Our Approach

How we teach

Our staff are energetic, dynamic and engaging. They teach both inside and outside the classroom using a wide range of resources.

Each student at Heritage College has the benefit individual attention from our teaching staff. We aim to provide learning plans for every student which is prepared carefully by close consultation with the Principal, Class Teacher and the student family. From this plan, we aim to tailor the education of each child to prepare them to be positive and contributing members of society.

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Intergenerational Learning

In recent times, the benefits of intergenerational learning have been widely published in the news. This concept has been active in the curriculum at Heritage College for several years. We believe that building resilient, caring children depends upon having regular, fulfilling contact with all generations. Our students visit the Olivet Aged Care facility every fortnight as part of the curriculum where they are able to participate in joint activities and games. Within the STEM program, older students mix with younger children as well as intermittently joining the Heritage College playgroup for arts and craft.

Junior and Middle School Curriculum

Numeracy

Programme includes Numbers and Algebra, Measurements and Geometry, Statistics and Probability. We develop students’ skills and understandings which empowers their confidence and competence in mathematics. Students learn a variety of approaches to solve problems and are taught to think logically with skills to help them in their day-to-day lives. We prioritise academic excellence in Numeracy.

Literacy

Including core categories of Reading, Writing, Spelling (Phonics-based), Grammar and Speaking and Listening. We participate in the yearly NAPLAN testing from Grade 3 and offer individual Reading and Writing tuition for students, as required. Literacy also includes a librarian-run programme with project-based learning. We emphasise and aim for academic excellence in Literacy.

STEM

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programme involves projects planning, design and construction. Through this, students learn creativity and practicality. Some of our STEM programme takes place out of the classroom in a workshop where students learn to use a range of different tools.

Outdoor Education

All of our students participate in Outdoor Education regularly each week. This includes a minimum of one lesson (morning or afternoon), in the bush and our natural surroundings. This program develops self-esteem, team-work, resourcefulness, independence, leadership, co-operation, tolerance and determination. This programme is crucial in developing their skills, knowledge and awareness of the natural environment and their place within it.

Physical Education

Students learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes education on ensuring good health with physical activity, skills in various sports and activities. With a strong Phys-Ed program, students learn important skills in hand/eye coordination, as well as physical fitness. Regular participation in Inter-school events gives students an opportunity to compete with other schools, demonstrating integration and teaching sportsmanship.

Bible

Our Bible programme includes weekly Bible principles with lessons in Christian living. This includes in-class Bible reading and incidental lessons throughout wider curriculum. Our school programmes and curricula also give a wider reference to biblical principles and prayer is a part of our normal class timetable.

The Arts

At Heritage College Knox, the Arts programme includes Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, and Media Arts.The Visual Arts programme involves 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional work. Students learn to draw, paint, make prints and collage, along with other 2-D media techniques. Students also learn sculpture and other 3-D media. The music programme includes listening, performing and composing.

Our music lessons include classroom lessons, school choir, individual instrument training, singing and music lessons. Our school accesses specialist tutors for each part of this curriculum. Dance, Drama and Media Arts are covered incidentally in class and in specialist class settings. Students learn to write, rehearse and perform plays. These areas are also covered as a part of our Literacy programmes and during the music programme.

Languages

Students learn (Australian Sign Language) AUSLAN. This is taught by our qualified teachers and is included in the curriculum. Students learn the foundation skills of Communication and Understanding, which gives them a basis for communicating with a deaf person either in the workplace or social settings. Our students are enriched through the study of another language.

To enliven these values the Heritage College teaching and learning program incorporates:

  • A foundation that fosters Godly attitudes and values.
  • The needs and abilities of individual students
  • A composite class environment (2 – 3 academic year levels)
  • Meaningful evaluation and continuous individual student records
  • Relevant reporting to and communication with parents as learning partners.
  • Student participation in planning and learning goal setting
  • Access to creative and diverse learning experiences

Secondary Curriculum

English and Mathematics

Literacy and Numeracy are two core subjects that underpin all other learning. In both subjects we focus on supporting and/or extending students’ learning in the following ways:

Support – Our minimum expectation is that students are performing at the standard level and for those who experience difficulties, we offer extra support through a variety of ways such as 1:1 learning and individualised learning plans which are routinely modified as the student progresses.

