18 runs scored against them!
This fantastic result shows the hard work and dedication of the team, their coaches and families.
Congratulations, girls, on another great victory!
Caulfield Grammar School Girls Softball Team 2018
Throughout May, Caulfield Grammar will be bringing some of its specialist staff to regional centres across Victoria and Southern NSW.
We’ll be running information sessions for families wanting to know more about boarding, the School and its fantastic VCE and sporting results, acclaimed music, theatre and dance departments and much more.
Click here for more information, to find your nearest session and to register.
Caulfield Campus Aquatic & Wellbeing Centre
Mr Ashleigh Martin Principal, recently announced plans for a new Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre to be built at Caulfield Campus. The new facility will include a 50m Olympic-size indoor swimming pool showcasing innovative advances in aquatic sports technology.
The new aquatic centre will include a moveable floor that can be raised and lowered to adjust the water depth to cater for different aquatic programs such as competition swimming, water polo, diving and learn-to-swim. In addition, an integrated moveable boom and pop-up pool wall allows for the flexibility and versatility to arrange the pool for various configurations and uses, increasing its capacity and use at any one time.
“This will improve our ability to have multiple classes in this space and fully utilise this outstanding resource,” added Mr Martin.
The Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre will also feature leading environmentally sustainable design elements to reduce the carbon footprint of the building including an advanced pool water treatment system to reduce water consumption, energy consumption and chemical treatments, high performance glazing and water efficient fittings.
This announcement comes after a wonderful year of success for the Caulfield Grammar School Aquatic Program in 2017 – APS Championship winners in Girls and Boys Swimming and Girls Water Polo. It is anticipated this outstanding facility will further support and enhance the school’s aquatic programs well into the future.
In addition, the purpose built wellbeing spaces allow for the provision of dance, Pilates, meditation and yoga. As a school, we are committed to the wellbeing of our community, and this facility will further enhance our programs and contribute to the long-term health and wellbeing benefits for students and the wider school community.
The Caulfield Grammar School Foundation are working with the wider Caulfield community to seek philanthropic support for the Centre.
The Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre will be located between the Hepworth Centre and connected to The Lindsay Thompson Sports and Physical Education Centre. Preparation for construction is due to commence in the coming months. The building works are anticipated to conclude in the second half of 2019.
Video animation of the proposed Aquatic & Wellbeing Centre.
Artist impression of the proposed Aquatic & Wellbeing Centre.
Here is a quick reference to Caulfield Grammar School’s term dates:
For more information on the PYP at Caulfield Grammar, click here.
Equal Opportunity Exemption
Caulfield Grammar School has previously applied for, and been granted by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), an exemption from the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (the Act) to enable the School, from time to time, for the purposes of achieving gender balance, to:
(a) Structure waiting and enrolment lists to target prospective students of either gender;
(b) Advertise for prospective male or female students in year levels where future waiting lists show a gender imbalance; and
(c) Grant scholarships to male or female students and advertise for such.
This exemption expired on 27 February 2018 and the school has now been granted a further exemption until 30 April 2023, in the exact same terms as set out above, in order to continue to work towards achieving gender balance at the School.
Parents and Preschoolers Program
Parents can play and learn with their child at Caulfield Grammar School’s Parents and Preschoolers Program.
The 90 minute weekly program is centred around creative, sensory and imaginative play and is designed to stimulate and engage children from 2 to 4 years of age.
The program is led by a qualified and experienced teacher and with session numbers limited to 14 children, it will create an intimate environment. It also provides an ideal opportunity for parents to build friendships with other parents and children.
The program is conducted at Wheelers Hill Campus, 74-82 Jells Road, Wheelers Hill. Cost: $220/Term.
Open Days provide a fantastic opportunity for families to visit our campuses, meet our staff, students and parents, see our fantastic facilities and have all their questions answered.
We will be holding an Open Day on Saturday, 3 March 2018 from 11am to 2pm.
You will have the opportunity to visit each of our Melbourne campuses.
Wheelers Hill Junior Campus
Wheelers Hill Secondary Campus
Please check back for the next Open Day or School Tour Day.
