Beaufort Secondary College aims to cater for all students, regardless of ability, and work to ensure that they reach their maximum potential as life-long learners. As a college we embrace the notion that all students can learn and are deserving of every opportunity to experience success in their education.
Some examples of what we do to cater for the whole range of student ability levels:
- Extension English students in years 7 to 9 link with students of similar ability at Donald High School via video-conference for the purpose of discussing Literature and writing and are continuing to develop at an amazing pace.
- Emphasis upon Public Speaking – using such programs as the Legacy Public Speaking Competition, Rotary Club of Beaufort Junior Public Speaking Competition, Lions “Youth of the Year Quest”
- Year 8/9 English ability groupings – students use texts and materials to suit their skills and interests
- Team teaching at years 8 and 10 (in English Mathematics and Science) – allows teachers to work with and extend groups of students of similar ability within a class
- Encouraging student involvement in such programs as “Mindshop Excellence” (year 10) and MUNA (the Rotary Model United Nations Assembly)
- Encouraging capable year 10 and even year 9 students to undertake one or more VCE units
- Support for teachers plan their teaching according to the needs of individuals within mixed-ability classes
- Literacy Assistants – two literacy aides are employed by the college to work within classes, specifically with students who have poor literacy skills
- Establishment of the “Rotary Club of Beaufort Literacy Centre” – stocked with materials for students whose literacy levels need improvement
- “Bridging the Gap” Program – the use of community members to work one-on-one with struggling readers
- Where necessary, creation of special groupings – e.g. students with special needs
- Provision of a wide range of post-compulsory options – VCE, VET, School Based New Apprenticeships, VCAL