Our students will live and work in a world that will depend on their readiness to assess new ideas and adapt to change with energy and confidence. These attitudes flourish when achievements are valued by staff, students and families. 'Working together' is an important aspect of life at PLC.
Reggio Emilia Philosophy
In the Early Learning Centre, the natural curiosity of the girls and boys is nurtured and stimulated in an environment that owes much to the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The excitement of discovery is shared and celebrated as children make sense of another part of their world. This approach to teaching and learning - one that stimulates exploration and develops independence - supports and extends the academic development of students at each level through to Year 12.
Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Establishing the basis for sound literacy and numeracy skills is fundamental to the Junior School curriculum. A rich academic program that encourages all students to develop as confident learners enhances the consolidation of these critical foundations. Art, Computing, Drama, French, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science and Social Studies also have an important place in the total program of each girl.
The importance of strong foundations is further acknowledged in the Senior School curriculum. From Years 7 to 10, each student follows a broad core curriculum that includes a choice of languages. Electives at Years 9 and 10 allow students to pursue individual interests. When a student comes to make her course selection for Years 11 and 12, she has the option of all subject groups offered within either the Victorian Certificate of Education or the International Baccalaureate. Many VCE students will accelerate their studies, either within the VCE itself or by taking a university subject in Year 12.
The formal academic structure is just one of the factors that underpins the academic achievements of our students. Right from the start, different learning strategies are built into the curriculum. Thinking skills and reflection, co-operative learning, organisational strategies, the considered use of information technology, excursions and visiting artists and speakers, take learning into both familiar and new contexts. Special programs, and specialist staff, work with students in both Junior and Senior Schools. Extension and enrichment for highly able students in academic and creative areas support programs in literacy and numeracy, and research and study skills help students to develop their potential. A dynamic program of extensions inclduing national and international competitions, Chess, Future Problem Solving, Mathematics Olympiad and competitions across a range of subjects give students the opportunity to explore new options and learn more about their interests and abilities.
The success of academic programs relies on skilled, professional staff who encourage each girl to explore her potential in an environment where expectations of success are regarded as normal and where learning support is readily provided.