Mr Ashleigh Martin appointed Principal of Caulfield Grammar School
From the President of School Council, Jim Hayman:
Following the announcement of the resignation of the Principal, Rev Andrew Syme, it is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr Ashleigh Martin as Principal of Caulfield Grammar School, to be effective from 23 December 2017. Ashleigh will be only the tenth Principal in the School’s 136-year history.
Ashleigh joined Caulfield Grammar in January 2012 as Head of Middle School – Caulfield Campus after six years in Singapore in an executive position as Head of Middle School at the Australian International School.
In January 2015 Ashleigh was appointed Director of Teaching and Learning at Caulfield Grammar, a critically important role across the school. In July 2016, he was then appointed as Vice-Principal. Ashleigh has distinguished himself in this role and fully appreciates and understands the breadth of operations of Caulfield Grammar School.
His experience in both primary and secondary classrooms and his passionate belief in the value of coeducation are invaluable. He is also a strong advocate of the relational element of teaching and the benefit to students that arise through strong connections. He has worked closely with the School Council and Rev Andrew Syme throughout his tenure as Vice Principal, providing him with extensive experience for his new role.
Ashleigh has commented, “I am honoured and humbled to accept the appointment as Principal of Caulfield Grammar School. I have the greatest respect for the rich history of our School and I look forward to honouring the past and reimagining the future with our community. The egalitarian ethos of Caulfield Grammar is what I believe distinguishes our school from others and I am committed to ensuring Caulfield Grammar School continues to be a leading coeducational school in Australia. I am grateful for the mentorship I have received from Rev. Andrew Syme and wish him and his wife Joan all the best for their next opportunities.”
“The people within our School are what makes us a great learning community and I am excited to work with such quality teachers and staff. Providing the highest quality learning experiences for our students, both in and outside the classroom, will be a fundamental priority. I am privileged to be leading our community in what promises to be an exciting phase in the history of Caulfield Grammar School.”
Ashleigh is married to Sarah and they have two daughters who are students at our Malvern Campus.
I congratulate Ashleigh and welcome him to his new role as Principal and believe that we are indeed very fortunate to have an individual with such outstanding leadership qualities and experience to guide Caulfield Grammar School into the future.
Resignation of Principal Rev Andrew P Syme
From the President of School Council, Jim Hayman:
I announced to the Caulfield Grammar School community on 20 December 2017 that the Principal, Reverend Andrew Syme, has given notice of his decision to resign from Caulfield Grammar School after nearly seven years of service.
Andrew has indicated that he intends to retire from full-time Principal/Headmaster roles.
School Council has agreed to support Andrew’s request that he be released early in order to consider other opportunities in Perth, and his last day will be Friday 22 December 2017. His adult children reside in Perth.
Andrew joined Caulfield Grammar School at the commencement of Term 2, 2011 from Perth where he was Headmaster of a leading independent school.
Since taking leadership Andrew has led reviews of curriculum and implemented significant change within our School, including;
Continued improvement in Year 11 and 12 results,
Introduction and roll-out of a new Teaching & Learning Plan including formative practice (FOCUS) and implementing a structured learning approach for all areas of the curriculum which will create even greater commonality of approach, language and assessment across all parts of the School,
Significant change and improvement to the learning experiences of our students at Yarra Junction and Nanjing giving greater voice to students and their learning,
Introducing the Learning Project at each suburban campus. These facilities have informed our approach to the construction of new learning environments and the adaptation of existing facilities. The Learning Project also resulted in Caulfield Grammar winning the prestigious international McConnell Award, the highest award for learning spaces in the world,
Embracing digital, mobile learning, giving students greater access to the tools of education and thus increasing opportunity for their learning. Technology was further enhanced with the introduction of cloud storage that gave even greater access to staff and student learning remotely to the campuses,
Increasing opportunity for student voice in expressing their learning and embracing greater diversity,
Introduction of the National Emerging Leaders Program with the Leadership Centre of AIS NSW and Barker College. A significant staff development program,
The introduction of a sophisticated HR function to improve recruitment and staff development and alignment to the School’s values,
Introduction of an Indigenous student program, which will begin in 2018,
Significant growth in numbers and performances for our Arts students,
Significant improvements in physical facilities,
Over the Christmas/New Year break a significant capital and maintenance program will begin at each campus to refurbish existing facilities for our current students and staff. This will continue throughout 2018,
A systematic review of all administrative processes with a particular emphasis on how to free teaching staff from administrative matters and save duplicated effort,
Recruitment of a strong leadership team.
