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From the Primary and Secondary Principals

As a College we know that the relationship and partnerships that are forged between home and the school are paramount to our success as parents and educators. We seek to maximise the teaching and learning opportunities for each child through creating and maintaining safe, happy environments where there is an atmosphere conducive to learning. For this reason we seek to encourage parents and staff to pursue effective ways of building and maintaining open lines of communication.

 

As a professional team of educators and administrators we are here to serve in an environment in which teachers have the opportunity to teach and students have the right to learn.  Our core values are synonymous with those of the wonderful families who have chosen to send their children to Geelong Baptist. As a community our commitment to the holistic development of each child; Academically, Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually is very important.

 

Geelong Baptist College is a growing community with approximately 300 students across the Primary and Secondary campuses.

 

We encourage all to see our educational community as “Two Schools yet One College” – a College in which students can journey from Foundation right through to graduation at the completion of Year Twelve. The benefit of an extended and personal journey of this nature cannot be underestimated. We are acutely aware that decisions about your child’s education are difficult to make yet are amongst the most important decisions you will make as a parent.

 

We invite you to visit us to consider embarking on the journey towards your child’s future together with us.

 

Primary Principal

Judy Sobey

Primary Principal

Neil Wetmore

Secondary Principal

 

Welcome

Geelong Baptist College

 

A Community of Care, Challenge and Achievement

 

Our GBC Logo:

Represents a bird soaring above water,

Expresses the idea that GBC is a place of learning for tomorrow and rising above the challenges of today.

 

GBC Motto: ‘LIVE THE TRUTH’

 

We value the teaching and training of students so that they will seek and live out the truth in their lives.

 

GBC Aim:

 

To be the school of choice for parents seeking education which offers value, quality, relevance, and challenges for their children

To be an outstanding, inclusive, and unique learning community, fostering individual gifts

To provide a ‘safe environment’ for all children

To build an environment of acceptance, compassion and concern

To provide  opportunities for academic, creative, artistic and sporting activities

To foster in each child a feeling of self-worth

 

Open Days:

 

Families are invited to attend the College's Open Days as outlined below but are welcome all year round; at Geelong Baptist College, "Every day is Open Day".

 

(i) Open Evening- Friday 23rd March 4:00pm- 6:30pm

(ii) Open Day - Tuesday 22nd May 9:00am-3:00pm
Information Session at 9:15am.

(iii) Open Day- Friday 31st August, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Information Session at 9:15am

 

Currently, vacancies exist for all year levels in 2018. For general enrolment information and specific subject availability in Secondary, please contact our Registrar for an information pack or to book an interview.

 

College Tours Available

Meet our staff and students

 

Download the 2018 Parent Handbook (1.15Mb)

 

 

College

 

College Board

College Board

The major duties of the Board include:

To govern the College.

The Board has the authority when it meets to make decisions on behalf of the College.

The Board provides the vision of providing an education of high academic standard that draws it interpretive framework from the Christian faith.

To appoint Christian staff to the College.

To appoint an Auditor to audit the accounts of the College each year.

 

The Board consists of:

Executive Chairman

Mr Mike Smith

Secretary

Mrs Maryann Malzer

Treasurer

Mrs Wendy Taylor

Board Member

Mr David Darling

Board Member

Mr Keiran Graham

Board Member

Mr Justin Hearn

Board Member

Mr Darren Smith

 

College Philosophy

College Philosophy

Geelong Baptist College is committed to the following principles as outlined in the College aims, motto and core values. The College Affirmation is an amalgamation of these principles.
 
Purpose

At Geelong Baptist College we are genuinely interested in the well-being of each student and our aim is to see students reach their full potential academically, physically and spiritually. It is our hope that every student will be exposed to a wide range of educational experiences whilst at the College. Students will be encouraged to use every opportunity to develop their skills and talents in a safe and caring environment.

 

Throughout their time at the College, students will be exposed to new challenges and new expectations will be placed upon them. It is important for students to receive a well-balanced education and to be challenged both within the classroom academically as well as outside the mainstream classroom. These opportunities and challenges are designed to build character and help to develop students for the world outside the College.

 

Ethos

The College community is committed to the development of the whole person: physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. The College promotes a positive, supportive and cooperative environment that recognises and accepts individual differences.

The College aims to prepare each student to be a well balanced citizen with an enquiring mind, healthy body and spiritual awareness. The College recognises that not every student will move towards this goal at the same pace and they will have individual needs along the way. The College aims to be supportive for all students regardless of their race, gender, age, academic or social ability.

