Cornish's unique learning environment and well-rounded education ensure students become the best people they can be. Our expert teachers design curriculum to challenge the education system and shape future leaders.
This curriculum is powerful, with a focus on academic achievement and generating rich understandings and creativity. Through inquiry-based learning, we combine subject-specific knowledge with valuable skills that enable students to learn beyond the classroom. Our well-rounded approach ensures students will be leaders through future socio-cultural, economic, technological and environmental challenges.
We educate for a sustainable future, embedding sustainability in all of our teaching and cocurricular activities. We do this through our Rings of Sustainability, which underpin our curriculum and focus on natural, personal, socio-cultural and urban/technological sustainability. Everything we do supports one of our rings, helping students to understand their learning in a local, regional and global context and how they can make a difference to a sustainable world.
At Cornish College, our educational philosophy is based on the following core tenets:
• A vision for the whole community of sustainable living based around our four Rings of Sustainability (personal, socio-cultural, urban/technological, natural dimensions)
• Emphasis on creativity and the development of thinking skills
• Curriculum to cater for different learning styles
• Strong emphasis on building foundation skills for learning through structured inquiry
• Children and staff work together collaboratively in a team structure
Overarching everything is our motto 'Make A Difference'. Students from the Early Learning Centre to Year 12 learn compassion and empathy, and are challenged to make choices that will have a positive impact on the world. By developing the whole child, we create entrepreneurial thinkers, problem "identifiers" and problem "solvers" and leaders who can truly make a difference within their community and globally.
Located on 100 acres of natural parkland, Cornish College provides a unique learning environment.
The College has excellent primary and secondary facilities, an internationally-recognised Early Learning Centre, and a new Senior Studies Centre, which provides an environment for powerful learning, suited to the demands for global competencies while maintaining a connection with our beautiful grounds for student wellbeing.
Classrooms at Cornish are not bound by traditional walls, and our “100-acre classroom” is used to its maximum potential as a learning space. Our award-winning EcoCentre allows students to learn and create outdoors while building their knowledge base around sustainability, animals, food production and the use of recycled materials, with facilities including an aquaponics area, enclosures for chickens, ducks and guinea fowl, an orchard and beehives. These outdoor facilities are often integrated with classroom learning, such as the EcoKids program, which covers a kitchen-garden experience, nature pedagogy and sustainability.
Cornish College's Early Learning Centre (ELC) is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for children from 3 to 5 years of age.
Our indoor and expansive outdoor ELC learning environment is strongly influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach, the Early Years Learning Framework, nature pedagogy and International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which encourages inquiry-based learning.
Our ELC values and respects children, their families and staff, and provides a foundation for young children to become responsible citizens of the world, fostering self-esteem, resilience, reflection, imagination, curiosity and the motivation to become a lifelong learner.
The Cornish College primary team provides an excellent educational program for students from Prep to Year 6 in a friendly, caring environment. As an authorised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) school, Cornish offers a conceptual, transdisciplinary, inquiry-based and student-centred educational program with responsible action at its core. Through the PYP, students experience learning that is engaging, significant, challenging and relevant as it spans between, across and beyond traditional subject boundaries.
Students participate in a range of practical, varied and cross-age learning experiences to promote resilience, balance and a sense of knowing and connection to themselves, others and the environment. Programs include EcoKids, Kitchen Garden Project, Dhumba-dha biik* (a weekly program where students form strong connections to their land), Make a Difference Week as well as social skills and personal development programs which support each child’s learning and holistic development.
*Dhumba-dha biik, used with permission, is Boon wurrung language for ‘Talk Country’.
Students in Years 7 to 8 study English, humanities, science and mathematics, physical education, the arts, materials technology, personal sustainability, religious education, food technology, environmental studies and a language. Inquiry-based learning provides a meaningful context, allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills across disciplines and demonstrate their learning at exhibitions during the year.
Year 9s study core subjects such as English, mathematics, science, a language, physical education and global sustainability and health, along with breadth studies and an enrichment program that includes the Make a Difference Experience - a powerful overseas learning experience combining service work and cultural studies.
Our senior school offers an exciting and academically rigorous program for Years 10 to 12. The Year 10 curriculum consists of core studies, such as English, mathematics, science, a language and global sustainability and physical education, and breadth studies units in fields such as outdoor and environmental education, health, design technology, the arts and more. Year 10 students also study Units 1 & 2 Global Politics, gaining valuable experience with the processes of VCE studies including the use of inquiry, cooperative learning and development as independent learners.
Cornish offers VCE beyond boundaries, which allows students in Years 11 and 12 to meet the needs of their career pathway choices. Students choose from 32 VCE studies and can attend classes on campus, online through Virtual School Victoria (with staff support), or through a combination of these. Students are also involved in leadership, conferences, community service, sport and school activities, health, driver education, digital citizenship programs, cocurricular programs and a range of internal and external programs.