Student Life

Our Philosophy

Learning at Bishop Druitt College is founded on Anglican values that include integrity and inclusivity. Our philosophy aims to be student-centred, respectful, courageous, generous and just. We encourage opportunities for students to realise their learning potential by aspiring to high educational standards.

'We endeavour to support students to develop the qualities of independence and self-discipline that build their capacity for lifelong learning.'

Experiential Learning

Learning should be innovative, adaptive, resourceful and collaborative. This supports our community as we strive to produce world prepared graduates.

Experiential and inquiry learning are the foundation stones of the culture of learning at BDC. We believe that learning requires active participation in the educational process. 

Flagship Academic Programs
Cultures of Thinking

Cultures of Thinking, a project of Harvard University, reflects global research around the values, attitudes and skills needed for 21st-century learning. This program extends across all year levels and courses and focuses on critical thinking and problem solving, independent learning and collaboration.

Growth Mindset - Best Self

Psychologist Carol Dweck used the term 'growth mindset' to encapsulate the idea that if students believe they can become smarter then they will invest the extra time and effort to produce higher levels of achievement. 

Educational psychologist Andrew Martin concludes that this approach personalises success and makes it achievable for all students.

Walker Learning Approach

This approach is based upon decades of research about play-based and personalised learning and social constructivism. It is not a program. It is a total approach to teaching and learning which combines the need for children to be active participants in their own learning through hands-on, creative exploration and investigation, which sits alongside formal or explicit instruction.

Walker Learning views the child holistically and values emotional and social life to be as important as the academic.

Multisensory Structured Language

MSL is an approach that explicitly teaches handwriting, phonics, decoding, encoding and reading. It uses phonemic awareness and consolidation, and stores understanding in the long term memory. It achieves this through a multisensory (visual-auditory-kinaesthetic) approach. 

Bishop Druitt College has committed to ensuring that all teachers in Stages 1 & 2 are trained in MSL and that at least one teacher in each year level in Stage 3 is trained. 

The Talk for Writing Approach

Talk for Writing is a teaching and learning methodology that is multisensory and engaging for students. Academic research suggests that students learn language through memorable and meaningful repetition. The Talk for Writing approach enables students to internalise the language of story so that they can imitate it, innovate and then create their own effective stories independently.

'Our philosophy aims to be student-centred, respectful, courageous, generous and just. We encourage opportunities for students to realise their learning potential by aspiring to high educational standards.'
The Kaizen Initiative

Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning 'continuous improvement'. Based on our own in-house research and student voice, we understand that our students are looking for autonomy, choice, challenge, mentoring, leadership and collaboration. 

The Kaizen Initiative offers a unique multi-age (Years 5 - 8) experience for the students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills. In recent years, students solve problems related to fields of study such as robotics, film making, marketing, philosophy and solar energy. 

World Options

World Options is a BDC curriculum project targeting our Year 9 & 10 students. It provides students with greater voice and choice in their academic programs, with three elective lines being semesterised. This means that over the two years of Stage 5 our World Options students will have access to 12 exciting short courses. 

This bespoke education will adapt over time to continually meet the needs of our learners. The academic staff at BDC are very excited with this innovative curriculum change. 

Mathematics Pathways

Traditionally in schools it has been extremely difficult for one teacher to cater to the learning needs of all the individual students. As a result, not every student has experienced success in mathematics, with many students finding it particularly stressful or difficult. 

Our teaching team has worked very hard to change that, by changing the structure of our mathematics curriculum and implementing the Mathematics Pathways approach. Instead of all students learning the same topic at the same time, each student will focus on only what they are ready to learn. This is in line with the 'growth mindset' principles and means that every student can experience success in mathematics.

Flexible Learning Spaces

Classrooms and other learning spaces need to support students and teachers in whatever activity is undertaken, acting as a catalyst for learner engagement. Bishop Druitt College continuously strives to develop spaces for multi-modal learning. 

Current research considers there to be eight major learning modes. These are: collaboration, demonstration, discussion, experiential, explicit learning, feedback and reflection, guided learning, and independent learning. Flexible learning spaces support learning regardless of the mode undertaken.

Academic Support
Support for High Performing Students

Support for high performing students takes different forms throughout the college. Enrichment, extension, acceleration and streaming programs exist in different learning areas throughout the college. These are designed to cater to specific needs. 

Multiage learning opportunities exist through the Kaizen Initiative in Years 5 - 8. 

Our High Performance Program also supports the academic programs of our students through individual case management with flexibility in assessment and attendance due to sporting or performing arts representation.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a range of co-curricular activities that promote opportunities for enrichment and extension such as debating, Mock Trial, the Science and Engineering Challenge, the da Vinci Decathlon, the Philosothon, and various formal academic competitions.  

Support for Learning

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) acknowledges the neurodiversity of all learners. It is responsible for the support of any students, but particularly students with diverse learner profiles that may include strengths, learning challenges and the gifted and talented. This support may include:

  • Assisting the identification of students' learning profiles
  • Developing, implementing and reviewing individual education plans (IEPs)
  • Small group intervention including explicit teaching
  • In-class support
  • Supporting students and teachers in the identification and implementation of appropriate adjustments and accommodations for access to curriculum and assessment 
Library & Information Services

Our library and information services staff promote and support independent and resource-based learning from K - 12 through our well-resourced primary and secondary libraries and our senior study area. Our comprehensive text and ebook fiction collections underpin literacy education across the college.

The library provides individual assistance and extensive online services that aim to support students with every aspect of their reading, research and assignment preparation. Extended library hours each school day and in the holiday periods assist in catering for the needs of senior students.

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