Baden Powell College is a two-campus college consisting of Derrimut Heath Primary School and Tarneit Prep-Year 9. Derrimut Heath Primary School opened in 1992, is located thirty kilometers west of the GPO in Hoppers Crossing and has a current enrolment is 327 students from Prep to Year 6.
In 2008, Tarneit Prep-Year 9 opened and caters for students from Prep to Year 9 and is located at Baden Powell Drive, Tarneit. The Tarneit campus operates in a climate of rapid growth and has a current enrolment in excess of 900 students. The design of the Tarneit campus is innovative with large flexible learning and teaching spaces. A commitment to team work is essential.
Our college is very proud of its practical, functional buildings and well-maintained grounds. It is also an active member of the local community of schools in the Wyndham network with several members of staff involved in educational activities beyond the College.
Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our school actively promotes the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including the child safe standards. Our Child Safe Policy and Child Safety Code of Conduct reflect our commitment to the safety of all our students.
Our college community values education and shares a common vision of quality education for all students. We are committed to providing students with the skills, knowledge and values necessary to be effective members and leaders of our society. Our mission is to educate our community through the provision of leading edge educational services, products and practices. Our motto is Looking Forward, Staying Ahead.
A dynamic leadership, and a team of dedicated and innovative staff, facilitate a balanced curriculum. Teachers provide a rich, student centered, integrated curriculum with daily programs dedicated to literacy and numeracy development and weekly programs in The Arts, Physical Education, Technology, LOTE (Italian) and Information Literacy. The learning needs of all students is provided through the implementation of a highly effective and efficient Program for Student with Disabilities, Language Support, and Individual Learning Plans. The College is now involved in the Positive Behaviors Program, implements the CASEA Program and has a commitment to a restorative justice approach to student management. We are a Lead School in the Respectful Relationships Program, and we were a Pilot School working with Deakin University in the development of Intercultural Relations as a School Program.
There has also been a commitment to empower the whole school community to access, effectively utilize and embrace ICT.
At Baden Powell College, students are provided with a range of opportunities where they can develop and practice leadership skills within and beyond the school. The College has a partnership with local Rotary clubs who provide support to Student Leadership programs ‘Interact’ and ‘Earlyact’. A team of School Captains and Vice-Captains, Sports Captains and Class Captains as well as Student Councilors and Peer Mediators, ensure that they represent the ideas and aspirations of their peers. Our student-centered curriculum ensures all students have opportunities to achieve their personal best.
The college sets high expectations for all of the community including teachers, students and parents and is reflected in the college code of conduct. The introduction of the Peer Mediation Program has supported students in our goal for our schools to be a happy, safe environment for all students with a zero tolerance policy and Restorative Justice Culture. We have achieved accreditation through an extensive audit of our policies and procedures conducted by AMAZE the peak body concerned with raising the profile and awareness of all people with Autism.
The college community supports the development of a positive school image throughout the wider community. Parent involvement is reflected in classroom programs, curriculum resourcing, active involvement in school council, committees and parent club activities. The school provides Out of Hours School Care Service for parents, Early Years Training, Information Evenings, parent teacher interviews and informative newsletters to assist in the development of a connected community College concept. Compulsory school uniform is required at both the Derrimut Heath and Tarneit Campus. Student Council meets with senior staff members regularly. College Council meets every third Tuesday of each month. Parents and Friends meet on the second Tuesday of each month.
Our focus at all times is on the individual development of each student, with a commitment to positive reinforcement and celebration of his or her success. We believe that children progress through developmental learning stages when certain conditions of learning and basic needs are met. In the learning environment, children are immersed in a range of meaningful experiences guaranteed to facilitate ongoing educational development.