When children enrol at Geelong Baptist College they become part of a community spanning prep to year 12 and beyond.
The college is one big “family”, according to primary principal Judy Sobey.
“The secondary students are always mixing with primary students,” she says.
“We do a lot of collaborative activities, whether it’s cooking or excursions. When they’re on excursions it’s like having an older brother or sister with them.”
Combining secondary and primary students on one campus has other benefits.
“It can be daunting for adolescents starting year seven but we have a seamless transition from primary to secondary school,” Judy says.
The college promotes self-worth to help ensures each child reach their full potential.
The 300-plus studens enjoy academic, creative, artistic and sports opportunities.
“We’re a smaller independent school, so we know our students well and value their individuality,” Judy says.
“And our staff and chaplains are always there for them.“
Many parents find the school’s consistent but compassionate discipline system reassuring, Judy says.
“They know their child is safe.”