Good Schools Spotlight: Aitken College

Aitken College is an independent co-educational school in association with the Uniting Church, providing a quality education in a caring and supportive community, emphasising academic achievement, creativity, environmental responsibility and service. The attractive 18-hectare rural setting features sports facilities including gym, hard courts and grass and synthetic playing fields; a modern chapel and performing arts centre; science laboratories; specialist facility for design, digital and food technology; visual arts and media; farm area for agricultural programs and the Kitchen Garden Centre. A new upper Primary facility is scheduled to open early 2022. There are separate schools for Prep to Year 2, Years 3 to 6, Years 7 to 9 and Years 10 to 12. 

The academic program includes an emphasis in early years on literacy and numeracy, plus specialist programs in visual arts, physical education, performing arts and languages. The secondary years include core studies in English, mathematics, science, humanities, physical education, technology and Indonesian; and a broad elective program including music, drama, art, media, digital and design technologies, food studies, outdoor and environmental studies and commerce. 

Senior students undertake VCE and VCAL programs with study skills and careers education. Recently, about 90 per cent of Year 12 graduates were offered a tertiary education place. VCAL students also participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program. 

Students in Years 4, 7 and 9 attend a camp and Year 12s commence their final year with a Learning Conference. Year 8s attend a City Experience program. 

Religion and Values Education from Prep to Year 10 is complemented by a weekly chapel service. Students can access welfare support, the Learning Centre for special needs and a wide range of co-curricular activities, including extension programs, sport and performing arts. Interschool sport is optional for students and is offered from Years 5 to 12. 

Students from Years 3 to 9 use individual iPads to access the My Aitken learning portal and as a learning tool in all subject areas.  Students in Years 10 to 12 use iPads or Laptops. All students also have access to IT laboratories equipped with PCs and Mac workstations. Lower primary students use class sets of iPads. 

The college features its own water supply, extensive solar panels, wetlands and native gardens, and has been rated highly as an environmentally sustainable school. 


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