Learning and Teaching
Learning and Teaching

Heritage College is registered to provide an approved program of education for primary students from Year Prep to Year 6. The College’s academic program is carefully selected and modified so as to remain in harmony with our philosophy.

Curriculum

This is based on the Biblical philosophy of educating the whole person. It has been designed to provide a harmonious integration of faith and learning – to help prepare the student to successfully meet the challenges and choices met at this College and in the wider world.

It has been developed in consultation with the Australian Curriculum and the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s primary curriculum Encounter. It is constantly under review so as to keep abreast with current educational needs. The curriculum is taught from a Christian perspective by qualified and dedicated Christian teachers and includes all Key Learning Areas presented in the following subject areas:

  • Encounter (Biblical Studies – the Encounter Bible curriculum is a wonderful opportunity for students to become closer to God and understand His great love.)
  • Mathematics (Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability)
  • English (Reading and Viewing, Writing, Speaking & Listening)
  • Integrated Studies (History, Geography, Science)
  • The Arts (Visual and Performing)
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technologies
  • Languages (Indonesian)

ICT is used throughout the College with students gaining progressive exposure to a variety of techniques and skills through the use of computers and iPads.

 

Sports

The College participates in a variety of sports programs with other Adventist primary schools in Victoria, including Cross Country, Soccer, Athletics and Basketball.

Swimming classes are held during Term 4 for all students (subject to availability of the pool, the timing of this could change). Gymnastics classes are held in Term 3. The cost for these is included in the school levy.

There are four Heritage College Houses; Court, Elliott, Jackson and Landy. These Houses compete in a variety of inter-house competitions and participate in the College values program throughout the year.

 

Music

Private piano lessons are available during school time on an individual or group basis. Details of these are available at the commencement of the year. Lessons are invoiced to you and are payable to your piano teacher directly.

 

Class Groupings

It is readily accepted, that in any single year level, there is a significant difference within student achievement levels. At Heritage College our long-term plans are to have double streams in each year level – this means two classes of Prep, two class of Year 1 and so on. However, while the College is still growing there is the expectation that some classes will be composite (two year groups together), and also stand alone classes (one year group in one class).

There are many benefits for students to be placed in composite classes. Mentoring and cross-age tutoring opportunities can benefit students at both year levels in a composite class, and the range of ability levels across both years can often work to the advantage of many students.

When determining new classes for any year consideration is given to the following criteria: gender balance, friendship groups, student relationships, specific student needs and past classes. Eventual class allocations are deemed to be the best mix for all concerned.

 

Learning Support

A Learning Support team, made up of Learning Assistants and led by a Learning Support Teacher operates at the College to support students who are at academic risk. A range of programs is offered based on student need, and these include STAR Accelerated Reading Program, EMU Maths, Multi-lit, Speech Pathology Assistance (SPA), and Bridges. These programs allow numeracy or literacy competencies to be taught and so giving students the opportunity to develop academic abilities within the context of smaller groups and additional support.

In addition, each classroom teacher has timetabled support from a Learning Assistant each day. This allows for additional assistance for students at their point of individual need, both for additional assistance and extension.

Students are taught at the level of their individual learning need, and extended or given additional assistance as assessment and observation data indicates. This is done within the context of the classroom.
Students who demonstrate the need for assistance with English as an Additional Language (EAL) are taught English skills and conventions by the EAL teacher.

 

Excursions

Periodic excursions are held, some wholly in school hours and others running beyond normal school time. Students need to display satisfactory behaviour to take part in an excursion. Every care is taken when planning these outings so that they will be enjoyable, educational and safe.

Written permission for a student to attend indicates parental acceptance of responsibility. Parental permission is gained for all off campus activities that will run into out of school hours. This includes the giving of authority to teachers to take action believed necessary in case of accident, etc.

A small charge will sometimes be made to cover admission and transport costs.

Year 4 students will enjoy an overnight sleepover at the College in preparation for longer periods away from home in Years 5 and 6.

Year 5 students have an annual camp (Sovereign Hill in Ballarat), where they engage in learning and team building activities. The classroom teacher will send more information to parents at the beginning of each school year.

Year 6 students have an annual camp to Canberra, joining with students from other Adventist schools. The cost of these camps have been incorporated into the student levy.

Students may not be able to attend camps and excursions if fee accounts are overdue.

 

Stationery

All items required for day to day class activities are supplied by the College. These items include a library and homework bag. The cost of these items is covered by the school levy.

 

Homework

To supplement their work at school, students will be required to complete homework. Senior primary students need to keep a record of this in their diary. Details will be sent home by the class teacher.
Suggested guidelines regarding the approximate allocation for homework, according to the homework policy:

  • P-2: 10-20 minutes four days/week
  • 3-4: 15-30 minutes four days/week
  • 5-6: 30-40 minutes five days/week

 

Assessments & Reports

Assessment of student academic progress is by a combination of methods. These can include observation, written and oral work, testing, assignments and projects.

All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing in May.

Students in Years 3-6 can also choose to be involved in the University of New South Wales’ ICAS Assessments in English and Mathematics. Information will be sent to parents once the College receives it.