The school remains in good hands with the continued leadership of the School Council and the School Executive team. An announcement on succession will be made in the coming days.
As Chairman, I am grateful for Andrew’s unswerving commitment to the leadership of the School. The position of Principal is a demanding role and I also wish to acknowledge the strong support of his wife, Joan Syme over his term of stewardship of Caulfield Grammar School. I offer Andrew and Joan our best wishes as they return to Perth to be reunited with their sons.
YJ Packed for Jazz @ the Junction
More than 1200 members for the Caulfield community gathered on Sunday 19 November to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Yarra Junction Campus.
The celebration, Jazz @ the Junction, showcased all the best YJ has to offer along with a pop-up food truck park and the main event, a music festival held in one of the paddocks.
An elaborate stage was erected and student musicians from across the school gathered to perform to the crowd. Jazz groups, vocal ensembles and a big band were all a part of the line-up, the culmination of which was the headline act; Melbourne-based funk and soul band, The Bamboos.
A warm, sunny day provided the perfect opportunity for families to explore the campus, including milking cows at the dairy, rustic furniture building, and getting the heart pumping on the leap of faith and high ropes course.
An animal farm, face painting and a selection of Melbourne’s best food trucks offering food and drink from around the world rounded out the day’s offerings.
Jazz @ the Junction was the largest and most successful Caulfield event in recent times and we’d like to thank all of our families, the YJ staff and organising team for making it such a fantastic day.
CBD Pop Up Gallery – Year 11 Art Installation
Melbourne is an ‘Arts’ city, our streets and laneways are known for innovative street-art; they are a network of formal and informal galleries featuring local and international artists that connect art with the city. Caulfield Grammar School are now part of the street art scene with the CGS Pop Up Gallery in Melbourne’s CBD.
Our year 11 student artworks will be on display at 32 Flinders Street Melbourne where some 34,000 people will view their works each day. The Pop Up Gallery was recently launched in a nondescript alcove at the front of Wilson Parking and is a two-part installation that will be on display until 20 January 2018.
The gallery works reflect a self imagining.
The artworks are a collection of ceramic self-portraits that were developed through the investigation of The Body and Contemporary Culture. Students explored cultural background, religious beliefs, philosophical worldview, socio economic status, ethnicity, heritage, family, gender, traditions and ideology to develop and construct their work.
Congratulations to the students who are involved in the installation as well as the Art Learning Area staff for their vision and innovative thinking that has enabled our students to have such as public showing of their work.
Learning Projects win prestigious global education design awards!
Caulfield Grammar’s Learning Project buildings have been awarded a prestigious global education design award. The announcement was made at an award ceremony in Atlanta, USA on 28 October.
Caulfield Grammar and Hayball, the school’s architects for the project, jointly took out the top accolade for education design globally – the Association for Learning Environments’ James D MacConnell Award.
Congratulations to our teachers for their collaboration with our architects. Over 20 teaching staff worked with designers to produce an outstanding educational facility that supports contemporary teaching and learning practices and many others have contributed to our understanding of how this design can positively impact on students’ learning.
The building continues Caulfield’s commitment to be at the forefront of educational change. Our primary focus is driving creativity and innovation but with a focus on having our students as ‘owners’ of their own learning and to equip them well for the future.
The buildings, across our three metropolitan campuses, provide a visible expression of contemporary learning and have provided the basis for the extension to the Hoult Centre on Caulfield Campus and the Band C Cluster at Wheelers Hill. It has also provided the inspiration and basis for the renewal of classroom furniture at Malvern and Nanjing Campuses.
Caulfield Grammar Memorial Orchestra wins Royal South Street Eisteddfod
The Caulfield Grammar Memorial Orchestra placed first in the prestigious Royal South Street Eisteddfod Orchestra Event at Her Majesty’s Theatre Ballarat.
