Year 9 Program
‘Don’t hold back, join the pack!’
Belgrave Heights Christian School recognises that there is a significant opportunity to provide Year 9 students with a vibrant year of fresh experiences in a new environment. Experience has shown that some Year 9 students exhibit symptoms of boredom and a disengagement from learning. Students at this level often feel very much like the "middle child". They are ready to accept greater responsibilities and challenges, but feel unable to do so in a traditional school structure. Taking this into consideration, BHCS developed an innovative program designed to cater for individual abilities and learning styles. These provide Year 9 students with the skills, not only to tackle VCE studies resourcefully, but to also to prepare them for life-long learning. The Program has similarities with those developed in some of the most successful schools in Melbourne and other places.
The aim of the program is for the students to develop strong and healthy relationships with their peers, gain a greater independence and knowledge of who they are, to face multiple challenges and learn to overcome them and to foster pride in their accomplishments and growing life skills.
Throughout the year students complete units on Community Service, Personal Development as well as undertaking a ‘City Experience’. This is coupled with two action-packed camps. The program really is a lot of fun and is a time for students to build self confidence and resilience; to engage them by using their God given gifts; and to provide learning opportunities for students outside the confines of the traditional classroom.
Rowan Jeffery, Year 9 Program Co-ordinator