The committed Christian staff of Belgrave Heights Christian School endeavour to teach all subjects from a Christian context and present Biblical principles in all academic areas. We realise that learning is not confined to the classroom, but is far richer and deeper than just the subject matter taught. Our curriculum seeks to challenge student understanding, encourage collaboration and social interaction, and develop critical and higher order thinking skills.
Basic numeracy, literacy, oral skills and communication/ICT skills are foundational in our academic learning. Belgrave Heights staff prioritise these core areas in their teaching with timetabled literacy and numeracy blocks a feature of the Primary years. As students progress through the school, these four key areas become more specialised and embedded in core and elective subjects.
The school's curriculum covers subject matter and skills appropriate for each age level. The curriculum is in line with current Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) content and draws upon a variety of complimentary models – such as Positive Education. Central to our academic curriculum is our commitment to tailoring content so that we provide differentiated learning – Learning Support and an Extension Program catering to either end of the spectrum. Classrooms are equipped with modern ICT technology to enhance the learning experience and all teachers are encouraged to keep their skills current in their subject areas through regular professional development.
As well as being committed to high academic standards, we recognise the importance of other key areas of the curriculum which enhance our appreciation and understanding of the world and culture.
Language and The Arts
In our Art subjects, students are given the opportunity to explore various forms of art and craft using a variety of mediums – both digital and ‘hands on’.
Our whole-school L.O.T.E studies ensure students develop basic French vocabulary, oral fluency and an appreciation of French culture.
Students receive regular Music lessons and are encouraged to participate in instrumental and choral groups. They have opportunities for individual tuition in strings, brass, woodwind and percussion.
In addition to this there are several opportunities each year to be involved in music and drama performances. Of particular note is our biennial school production where students from Years 5-12 are invited to be involved. Past productions have included 'Seussical' (2011), 'Annie' (2013) and 'Beauty and the Beast' (2015).
Science and Studies of the Environment
Belgrave Heights has a well-deserved reputation as an environmentally focused school, having won numerous awards at a local and state level for our tree planting program and environmental educational approach. Our dedicated enviro-space – ‘The Burrow’ – allows students to partake in investigative environmental studies. Whether researching platypus in our adjoining creek, designing gardens, cooking student-grown produce or tending the poultry in ‘Cluckingham Palace’ – all students are given the chance to see how their contribution can make a difference to creation.
Sport and Physical Education
All students are involved in a structured Physical Education (P.E.) program. This commences with a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) for our Prep Class and progresses to P.E. lessons and organised sport for other year levels, and eventually Outdoor Education and VCE subjects. BHCS is proud of our extra-curricular sporting achievements and selected students may be chosen to represent the school in interschool sporting competitions as part of the Christian Schools’ Sports Network. This includes swimming at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, athletics at Casey Fields and various other local venues. The school has a tradition of representing Victorian Christian Schools in National competitions across various sports and students are provided with opportunities to be involved.
Library and ICT
Daily use is made of the 'Discovery Centre' for lessons, borrowing and computer use – even encouraging creativity through the ‘Maker Space’. Moving away from the traditional definition of a library, the DC has become a flexible and innovative resource for both teachers and students, catering to both curricular and student interests.
Recreational and Life Skills
The school participates in interschool sports against metropolitan and local Christian schools. This competition also includes Chess, Debating, Theatre Sports and 'Master Cook'. Primary age children are involved in small-group club activities led by staff and parents. Some examples of clubs are Drama, Floristry, Chess, Electronics, Orienteering and Gardening. Parents are encouraged and supported in leading a small group in order to enrich the students' development in a particular area. All students are involved in a Camps program – even Preps begin with a “stay late” evening at the school. An example of a specialised camp in Secondary is that of the Year 9 Torquay Marine Camp where they learn about local marine life as well as receiving instruction in sea kayaking and surfing. Secondary LOTE students have the option to travel to New Caledonia for a language immersion experience. VCE Vetamorphus students travel to Fiji as part of their mission and practical training.
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