Kimberley College Ltd

Kimberley College Ltd
Kimberley College Ltd
Education-CARBROOK, QLD
Education-Carbrook, QLD
The elective Excellence Program also offers the following subjects: Volleyball, Netball, Futsal, Rugby League, Cricket, Public Speaking, Art, Manual Arts, Japanese, Sewing, Catering, Music P..
41 Kruger Road, Carbrook, Qld, 4130.
41 Kruger Road, Carbrook, Qld, 4130.
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The elective Excellence Program also offers the following subjects: Volleyball, Netball, Futsal, Rugby League, Cricket, Public Speaking, Art, Manual Arts, Japanese, Sewing, Catering, Music Production, Drama, Contemporary Dance and Ballet, Jazz and Tap Dance, Robotics, Mathematics and Electronics, and Biological Science. Opportunities to participate in Instrumental Music, Choir and the Musical are also available. Year 11 and 12 subjects are: O.P. Subjects - Art, Biology, Chemistry, Dance, Drama, English, English Extension, Film and Television, Graphics, Health Education, Legal Studies, Mathematics A, Mathematics B, Mathematics C, Modern History, Physical Education, Physics, Science 21, and Study of Society. Vocational Subjects - Business Studies, English Communication, Hospitality, Manual Arts, Media Studies, Prevocational Mathematics, Certificate III Fitness, Visual Art. Also offered – School-based apprenticeships, traineeships, TAFE courses and work experience.

Welcome to the Kimberley College website.  Below is a brief history of the school and the reasons for its multi-age structure.

I opened Kimberley Park State School in 1985.  A multi-age structure was established to ensure that children were taught according to individual needs rather than the date on their birth certificate.

To explain the above, the grade number of a child – e.g.  Grade 8 – is a better indicator of difference rather than sameness.  That is, in Grade 8, expect an eight year range in ability.  Some children will still have difficulty with reading, while others read as well as year 12 students.  The education system attempted to come to grips with this reality in the 1970's and 1980's.  Sadly enough, the defenders of the ‘one size fits all' teaching are now on the ascendancy, with their fanciful notions of returning to a Golden Age that never existed.  This retreat is being enforced through a national testing program, Naplan. Of  course, ‘all at once' teaching can be defended by the claim of teaching to the average child.  This defence is easily dismissed when it is pointed out that about 4 out of 30 children are average in most learning areas.  The question then arises: “What do you do with the other 26?”

Multi-age teaching is very demanding in terms of the teacher's time and energy.  It has also been proven to be very successful academically.

It is reasonable to assume that all children profit from teaching which is tailored to the individual ability of each child.

My days at my previous school, Kimberley Park State School, were marked by the often extraordinary results achieved by students.  Children achieved results in such competitions as Excellence Expo, the Queensland Mathematics Competition, Tidy Schools, Tournament of Minds and National Environmental Awards which may never by equalled.  The suggestion that a  high school could function equally as well was made by a parent in 1992 and an eight year campaign saw Kimberley College established in 2000.

Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time.
Best wishes,

Paul Thomson

PRINCIPAL

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