Wantirna College holds the development of the whole child at the centre of its philosophy of education. To develop one aspect of the emerging young adult without the others would be to miss an opportunity to enrich the full lives of our students. We aim to inspire children’s curiosity, creativity, imagination, compassion, self-knowledge, social skills and emotional health through the wide range of programs we offer.
The academic component begins before the child even starts with the College; the close ties with their primary school smoothing the transition between the two. Data is gathered about academic achievement so supportive, challenging and extending programs can be put in place early. A highly knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff tailors the learning activities to extend each child from their point of need and at the same time create a culture of high expectations which inspire students to build confidence in themselves as learners. Flexible learning spaces in Year 7 mean students can work in like-minded or like- ability groupings, depending upon what will best stimulate learning. The curriculum in the junior years is deliberately broad, ensuring each child can find and explore their areas of passion at the same time as being exposed to a wide range of knowledge and thinking. Success in their future beyond school will depend on their ability to respond to new and unknown situations and problems, so scaffolding this growth is essential. Students are supported in choosing the right subjects throughout their years in the College so they gradually piece together the knowledge, skills and behaviours that will lead to career success. The pathway to that success beyond the College is through University, TAFE and apprenticeships.
This growth all happens within an atmosphere which aims to develop broader knowledge, and values. Involvement in the arts is extended from the core curriculum through music, singing, performance and dance. An appreciation of the outdoors is nurtured through adventure camps, bike riding and canoeing backed up by the development of a theoretical understanding of sustainability through our links with the Knox Innovation, Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC). The mindset that fosters guided risk taking is cultivated though involvement in team sport, where it is equally important to learn how to win graciously as it is to react positively to losing. A sense of social justice, and thinking of others, is promoted through student leadership opportunities and the support provided to charities chosen by the students.
Wantirna College is committed to educating our students to be inquiring learners with high levels of literacy and numeracy
Prepared to be global, ethical citizens in the 21st century
Capable of showing resilience and flexibility of thinking
Willing to show initiative and take on challenges throughout their lives