Learning @ Bayview

We Create The Thinkers of Tomorrow

At Bayview College, we know that academic excellence is achieved by students who are innovative, open-minded, empathetic and questioning.

Our curriculum and co-curriculum programs encourage our students to encourage a mindset and outlook of creativity, initiative and self-reliance. We aim to have students and teachers who possess the following core attributes:

  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Passion, strength of character, persistence, resilience and ruggedness.
  • Courage to live with ambiguity, to seek alternative pathways, and to take calculated risks.
  • Sense of teamwork and ‘giving back’ to the community
  • Grounded in the values of compassion, integrity, respect and responsibility that serve as a guiding principle to navigate choices in life.

At Bayview College we promote a Culture of Thinking.

A Culture of Thinking is a learning environment which values independent thinking, awareness of how thinking happens and deeper understanding of ourselves as learners. Taking our inspiration from the Project Zero team at Harvard University, our Culture of Thinking has two goals: on the one hand, to nurture students’ thinking skills, and, on the other, to deepen their understanding of content. In terms of their thinking skills, we help Bayview College students to develop mindsets which are curious, reflective and critical, encouraging them to become alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them.

Our Culture of Thinking program helps students to build the foundations for lifelong learning and outstanding academic achievement

Exciting New Initiative for 2017

Bayview College is implementing exciting new developments in the mathematics curriculum at years 7, 8, 9 and 10 in 2017. We would like every student to experience success in mathematics to improve their skills, understanding, engagement and confidence. We are working hard to deliver the content in varied ways with new systems and approaches. The curriculum will be delivered using the Maths Pathway program, allowing students to have more time to work independently at their own pace and level.

We aim to tailor your child’s maths lessons to precisely what they are ready to learn. They might be filling gaps in prior learning, or working on extension activities. Students will complete a diagnostic test at the beginning of the term and then 3 other times throughout semester one. This test may see students begin work at levels lower that their year, this is due to concepts needing to be mastered in order to move to higher levels. These gaps will be filled quickly and growth will be evident. Once concepts are mastered new modules are opened up for students to complete.

  • Your child will complete work in their maths exercise book, guided by the Maths Pathway computer program that is shared with their teacher. Consistent and organised workbooks will allow students to show mathematical processes.
  • Students will be set goals to complete modules and they will also be tested more regularly with individual written and online tests tailored to what they are working on.
  • They will work with their teacher in small groups and one- on-one conferences.
  • The whole class will come together for rich learning and real –world mathematical application projects each fortnight. Thinking and problem solving skills will be taught and used in these tasks.
  • Teachers will deliver the content in front of the class in smaller blocks, this will give more time for individual learning and teacher/student conferences and feedback.
  • Improvement and growth will be a strong focus. Growth, effort and accuracy will be reported on, rather than just test grades. Focusing on growth allows all students to experience success regardless of their level. Students are celebrated for improving and challenging themselves. A positive mindset in maths will empower students and enhance their wellbeing.
  • Maths literacy will be a focus, with emphasis on key terms and their meanings to enable students to understand the maths that is required in problems they set out to solve.

We will continue to run afterschool (period 7) classes, lunchtime classes and tutoring to give extra support when needed. Homework will still be given, but it will be specific to each student. Homework can sometimes be completed via the internet as students can access the Maths Pathways at home or at times worksheets may also be used.

We are excited to be making these changes in 2017 to support and extend our students. We hope this more individualised and tailored approach will enable all students to know that improvement in maths can be continually made. Also that resilience and thinking skills are just as important as content.

This new approach will be continually reflected on and feedback from parents, staff and students will help mould it throughout the year. Students will also continue to be offered opportunities to compete in maths competitions and take advantage of other outside opportunities.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Stacy Thomas by phone or email at the College.

stacy.thomas@bayview.vic.edu.au

2017 Curriculum Handbook

2017 Curriculum Handbook

Bayview Assessment and Reporting Policy

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