At Aitken College, our vision is to provide an environment in which students are able to achieve their potential; to expand their skills and intellect, to develop self-esteem and confidence, and to become a vital and compassionate member of the wider community.
Aitken College has a sound educational philosophy which ensures we provide a range of challenging and relevant learning experiences for each student, consistent with a commitment to a comprehensive curriculum and the full development of each student.
The programs of, and teaching in, Aitken College support and promote the principles and practices of Australian democracy including a commitment to: elected government, the right of law, equal rights for all before the law, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and association and values of openness and acceptance.
Aitken College is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making with zero tolerance for child abuse.
We are committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
Every person involved in the College has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
Continuity in the educational growth of students from Foundation to Year 12 ensures that new learning builds on an appropriate foundation of prior learning and experiences. Because learning occurs in many different ways, a variety of learning and teaching approaches are being used at all levels, within a caring and well-coordinated school environment which encourages effort and rewards achievement. Students are encouraged to be actively involved in their learning as they ask questions and seek answers, help to shape activities and programs at all levels, and participate in “hands-on” activities.
The College encourages all students to extend their range of learning experiences through the provision of appropriate extension material and open-ended activities. Students are encouraged to achieve at their highest possible level and to move beyond the constraints imposed by the year level structure. Our program helps each student to develop self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, and to practice leadership skills.
Consideration for the needs of others, and a respect for the environment, is encouraged at both a local and global level. Above all, we commend to our students the values which arise from the Gospel and the traditions of the Christian Church – values such as respect for oneself and others, a reverence for life, the development of personal honesty, integrity and self-discipline, acceptance and kindness.