The Caulfield Grammar Memorial Orchestra competed in the D’DADDARIO AREA Orchestra Event on 2nd September 2017 as part of the Festival of the Bands. The performance was outstanding and included a Mozart aria. The Caulfield Campus’ Memorial Orchestra included cross-campus support, with representation from the Wheelers Hill Campus, and was conducted by Marcus McLaughlin.
Caulfield Grammar Memorial Orchestra came first place on 93 points, ahead of second place Northern Eastern Area Orchestra (The Eltham High / Blackburn High joint orchestra) on 92 points and third place Wesley College Symphony Orchestra on 90 points.
In addition, our Big Band “Stage 2” performed in the Future Music – Aurelia & Musition Prize for Intermediate Stage Bands Event as part of the Freemasons Festival of Bands on 8 September 2017 and received an ‘Honourable Mention’.
The Caulfield Grammar School Memorial Orchestra is a 50+ piece full symphony orchestra. Music performed by the orchestra includes original scores, from the classical orchestral repertoire through to contemporary settings and original film scores. A highlight of the Caulfield Grammar School Memorial Orchestra performance calendar is the Annual Royal South Street Eisteddfod; the Grand National Eisteddfod of Australasia; a prestigious and premier event for high level ensemble performances.
Congratulations to all our students and teachers for your hard work and dedication to your music. You can listen to a snippet of the performance above.
Caulfield Girls for the Win(s)!
With the rising prominence and popularity of female sport, like the Women’s AFL, the girls at Caulfield Grammar School wanted to get in on the action.
Competing in the Associated Public Schools competitions, the girls have brought home 6 premiership trophies!
This feat, unmatched by the boys’ teams (who did win the swimming championship!) and any other school in the competition, has been earned off the back of a lot of hard work from the girls, and plenty of support from coaches, the school and families.
The girls took the APS premierships in basketball, netball, swimming, soft ball and water polo, as well as the AFL championship trophy.
Participating in these teams, and these wins, has meant so much to the girls and will be memories and experiences they take with them for the rest of their lives.
“Our season was one we will never forget, having a group of girls who were not only immensely talented, but also the most lovely, respectful and kind-hearted people. To my girls; you all sacrificed so much of your time, some to play only limited minutes, and your dedication and loyalty to the team is indescribable. I am so proud of the way every girl held herself throughout the season,” said basketball team captain, Stephanie Clarkson.
The teams are made up of girls from a variety of year levels and from both our Caulfield Campus and Wheelers Hill Campus.
Congratulations to the girls, their coaches and families. Sport, especially team sport, is an important part of life at Caulfield Grammar and we’re proud of the girls and their involvement.
Girls Water Polo Team Takes Home APS Trophy
The Girls Water Polo team has won the 2017 APS Championship.
This fantastic result comes after the team were joint premiers in 2016 – finishing in first place with Wesley.
The girls won this year’s final against Wesley with a convincing 3 point lead on the tally board.
It was the shortest season in the APS competition, which each school playing each other twice.
The CGS team is a great example of whole school involvement, with players from years 7 to 12.
Congratulations to the whole team and their coaches!
Gold for Year 6 Student at Snowboarding Event
Kate Rowsthorn, Year 6 – Malvern Campus, has taken home the gold medal at the Snowboard Cross Championship.
This year, the Victorian Interschool SnowSports Championships, now in its 60th year, was held at Mt Buller. Students from more than 170 schools competed in events across 9 disciplines including snowboarding, cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing and mogul runs.
The course of Kate’s event included a 75m drop from the start to the finish line, and she competed in fog with temperatures below freezing.
Kate finished her Final run with a time of 41.04 to score the gold medal; the second place competitor, Lilly Steel, made it through with 41.50.
A brilliant result, we congratulate her!
Saudi Arabian Teachers Learning at Caulfield
Caulfield Grammar School has been selected by the Saudi Arabian Government to host some of their teachers during term 3 of this year.
As part of Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Plan 2030, teachers from the kingdom have been dispatched to universities and schools in Australia as part of the ambitious project to transform the knowledge, skills and attitudes of Saudi education professionals.
Our Wheelers Hill Campus has played host to Ibrahim Maziad G Alrasheedy (Secondary English), Essa Ali H Alsahabi ( Secondary English Supervisor) and Hani Mohammed A Alsukhaybir (Secondary English Supervisor).
