Unsurprisingly, given the quality of what the school has to offer, few places are available for children living outside the catchment area. And there’s a historic reason for this too. When Williamstown High merged with Point Gellibrand Girls School, it was agreed that two classes would be reserved for girls. As well, there’s an accelerated learning class so three out of the 10 classes in each year run separately but in parallel to the main stream. It’s an approach that works well and is valued by the community, with more demand for the girls-only classes than there are places, though it does result in a gender imbalance that shows up in the combined middle and senior enrolment total of 1431 of whom 799 are girls and 632 boys.
Few places are available for children living outside the catchment area
Kruse again: “Having taught boys classes, I know that there is no one best way. Some children do better in mixed gender classes, others in single sex. In the girls’ English classes, for example, the novels studied tend to have strong female protagonists. “I have learnt that our young people are so varied and diverse in so many ways, and that celebrating and catering for individual difference is an important goal for schools. Providing a broad range of opportunities is one way of catering for that difference.”
Darryn Kruse was appointed as Campus Principal of the Bayview Campus (Years 7-9) in the middle of the 2010 school year.He taught at Fitzroy High School from 2004 through 2010 where he “loved team teaching.” [www.educationtoday. com.au 2012 Vol 12 (3) Term 3] He commenced his teaching career at Broadmeadows Secondary School in Melbourne’s West; moving on to the Northcote Schools Network; and then Buckley Park where he was curriculum coordinator and acting assistant principal. He taught, for a short period, at Deakin University. He has also worked part time as an educational consultant, including assignments in South Africa and work in the USA.
Education Today – Term 4 2012