Billanook’s campus features a purpose-built learning support and enhancement facility, the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC).
The DPFC is staffed by specialists in Support Education who design and develop personalised education programs for students with a diverse range of special needs. The Centre operates on the basis that all children can learn and should be given the opportunity to maximise their learning potential.
Both in and out of the classroom, students come to see that learning is an engaging, practical, ever-changing, continuous process. They draw on knowledge from one discipline to solve problems in another; they apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations in school, at home and in the community. Students are encouraged to stretch themselves and to know the satisfaction of a job well done.
The DPFC also provides support to the teaching staff through provision of information regarding the specific educational and emotional requirements of students and how best to meet their needs.
Our aim is to mainstream all children where possible and to provide the necessary support to enable effective learning to take place.
Dimensions is the name given to the program that supports gifted and talented students at Billanook College. The College recognises that all children need educational opportunities congruent with their level of ability in order to explore their individual academic gifts and talents. To this end, a mixture of best practice programming options will be implemented for gifted and talented students, as well as high achieving students, which are appropriate for the individual’s skill and ability level, interest and readiness. The Dimensions Program has a full time staff member to work with highly able children from Prep to Year 12.
The Dimensions experience will be tailored to individual students and can include a combination of:
All faculties offer extension and enrichment programs across the year levels to cater for the needs of highly able students.
Billanook understands that giftedness may bring a number of rewards and difficulties for both parents and children. Parents are encouraged to contribute actively to the program and meet on a regular basis to share ideas.