In 2021 Baden Powell College’s enrolments consist of students who were born in 40 different countries and speak 59 different languages. We have students of more than 20 different religions.


Students are considered to speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) if a language other than English is the main language spoken at home. Many of our students have one or more parent or caregiver who speaks a language other than English at home.

  • 728 students have one or both parents who speak a language other than English at home.
  • 468 students do not speak English at home
  • 85% of our EAL students are at Tarneit Campus
  • 15% of our EAL students are at Derrimut Heath Campus


The top eight languages other than English spoken at home are:

  • Arabic
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
  • Dinka
  • Samoan
  • Somali
  • Telugu
  • Tamil


The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Team work across both campuses and consist of two Teachers and two Multicultural Education Aides.


We support our students’ English learning through intensive English language sessions designed to enhance reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. We run culturally inclusive events and programs, celebrating the diversity of our school community.


Some of our recent programs include:

  • Library of Languages (bi-lingual books for all to borrow and enjoy) and Translation Workshops
  • Information Mornings for EAL families
  • Cultural Celebrations calendar
  • Family Learning Homework Club for prep-2 EAL students and their families
  • Annual Harmony Day celebrations
  • Annual Refugee Week learning opportunities and celebrations
  • Grand friends visit to local retirement village
  • Annual ‘Around the World with Food’ Calendar (with Food Tech department)
  • Aussie Welcome Group for students newly arrived in Australia


Acknowledgments & Partnerships

In 2018 Baden Powell College was nominated for the 2018 Multicultural Awards for Excellence under the category ‘Education and Early Childhood award.’ We have also been acknowledged as a an example of Good Practice by Foundation House.


We work together with a number of community organisations in the cultural and linguistically diverse field, providing our students and teachers with resources within and beyond the school context.

Please view our video to learn more about our EAL program