EDUCATIONAL AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Adapted to meet the Melbourne Declaration
Rivermount College is a non-denominational Christian Primary and Secondary school with the Bible being the integrating factor in all areas of learning and activities, recognising that God is the giver of all truth. The skills and the attitudes of the students are developed and used for the glory of God and for service to others. This involves the development of a Christian world view that equips students to live an authentic Christian life in the context of Australian society.
The College, therefore, aims to educate the whole person, that is to integrate the spiritual, mental, physical and social aspects of training from a Biblical perspective. The College aims to be an extension of the Christian home to assist parents to give their children a well-balanced education and upbringing.
More specifically the aims and the objectives of the College are:
1. Spiritual Development
The College seeks to:
- Provide opportunities for all students to assess the place and significance of Christianity in human life, facilitating the development of a Biblical faith by which to live.
- Provide opportunities for students to develop firm convictions by helping them to understand the moral and spiritual conditions of modern society, and making them aware of the importance of Christian beliefs and values in the constructive resolution of human problems.
- Provide opportunities to participate in the College worship services and other Christian churches.
2. Academic Development
The College aims to:
- Provide all students access to high quality education necessary to enable the completion of school education to Year 12 or its vocational equivalent and that provides clear and recognised pathways to employment and further education and training.
- Meet the learning outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students with appropriate learning support programmes
- Develop the intellectual potential of young people so that every student will achieve his or her best.
- Develop academic integrity, respect for truth, openness to reality, the opportunity to demonstrate initiative and develop creativity and other scholarly virtues.
- Develop in students the ability to think effectively, to communicate thought, to make relevant judgements, and appraise alternative viewpoints in an open and tolerant manner and in obedience to the Bible, recognising the pursuit of excellence as integral to instruction in godliness.
- Provide equal opportunities for students to achieve understanding in the main areas of human knowledge and to achieve a level of mastery commensurate with their own abilities and with the particular stage of development they have reached.
In particular to develop in students:
- The skills of English literacy, including skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing;
- skills of numeracy and other mathematical skills;
- The capacity to be confident, creative and productive users of new technologies, particularly information and communication technologies, and understand the impact of those technologies on society
- An understanding of the role of science and technology in society, together with scientific and technological skills;
- A knowledge and appreciation of Australia's historical and geographical context;
- An understanding and appreciation of Australia's system of government and civic life;
- A knowledge of languages other than English;
- An appreciation, understanding of and confidence to participate in, the creative arts;
- An appreciation of and concern for, balanced development of the global environment; replace this aim with - an understanding of, and concern for, stewardship of the natural environment, and the knowledge and skills to contribute to ecologically sustainable development and
- A capacity to exercise judgement in matters of morality, ethics and social justice.
3. Physical Development
The College aims to:
- Develop the physical capabilities of each student to the optimum level;
- Provide a comprehensive range of recreational and sporting activities which will develop skills and interests which enable students to make optimum use of available leisure time during their school and effective later adult life; and
- Develop a positive attitude to fitness, hygiene, health and maintenance of physical well-being by providing experiences that enable students to: choose behaviours which promote a healthy lifestyle;
- Make informed rational decisions as to their involvement in skilful physical activities; and develop, through the rigorous demands of sport and physical training, discipline, confidence, fairness and other positive character traits necessary in the pursuit of excellence.
4. Social and Emotional Development
The College aims to develop the individuality of each student as a unique person gifted by God by providing opportunities to:
- Develop in students feelings of sensitivity, appreciation of beauty and goodness, compassion and service to others;
- Make informed rational decisions as to their involvement in skilful physical activities; and
- Create in students an awareness of the need for discipline and correction in an atmosphere of love and understanding, recognising the right of a student to be respected as a person who has the responsibility to respect authority of parents, school, church and state.
- Develop a comprehensive pastoral care and co-curricular program which will contribute to the personal development of each student by providing opportunities to promote meaningful social relationships which will enhance in students the development of self-confidence, optimism and self-esteem.
- Assist students to achieve their full potential using their God-given talents, skills and abilities in order to:
- Respond to the current and emerging economic and social needs of the nation
- To provide those skills which will allow students maximum flexibility and adaptability in their future employment and other aspects of life
- Provide appropriate vocational education and training programs as part of their senior Middle & Senior studies to achieve effectively the transition from school to work and participate in programs of vocational learning during the compulsory years
- To promote in students a love of learning and workmanship and a desire to continue learning beyond the formal completion of their Middle & Senior schooling.
- Develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and values which will enable students to participate as active and informed citizens in our democratic Australian society within an international context.
- Assist students to appreciate the richness and diversity of their cultural heritage, including the particular cultural background of Aboriginal; and minority ethnic groups.
Promote a close relationship with the local community by:
- Promoting the active role of parents in the education of their children and to provide a high correlation between home and school values;
- Fostering genuine human relationships among students, staff, parents and other community members associated with the College;
- Promoting citizenship and responsibility by encouraging students to be actively involved in their local church and community activities; and making available to the local community the physical resources of the College, particularly for the use of the under-privileged youth and Aboriginal population of the area.
Revised May 2010 incorporating the Melbourne Declaration