Our academic culture
A school’s academic culture is based on values, attitudes, norms, behaviours and traditions that are etched into the everyday operation of the school. The school’s values aim to give purpose, a sense of belonging to all students within the school and allow our students to achieve individual and collective success.
Bentleigh Secondary College generates a strong academic culture by:
- focusing on exemplary teaching and learning
- developing high quality teacher practice challenging and extending all students
- every teacher, student and parent, living the school values
- maintaining a positive belief that ALL students can learn given the appropriate time and support
- creating strong leadership that continually looks for improvement in the achievements of students and staff
- maintaining a physical environment that symbolises success and pride
- celebrating success.
What is an effective teacher?
At Bentleigh Secondary College an ‘effective teacher’ is able to demonstrate:
- knowledge of how students learn,
- knowledge of pedagogy and curriculum,
- a passion for life-long learning,
- the ability to engage all students in their learning, including those with special needs,
- links between the curriculum and future pathways,
- links between eCurriculum and future Pathways,
- high aspirations,
- positive classroom and student management skills,
- reflection and seeks feedback,
- the ability to build positive relationships,
- engagement in professional learning,
- professional behaviour at all times and a willingness to listen,
- provides timely feedback to students,
- celebration of success.
What is an effective student/learner?
An effective learner demonstrates the values of the school. An effective learner actively seeks positive change and personal growth to the best of his/her ability. An effective learner:
- values education,
- takes risks with learning and try something new,
- works with the teacher,
- is inquisitive,
- uses a range of strategies in their learning,
- relishes opportunities to learn,
- is prepared to learn,
- seeks and expect constructive and formative feedback,
- can work independently and as part of a team,
- completes work including homework,
- has aspirations for their future.