The teachers have been visiting and observing all elements of the school including a virtual tour of Nanjing Campus, an excursion to Yarra Junction (pictured) and various field trips as a part of year 9 Learning Journeys.
They have a special interest in our current technology, our teaching style (Formative Practice & FOCUS) and our unique Teacher PD Program. They were impressed with our Learning Projects and teaching spaces which Caulfield Grammar has been developing over the past three years.
Our guests have also been invited to attend staff meetings, meet with department heads and sit alongside the Campus Leadership Team as they work through long term goals, short term calendar items and the oversight of day-to-day school matters.
Our Saudi Arabian Educators have been very impressed with the learning culture of our students and, in particular, their independence, maturity and worldliness.
Each day there is an opportunity to reflect on their experiences and to find out about their education system, programmes and highlights. This shared opportunity has been of great value to Caulfield Grammar School as we hope it has been of great benefit to our visitors.
Thanks to Shane Davey (2nd from left in image), head of Teaching & Learning Years 7-9, for his support for our guests and assistance in preparing this article.
Girls AFL APS Champions 2017
The enthusiasm and endeavour of the CGS Girls Football team was admirable over the past 2 months. Forty footballers, training twice a week at 7am in the morning, through rain and wind, saw a marked improvement in their skills and understanding of the game.
The tournament began Saturday August 19th and we entered 2 teams in the APS first two round competition. Both teams approached the tournament with excitement and performed admirably.
Our Firsts team went undefeated throughout the tournament and won the Grand final in a very close fought match against PEGs.
Our Seconds team improved markedly over the 2 Saturday’s and are to be congratulated on their grit and determination.
We look forward to further development in 2018.
Girls Netball APS Champions 2017
The Caulfield Girls Netball team are the outright premiers of the 2017 APS championship!
They finished the competition having won 10 of the 11 games. This comes after finishing 5th in 2016.
Of the 16 girls on the team, 7 debuted in 2017, 3 of them regular players.
The team is one of two in 2017 to record the highest score of 79 goals in a game, with a game average of 58 goals.
A really fantastic result and we congratulate them!
Girls Basketball APS Champions 2017
The CGS Girls Basketball team has taken home the 2017 APS cup!
They finished the competition as outright winners, undefeated 10:0 for the season, after nabbing a shared premiership in 2016 and coming runners up in 2015.
This is a fantastic result for a team with an average age of just 16 (or year 10!).
In the final they beat Wesley by 20 points.
The girls are now in the whole-state Champions Cup tournament, and after going 3:0 they advance to the top 8 round on 31 August. (That now makes 13 consecutive wins this year!)
We wish them all the luck!
Year 12 Student Fergus wins Victorian Plain English Speaking Award!
Caulfield Grammar student Fergus (yr12) represented Victoria at the national final of the 2017 Plain English Speaking Award on Monday 14 August at the National Gallery of Victoria.
The 17-year-old boarding student from Indigo Valley earned his place on this national stage, winning the Victorian State Final.
“When I moved to the city to board at Caulfield Grammar, many people I encountered, through no real fault of their own, hadn’t thought about the country and the people living there. I wanted to raise awareness, talk about the stereotypes of country people and life and show of all the benefits of regional Australia,” Fergus said.
Previous winners of the national competition include Tom Ballard, Julian Morrow and Peter Hartcher.
The winner of the national competition then goes on to represent Australia at the 2018 International Public Speaking Awards in London.
We congratulate Fergus on his fantastic effort at the competition!
(Photo by Nicole Cleary)
Wins in APS Swimming
Riding a wave of camaraderie and support, both the Boys and Girls Swimming teams took both premierships over two nights of great competition.
Not since 2003 have both the Boys and Girls teams taken out the premiership together. Congratulations to all team members, coaches and staff involved for their commitment and team spirit!
Lifelong Learning rewarded
Caulfield Grammar teacher Geetha James is embracing the school’s mission of enabling ‘lifelong learning’ with her continued studies. A specialist teacher in mathematics at Caulfield campus, Geetha has recently completed her Masters in Education being further recognized for her hard work with three educational leader awards.
