PARTNERSHIPS & PROGRAMS
Ballarat Grammar is proud of its partnerships, which all help us to deliver on our principles of being a locally and globally connected community. A deeper understanding of ourselves, each other and our community is the result. Below are just a few of our key partnerships and programs that help us all continue develping this understanding.
Round Square is a worldwide network of innovative schools that share a commitment to the educational principles of Dr Kurt Hahn. It offers a framework for excellence and continuous improvements as well as structured opportunities to collaborate and share experiences with like-minded peers from around the world. As a member school of Round Square, our students have access to an incredible range of learning opportunities – whether it be broadening their thinking at an International Round Square Conference, experiencing adventure through Service or exchange, and discovering a wider world through the Round Square network of schools.
International Baccalaureate World School
Ballarat Grammar is authorised as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School to deliver the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). IB World Schools share the common philosophy of a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Ballarat Grammar believes is so important for our students.
The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate positively in their own learning and engage with the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer both within and beyond the classroom.
THE PROGRAM OF INQUIRY
The Program of Inquiry presents schools with a comprehensive plan for high quality, internationally-minded education. Ballarat Grammar Junior School utilises the strong framework to deliver a rigorous and challenging curriculum, including all elements of the Australian curriculum, equipping students for successful lives based on five essential elements — knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. It aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for young learners.
Ballarat Grammar strives to ensure that our rich and diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history is embraced and celebrated. We aim to foster an enriched relationship between our whole school community and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We acknowledge the mutual responsibility shared between First Nation Australians and our community and aspire to create a culturally safe environment.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S INTERNATIONAL AWARD
The Award is a development program for young people which aims to empower them to explore their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world. Participants are supported to develop themselves in four areas: learning a new skill, improving their physical wellbeing, volunteering in their community, and experiencing a team adventure in a new environment.
The School’s Duke of Edinburgh Program Co-ordinator Jayne Craven says the program offers a real sense of achievement in activities that the participants choose. “It encourages independence and ongoing commitment. Ultimately, it broadens a student’s involvement and highlights their potential. I would like to see our students benefiting not only from their own personal growth, but also from building new friendships with other participants from both within our school and the local community. Participants come together regularly to share goals and offer support to each other.”DUKE OF ED WEBSITE