Committed to living its vision and values Westbourne Grammar School’s shared philosophy rests on the foundation of a strong moral purpose. In understanding and acknowledging that variance within a school is typically greater than variance between schools, Westbourne recognises the value of a moral purpose based on the concept that ‘every child can succeed and achieve significant growth’.
It is this intention that sits at the heart of all that the school strives to achieve for each individual student. It is also at the heart of our broad strategic intent and educational philosophy which is founded on a common language of learning throughout the school. Through active application of the school’s vision and values through our policies, daily operations and practices, Westbourne Grammar’s philosophy is focused on creating a safe and supportive environment for the whole child in which each student can reach their full potential.
Westbourne Grammar School is characterised by its diverse community, which currently comprises students representing more than forty different nationalities and multiple faiths. Our value of community encourages respect and lies at the centre of how we engage with and care for each other inside and outside the classroom and, in a broader sense, with parents and the wider community. Respect for each other, our policies, the democratic principles of our country and the rule of law both reinforce and are fundamental to the school’s mission and values and apply equally to students and staff. In such a diverse community, religious freedom and tolerance are supported through open dialogue.
The school is committed to ensuring that its vision, mission and values are visible and lived through daily practices, while also used to guide our thinking and responses with respect to the ways in which we conduct teaching and learning for all students in our care.
Westbourne Grammar School supports and promotes the principles and practices of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:
the rule of law;
equal rights to all before the law;
freedom of religion;
freedom of speech and association; and
the values of openness and tolerance.
Shaping Learners Who Inspire the World.
An economically independent and vibrant community that consistently provides the highest standards of excellence and innovation within a stimulating and nurturing environment.
Recognising that actively building respectful and sustainable relationships with other human beings and with our planet builds strong social capital, which in turn, supports our wellbeing. In doing so we acknowledge our shared cultures and histories.
Encouraging behaviours which encompass notions of innovation, originality, liberation and generative problem-solving in all that we do.
Celebration of persistent learning at a high level and the pursuit of excellence. Understanding the importance of thinking routines, self-regulation and reflection.
Developing the capacity to question without fear. Understanding that ‘success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.’
Enactment of School Philosophy
Our philosophy, vision and values are visible through our teaching and care for students, underpinning the teaching and learning program, strategic intentions and governance decisions.
To ensure that current and prospective staff, students and parents understand the philosophy of our School, we publish this philosophy in our: