Ballarat Clarendon College
About Ballarat Clarendon College
Ballarat Clarendon College – where learning comes first
Throughout a student’s time at Ballarat Clarendon College our focus is to maximise their competence, skills and capacity so that, at the end of their time at the school, when they stand on the threshold of their future, they can choose their ‘heart’s desire’.
At Ballarat Clarendon College, we value learning as the key attribute of developed individuals and communities. Students – their growth and achievement – are our work. As a school, we believe that student wellbeing and self-efficacy are about earning and progress. Each student must be deeply engaged in their learning and understand that how they think and behave affects their potential for optimum development. We work to support students to determine ambitious and achievable goals and to use challenges and setbacks as opportunities for learning. We work to support students to believe that, with proper instruction, support and coaching and with persistence and effort, they can make optimum progress in whatever they choose to do in life. At Clarendon, we believe that students can only make optimum progress in an environment in which they are encouraged and supported by those around them.
In order for the students to make optimum progress, the most important resource is the quality of the teaching. It is our responsibility to ensure that every opportunity for learning, in every context, for every student, is maximised, directed and supported. Clarendon is committed to continuous improvement in teaching practice. To deliver on this commitment, significant resources are allocated to both maintaining an exemplary standard of practice and to the identification and implementation of evidenced-based teaching approaches proven to be the most effective in improving student learning outcomes.
The curriculum provides students with diverse opportunities: from physical fitness and team sports, musical ensembles and theatrical productions to international study tours to Boston, San Francisco and London and involvement in local and overseas service activities, particularly our support of St Barnabas Health Centre in Papua New Guinea.
Clarendon is a co-educational day and boarding school, enrolling students from Early Learning to Year 12. There is a Junior (ELC to Year 4) campus, a Years 5 to 8 Middle School, a Years 9 and 10 School and Years 10 to 12 Senior School located in Ballarat and a campus on King Island, where Year 9 students spend part of their year.
As a Uniting Church school, engagement with values-thinking and personal ethics is built through attendance at Chapel and regular time spent with Learning Mentors and House Teachers.