Our commitment to knowing each boy and his learning needs, coupled with the use of various data and student tracking tools, allows quick identification of students who need extra support or challenges to enhance their learning.
With a strong focus on understanding and responding to the complex learning needs of boys our collaborative staff deliver embedded learning enrichment and extension programs for students across the College.
Gifted Education Program
We understand that gifted students require different opportunities to ensure that their intellectual, social and emotional needs are being meet. BBC staff have established an evidence-based model for the educational provision of our gifted students.
BBC’s Gifted Education Program responds to the diverse learning needs of our gifted students by implementing opportunities specifically designed to nurture their academic talents and further develop their skills through excursions, extension groups and participation in state and national competitions. This sits alongside the engagement and differentiation that our classroom teachers deliver on a daily basis.
Some examples of out-of-class enrichment opportunities offered as part of a specialised program include Opti-minds, da Vinci Decathlon, Ethics Olympiads, Future Problem Solving Program, Maths Olympiads and ICAS Mathematics, English and Science competitions.
There are many ways to reach a destination and our job is to support students who travel a different path. Working in collaboration with external professionals, including speech pathologists, educational psychologists, advisory visiting teachers, and drawing upon expert advice from current staff members, students are provided with strategies and resources to succeed in the classroom.
Highly qualified staff with extensive experience provide expert and on-going support to boys with learning or behavioural difficulties and physical disabilities, in collaboration with their teachers and parents.
Examples of learning enrichment programs include Technology for Independence, Lego Masters, supporting students who speak English as an additional language and connecting boys with student mentors to support positive social interactions.
The Arrowsmith Program is a cognitive program that offers students who have high intelligence but unrealised potential; a different pathway to try and overcome difficulties in traditional academic learning. BBC is one of only 15 schools in Australia, and one of 90 worldwide to offer the program.
At BBC, this classroom-based program is run by dedicated staff, trained specifically in the areas of education and neuroplasticity. It is delivered in an environment conducive to supporting boys to develop the cognitive tools required to become effective, confident and self-directed learners.