Geetha was awarded the Australian Council of Educational Leaders Western Australia Award – presented to the graduate student with the highest course average from either a Masters or a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership.
In addition, Geetha received the Lawrence McGrath Prize – awarded for outstanding scholarship in postgraduate coursework or research in School Leadership and the State School Teachers’ Union of Western Australia Prize – awarded to the graduate who achieved the highest coursework results in the Master of Education program.
“I am particularly proud of being able to practice what I preach to my students: ‘embrace lifelong learning’ and ‘strive for excellence’.” Geetha said of her achievements.
Head of Malvern Campus Honoured
The head of Malvern Campus has been recognised for his contribution to school leadership and professional learning with the 2016 John Laing Professional Development Award from the Principals Australia Institute.
Mr Andrew Strooper is one of four Victorian School Principals to be given the award. The Awards are a non-competitive, peer nominated celebration across all schools which recognise the contribution of school leaders who have supported the professional development of teachers, staff members and peers.
While extensive waitlists occur for the entry years of Caulfield Grammar School, from time to time a limited number of late vacancies may occur at specific year levels.
For more information, please contact Kate Miller at Wheelers Hill Campus on 8562 5300 or Admissions at Caulfield Campus on 9524 6300, or complete the online Contact Us form.
*Please note that Caulfield Grammar School operates with an exemption to the Equal Opportunity Act, allowing the school to structure its enrolment waiting lists to target prospective students of either gender. The exemption allows the school to modify the enrolment process to ensure a gender balance.
Educational Innovation Award Winner
Caulfield Grammar School’s innovative learning spaces the ‘Learning Projects’ have received a 2016 Learning Environments Australasia Award.
The award was received in the category of Educational Innovation, for the Learning Project design by Architecture and Design company Hayball (in association with LEaRN, The University of Melbourne). The category of the award is designed to showcase significant contributions to learning and the understanding of space and usage by designers and educators.
The jury citation for the project recognises the Caulfield Grammar’s Learning Projects design as “a bold initiative that demonstrates the interplay between action that is knowledgeable and knowledge that is actionable. This collaboration between educators, architects and researchers is an important first step in setting new standards for the design of truly innovative learning environments.”
Murrumbeena/Oakleigh Bus Charter
Now it’s even easier to get to the Wheelers Hill Campus. Caulfield Grammar School will commence a new chartered bus service as of Term 1, 2015 to transport families living around East Malvern, Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Oakleigh and Clayton to the Wheelers Hill Campus.
An indicative route for the bus is as follows: commence at Wattletree Road (bus stop after Tollington Ave), left at Burke Road, cross over Dandenong Road, right into Grange Road, left into Neerim Road, right at Murrumbeena Road, left at Kangaroo Road, left at Earlstown Road, right at Carlisle Cres, right at Mill Road, left into Warrigal Road, left into North Road (becomes Wellington Road), left into Springvale Road, right into Ferntree Gully Road, left into Jells Road, arrive at Wheelers Hill Campus. Download the map here.
For more information on pick up points and pricing, please contact Faye Hede at Wheelers Hill Campus 03 8562 5229.
Glen Iris & Mt. Waverley Bus Charter to Wheelers Hill
Caulfield Grammar has recently introduced a chartered bus service to transport families living around Glen Iris and Mt. Waverley to the Wheelers Hill Campus.
Please click here for a map of the new route – Glen Iris and Mt. Waverley Bus Charter.
For more information on pick up points and pricing, please contact Faye Hede at Wheelers Hill Campus 03 8562 5229.
Parents and Preschoolers Program
Our Parents and Preschoolers Program runs every Friday during the term at the Wheelers Hill Campus.
The 1½ hour weekly sessions will be centered around creative, sensory and imaginative play and are designed to stimulate and engage children from 20 months to 3 ½ yrs. Parent involvement is integral to the program. Click here for a copy of the flyer.
For further information call 8562 5300 or Click here to download a booking form.
