Since Billanook College was established in 1980, the school’s leaders have worked tirelessly to fulfil the vision of its founders: to educate for the future by providing students in Melbourne’s outer east with an outstanding, holistic education within a supportive, sustainable learning environment.
The College’s Board has identified three key pillars which are critical to the continued success of Billanook College.
Considered, strategic planning and foresight underpin the future of the College and its ability to continue as a leading provider of independent education in Australia. We are delighted to share key elements of the College’s future directions, including our new flat fee model, to be phased in from 2019.
A Future Focused Education – A Billanook Education
Students belong and thrive at Billanook, thanks to our strong sense of community, our focus on the whole child and our provision of personalised learning experiences, delivered through our unique emphasis on Mastery, Discovery and Journey learning in our curriculum. Our committed teachers encourage each student to explore their passions and to always strive for personal academic success.
Feedback from our community confirms the value of a Billanook education.
Capital Development Program- Billanook’s Learning Environment
We recognise the key role our buildings and spaces play in creating a positive, productive learning environment.
Our learning environment continues to evolve
Buildings and facilities play an important role in creating a positive, productive learning environment. Our approach to campus renewal is to evolve our facilities so as to provide our students with inspiring spaces that cater to a future-focused curriculum.
Thanks to careful and strategic leadership and planning Billanook College has been able to deliver several new and refurbished educational spaces including: Primary School/Junior Learning Centre/ELP (2010), College Gymnasium (2014), multi-purpose Discovery Learning Centre (2016) and, most recently, our Mastery Learning Centre (2017) which provides Middle School students with an architect-designed, open-plan precinct overlooking the College’s iconic Peace Sanctuary and creek.
Looking ahead, confirmed upgrades to Billanook College’s learning environment include:
• Extensive refurbishment of the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre support and extension education unit, as well as a new social Café Precinct (2018)
• The redevelopment of our Senior School to include purpose built- curriculum centre, incorporating varied study zones, tertiary-style learning spaces, with multiple breakout areas. (2020).
Upgrading the Billanook College learning environment is essential to meet the educational needs of our students, and to provide our teachers with resources and facilities that enable them to deliver relevant and contemporary programs.
A Sustainable Financial Future – Billanook’s New Fee Model
In 2019 the College Board is introducing changes to the fee schedule to support the Founding Families’ vision of providing a Billanook education to local families.
These fee changes will help to provide fee certainty for many of our current families, as well as offer greater opportunity for local families who are considering a Billanook education for their children.
In delivering on this commitment, the College’s fee model will be adjusted.
How are Billanook College’s school fees changing?
From 2019, fees for students in Years 5 to 9 will be flattened. In other words, the fee at each of these year levels will be the same. In 2019 the fee for students in Years 5 to 9 will be a flat $18,990.
From 2020, the flat fee model will be applied to Senior School fees for students in Years 10 to 12. In 2020, the Senior School fee for students in Years 10 to 12 will be a flat $24,925.
2021 and beyond- over the medium term, the gap between the Middle and Senior School fees will become less pronounced.
Please note: when referring to the ‘fees’, this includes tuition and composite fees
The fee amounts stated above are for the nominated years only. The College Board reviews the fees annually and advises families in advance of the fees (including flat fee amounts) for the following year.
Why is Billanook College changing its fee model?
We recognise the commitment and sacrifice made by parents in choosing to send their children to Billanook College. Our flat fee model has been designed to afford fee certainty and to assist families to plan for, and manage school fees.
What about fees for Early Learning and Prep to Year 4?
The College Board continues to review its fee model, including fees for Early Learning and Prep to Year 4. Any change to fees at these levels will be promptly communicated to College families.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
At Billanook College we strive to engage proactively with our community and to keep our community informed. If you would like further information, please contact: email@example.com
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