The staff at the College endeavour to ensure that students learn and develop in a safe environment, free from disruptive behaviour hindering their learning and progress. The fundamental right of every College community member to teach and learn free from distraction is upheld through the Behaviour Management System.

Staff are responsible for the development of teaching programs which are inclusive of varied learning levels and learning styles. Teachers are also responsible for the development of critical thinking skills amongst the students.

The establishment of a well defined Behaviour Management system is dependent on all members of the College community. Students are expected to behave in accordance with this system at all times and are constantly reminded of its basic tenets through the College Affirmation. A system of rewards for their positive behaviour is in place. Teachers are expected to uphold the Behaviour Management system and parents are encouraged through regular communication and feedback to work towards the same goals.

 

Geelong Baptist College identifies individual outcomes for students that include:

     ·      Students are confident, self-reliant and independent

·      Students are positive learners

·      Students are educated in selecting appropriate behaviours

·      Students are supported in selecting appropriate behavioural choices through strategies and structures including mentoring and counselling

·      A clear set of guidelines is provided for dealing with student behaviour

·      Regular communication with parents enables support from home as well as the College

·      Restitution is an acceptable and appropriate behaviour choice

·      Students understand that they are not targeted for poor behaviour choices and that one discipline has been applied, the matter is finished

·      Students are given opportunity to learn to develop in their spiritual awareness

·      Students are encouraged to develop their skills and talents through attempting new subjects and challenges

·      Students are encouraged in their intellectual endeavours and are encouraged to strive for excellence in all that they attempt

·      Students affirm the dignity and worth of all people regardless of gender, race, age or other differences

     ·      Students strive to be inclusive and open in their dealings with others

 

The College is committed to excellence in all aspects of this vision. The College philosophy, where quality is not achieved by chance, anchors the writing and conduct of policies and procedures aimed at the achievement of providing a safe, caring and positive environment in which all students have the opportunity to develop physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.

The College encourages hospitality as an action that values people not just as a social protocol. This practice of hospitality educates staff and students in the essential actions of courtesy and respect that should be extended not just towards outside visitors to the school but also to all members of the College community. Manners, respectful speech and courtesy are an expectation at the College and as such help to build a welcoming atmosphere and underpin many of the positive aspects of the College culture.

Our Mission

Our Mission

COLLEGE MISSION

The College provides opportunities for students to maximise their potential; personally and academically.

The College aims to develop in students, and to deliver to society young people who have:-

              

  • Discernment:

The ability to discern what is good, having developed the knowledge and skills to commit themselves to action for a better society.

 
  • Character:

The ability to demonstrate initiative, self discipline, integrity and compassion in their life style. The ability to withstand peer, and other pressures, demonstrating resilience.

     

  • Success:

That students are prepared to work hard, and to strive for success in personal life, in further education and in employment.

 

  • Faith:

That students have had the opportunity to discover the truth of the Gospel of Jesus as well as the nature of God. That students may choose to have a relationship with Him, living in the service of God.

 

 

COLLEGE VALUES

We believe that schooling should be a positive, engaging experience where every student can explore and develop their individual abilities in a safe and challenging environment.            

 

What can be expected at Geelong Baptist College:

 

  • High standards in education and a wide range of courses
  • Emphasis on the individual
  • Strong pastoral care and discipline
  • Traditional family values and quality relationships
  • Preparation of students for entry and success into employment, university or further education
  • Opportunities for parent participation in the College community
  • Skilled Christian teachers committed to student success
  • Students contributing to and serving community needs through fundraising, social action and leadership

 

Download explanation of College Affirmation here

College Aims

Based on the model that has been so effectively developed in all Baptist Colleges, Geelong Baptist College seeks to achieve four foundational aims.

Our Mission

 

Sports Highlights

GISSA Winter competition.

Year 7/8 boys and girls compete against other Geelong schools in AFL and netball.

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College Values

The core values that surround the main principles of Geelong Baptist College are: Care, Challenge and Achievement.

 

Our Mission

 

Literacy

There is a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy to prepare students to take advantage of the great opportunities that lie ahead.... read more

 

College Affirmation...

I have a right to learn free from distraction.

I have a right to feel safe.

I always work to the best of my ability.

I treat everyone around me courteously and with respect.

I show courage when I attempt new things and I don’t give up easily.

I believe the best of myself and others.

I am the winner I was created to be.