Centre for Early Learning Excellence – Wheelers Hill
The Centre for Early Learning Excellence at Wheelers Hill Campus is one of the finest new facilities for children’s learning in Melbourne. Opened in 2003 at the Wheelers Hill Campus, the Centre for Early Learning Excellence builds on the School’s reputation for highly innovative approaches to education. The Centre comprises Pre-Prep classrooms that support the acclaimed Reggio Emilia approach, along with Prep Classrooms, a Science and Technology Centre and a Centre for Special Needs. The physical environment is considered an important source of learning and great attention is given to the look and feel of the classroom. Clever design enables children to be aware of activities throughout the building, to have spaces of varying volumes with bountiful natural light, and internal/external views to stimulate and encourage an awareness of colour, texture, sound and nature.
With the support of our specialist staff, the playground takes children on a safe, sensory adventure and invites them to be creative and imaginative at every turn. The many different aspects, textures, elements and discrete play-spaces all combine to provide an interesting outdoor learning space allowing the children to develop critical skills of balance, touch and movement.
The playground is a child’s paradise and it complements the Centre for Early Learning Excellence beautifully.
In an initiative designed to significantly improve the learning of every student, each Year 7 and Year 8 class has a dedicated Learning Mentor (in addition to the subject specialist teacher), who focus on the academic and pastoral welfare of each child in their class group. This is a further way of achieving our focus on knowing the learning style of each child and on ensuring each child’s experience is the best it can be. Caulfield Grammar School is the first school to introduce this innovative practice at secondary level.
The Learning Mentor is a qualified teacher who attends each core subject class (English, Mathematics, Science, Chinese, German, SOSE/ Humanities, Information Technology, Professional Development and Art) every day, with the same students. The Learning Mentor will attend additional subject classes whenever possible. The Mentor monitors learning environments, observes and assesses each child’s learning preferences and their academic and social development, supporting the specialist teachers who facilitate the formal learning activities. Therefore, there are two teachers with each Year 7 and Year 8 class in core subjects enabling better teaching and learning to take place.
Through a structured program, the Learning Mentors provide valuable information about the progress of each individual student to the classroom teachers, pastoral care staff and through them, to parents. The Mentors also work closely with the school’s Special Education specialists to ensure the learning needs of individual students are being met across learning areas.
VCE @ Year 10
Students begin studying VCE subjects in Year 10 and particular emphasis is given to helping students focus on preparation for entry to the tertiary course or career of their choice. Year 10 students at Caulfield Grammar are able to include in their course of study a range of VCE units suited to their interests and abilities. This means the VCE is spread over three years rather than two, enabling students to tailor their own individual learning journeys for these three critical senior years. It also means students in Year 10 can sample a wider range of the academic and additional learning programs on offer at Caulfield Grammar. It will also allow a more comprehensive induction into VCE Units 3 and 4, which determine students’ ENTER scores, and therefore their pathway to tertiary studies and career choices.
It’s an innovative approach to meeting individual learning needs and providing pathways to success.
Year 9 Learning Journeys
With our collective knowledge of how students at Year 9 best learn, gained from research and the successful Internationalism Program at our Nanjing Campus, the concept of Learning Journeys has been introduced for Year 9 to supplement the core learning areas of English, Mathematics and Extension Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education.
With one day each week devoted to Learning Journeys, students are involved in an experiential and holistic learning model with a focus on activities outside the traditional classroom. It is experiential, reflective and based on real-world problem solving – making it highly appropriate for students at this stage of their development. A team of specialist teachers leads the Learning Journeys, and at a ratio of 1 staff member to 15 students, the individual needs of students are well catered for. The curriculum is highly differentiated for each learner and is driven by assessment for learning of generic life long learning skills.
Some examples of Learning Journeys include:
United Nations Week. Students from Wheelers Hill and Caulfield campuses come together to simulate the workings of the United Nations. Students study countries and issues including human rights, poverty, refugees, sustainable development, indigenous people, disarmament, climate change, AIDS, drug control and crime prevention, health, and terrorism.
Sustainability – A local response to the drought. Students consider the impact of drought on the nation and explore the problem of reducing the school’s water consumption. Student groups tackle the problem in a variety of ways, coming up with a range of solutions.
National identity. Students explore the diversity of the Australian people and the key influencing factors which have shaped the nation and its people through four major strands: immigration, Australia’s development through the arts, welfare and reconciliation.