Curriculum

Our collective passion is teaching and learning and we aim for
excellence in all that we do. Learning programs at Highvale are differentiated, meaning each program is planned based upon the needs of our students and regularly adjusted to reflect the changing needs of each child. 
 
In each classroom, students work in small groups with peers of similar abilities so that they are all challenged to extend their learning every day in every classroom. All learners are encouraged to 'inquire', pose questions, investigate solutions, make choices, work collaboratively as well as independently and most importantly, they are encouraged to think more deeply for themselves.  
 
Each student has access to enrichment and support programs as well as extra-curricular activities. These include: G.A.T.EWAYS, Waverley Links Enrichment and Leadership Program, Instrumental Music and Band, Chess, Active Art, Active After School Community program, Reading Recovery and Bridges.

In the primary years, children need a sound start to their education in an environment where positive attitudes, self-esteem, a sense of achievement and a love of learning are established.

Our curriculum is based on the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) which aims to prepare young people for a world in which knowledge is highly valued and constantly changing. To be successful, young people need a broad range of knowledge and social, personal and thinking skills. The VELS provide a framework to help our students acquire these knowledge and skills.

VELS promotes learning in three inter-related strands. The content and skills covered in each of the strands are important to the development of well-rounded and confident young people. Learning that occurs within each strand includes:

Discipline Based Learning - Students learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours in English, Mathematics, Science and languages (Mandarin and German), Humanities and The Arts.

Physical, Personal and Social Learning - Students learn about themselves and their place in society. They learn how to stay healthy and active. Students develop skills in building social relationships and working with others. They take responsibility for their learning, and learn about their rights and responsibilities as global citizens.
 
Interdisciplinary Learning - Students explore different ways of thinking, solving problems and communicating. They learn to use a range of technologies to plan, analyse, evaluate and present their work. Students learn about creativity, design principles and processes.

Our curriculum is built around a focus on literacy and numeracy throughout the school. Children in years Prep to 4 are given at least two hours of uninterrupted literacy instruction and at least one hour of numeracy tuition daily.

All teachers at Highvale are committed to achieving the highest possible standards for every child in their classes. Consistently high results are verified through external measure systems such as national NAPLAN tests and the University of New South Wales English and Mathematics Competitions which cover all children in years 3 to 6. Our school council provides the funds to ensure that every Highvale student can be measured against external benchmarks.

Highvale is proud of its educational achievements.

All aspects of children’s development are fostered through the main features of Highvale’s comprehensive school program including:

  • Environment and sustainability education utilising our 'learnscape' including our onsite Sanctuary, Butterfly Trail and Resource Smart program.
  • Cultural awareness and global perspectives programs incorporating Mandarin and German as part of a multinational community
  • Performing and Visual Arts programs together with Instrumental Music and band
  • Modern technologies such as netbooks, iPads, interactive whiteboards, computers and the Digital Excellence program.
  • A wide range of sporting activities including year-round inter-school sport, Physical Education, an intensive swimming program, cross country, sports clinics and access to tennis coaching on courts adjoining the school
  • School camps