Teaching and Learning
Beaumaris Secondary College encourages its students to strive for excellence in all their endeavours. We provide sequential teaching and learning programs that deliver a comprehensive, broadly based and culturally inclusive curricula in line with the F-10 Victorian Curriculum. We support the development of cognitive, intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies that enable our students to transfer what they have learned to new situations and new problems. By engaging in deep learning our students become creative, connected and collaborative problem solvers who gain knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and who can use contemporary digital technologies to enhance their learning.Curriculum Handbooks
Skills for the Future
We want our students to graduate as engaged global citizens armed with transferable skills.
Our students learn problem solving skills using Microsoft 21st Century Learning Design architecture and develop ‘learning-how-to-learn capabilities’ that enable them to thrive and contribute to ever-changing, new and challenging contexts.
The 21st Century Learning Design capabilities include:
- Knowledge Construction
- Real-world Innovation and Problem Solving
- Skilful Communication
- ICT for Learning
Project Based Learning
Project Based Learning (PBL) provides students with opportunities to discover passions and make connections through the process of meaningful inquiry.
We believe that problem solving is at the heart of learning, thinking and development. Our students are encouraged to be curious, ask questions and are taught how to engage in problems through PBL tasks.
Our expert teachers guide students to inquire, create and exhibit their understanding and knowledge. Through this process, students ask probing questions that link to their prior knowledge, engage in authentic problem solving individually or in groups and reflect on their learning.
Supporting Students with Additional Needs
The Department of Education and Training and Beaumaris Secondary College is committed to delivering an inclusive education system that ensures all students, including students with disabilities, have access to a quality education that meets their diverse needs. Beaumaris Secondary College provides suitable programs and resources to support the delivery of high-quality schooling for students with disabilities.
Beaumaris Secondary College provides a learning centred approach that is personalised to each student. The school identifies students requiring support through transition information, testing and information from students and parents. Students work with teachers to develop Individual Education Plans with personalised learning goals. Students on IEPs may have assessments modified by a reduction in the number or length of assessment tasks, the provision of extra time to complete work or the provision of individualised assignments.
Students on IEPs receive the full range of reports provided to other students, and meetings are held regularly to evaluate their progress and programs. The Victorian Curriculum Foundation Standards may be used for some students with special needs and on IEPs.
Educational Assistance Group Learning Enhancement (EAGLE) Program
The EAGLE program is a literacy program for students that is based on the explicit teaching of the alphabetic code. Instructors use a multisensory approach which involves the use of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning to enhance memory and knowledge of the written language. This form of instruction is referred to as MSL (Multisensory Structured Language). The aim of our program is to:
- To help students to decode
- To improve fluency and comprehension
- To build vocabulary and improve spelling
- To help students access texts
- To increase learning confidence
Students are selected for the program based on their individual learning needs. These needs may include a diagnosis of dyslexia, auditory processing, intellectual disability etc. Students who are referred to the program complete a phonics screener test and the Neale analysis of reading ability test. These results are used to determine student’s suitability for the program and to determine instructional groups. Students are currently withdrawn from sessions for 30 minutes once a week to receive additional support.
Flexible Learning Spaces
At Beaumaris Secondary College, we focus on providing the best possible environments for exciting and innovative education to take place. Our flexible learning environment promotes curiosity and freedom to engage with content in the way that best suits the students.
Our school has several diverse spaces including:
- collaboration areas
- casual learning spaces
- direct instruction spaces
- break-out spaces
- outdoor learning areas
These areas promote collaboration and encourage students to be active participants in the learning process, while allowing teachers to deliver flexible lesson content in various styles.
Spaces can be adapted to best suit the needs of our students. By connecting curriculum, technology and space, teachers can create learning areas that promote social learning and maximum engagement.
Please visit our Curriculum page for information on our core Learning Areas.