Extension – Equally for those who excel in these areas we offer acceleration (working through the curriculum more quickly) and enrichment (broadening and deepening skills). Additionally, there are extra-curricular activities that students can be involved in to enrich their learning. In English this is achieved through debating and competitions; in Maths through the Australian Mathematics Competition, and other competitions and programs.

Bible studies

Secondary students study the Bible in two different ways:

1. Values – each week we focus on tenets of Bible teaching such as patience, forgiveness, honesty, courage, integrity and kindness. These are interwoven throughout the curriculum.

2. Weekly Bible Study period – students are encouraged to select from a variety of topics that peak their interest and corresponds with their level of Biblical knowledge.

We value the knowledge of the Bible as essential in helping young people make informed decisions about their relationship with God. As they grow older, it provides a basis for sound moral conduct.

Science

Science is a core subject that covers Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Geology. Our Science program is an exciting one with students actively conducting experiments and scientific inquiry on a weekly basis.

Outdoor Education

This includes camps, excursions to Sherbrooke Forest (and other areas) both for bush walking and working with the rangers. In Year 9, all our Year 9 students will participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. This involves a physical recreation challenge, skills and service along with an adventurous journey. Students in Year 10 and 11 will have the opportunity to complete the Silver and Gold award.

Humanities

This includes History, Geography, Economics, as well as Civics and Citizenship. The study of History at Year 7 and 8 is an exciting curriculum as we focus upon the ancient world. Geography and Economics offer a current world view and allow students to become better informed on the great battle that is waged between the planet and the economy.

We view Civics and Citizenship as an important subject to consider because a safe and thriving world comes from the quality of our citizens; people who put others first, who care for others. Students at Heritage College Knox are encouraged to look out for others and seek for the greater good.

The Arts

This includes Visual Arts, Art 2D and 3D.
In Year 7 and 8 all our students play an instrument as part of their music program.  We will be forming a class orchestra as we believe that one of the best ways to learn and appreciate music is to play an instrument. Music is well documented to enhance brain development, along with other skills such as regular practice, and the understanding that achievement comes from developing talent and hard work! Students will then have the opportunity at Year 9 to apply for a select entry music class which will offer even greater opportunities in performance and skill development.

Students study Art in Year 7 and Drama in Year 8.
Added to this there are many opportunities for students to participate in co-curricular activities – The School Production, Choir, Annual Concert Night and in 2021, for the first time ever, an Art Show showcasing our students’ work.

Technology

Technology is a long-standing tradition at Heritage where our students have been involved in Wood, Textiles, Information Technology and Food since the beginning of the school. That tradition continues and we have some exciting plans for Year 7 next year.

Students can also participate in the RACV Energy Breakthrough which is an interschool competition where students build a human powered vehicle and race it.

Information Technology at Year 7 will be a very practical course, intending to prepare our students for the rest of their secondary and tertiary years. This includes keyboarding (typing), familiarity with Office, Google and Apple suites, as well a cyber safety, and communication protocols.

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical education are vital in this somewhat sedentary world. Health and Human Development covers many of the physical changes that students will experience through the teenage years within a moral framework with which to guide their behaviour.  

Physical Education covers the major sports, teamwork and fitness. Students have opportunities to participate in interschool competitions in areas such as tennis, golf, netball, table tennis, soccer etc. This involves afterschool and lunchtime coaching and training. We also intend to focus on Basketball as our school sport and we are aiming to be very competitive at a state level in this area.

Languages

AUSLAN is continued with our secondary students. We are intending to offer a second language, and that is still under discussion. We will be consulting with parents further on this.

Love of Learning

At Heritage College Knox, we are serious about learning. One of our most fundamental beliefs is that learning is fun. We believe that there is nothing more fun than the glow of achievement that comes as we to learn to overcome a challenge, to persevere and succeed.  It can be difficult, there can be tears and frustration, but there is also joy – the joy of working together, the joy of creativity, the joy of celebration. At Heritage College Knox, we share that joy and that fun with our students.

Join our play group

Heritage College Playgroup operates from the College grounds every fortnight from 9:30 to 11:00am and is part of Playgroup Victoria. All are welcome as parents and caregivers are encouraged to be involved, play and have fun while helping to develop sharing, exploring, interaction and positive behaviour before children step into the formal school education environment. Information on playgroup dates are available by calling reception on 03 9739 8126.