OUR VISION To be the top college on the North Coast of New South Wales. To build a college with access to all who want their children to achieve the highest standard of education and founded on faith. Bishop Druitt College is a learning community intent on developing resilience, resourcefulness, reflective practice, and collaboration.
The BDC Primary School has 460 students enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 6. The primary school uses the NSW Board of Studies curriculum for all key learning areas. The Junior Primary Coordinator (Kindergarten -Year 2) and the Senior Primary Coordinator (Years 3 - 6) are available to support students, parents, and teachers in the primary school. The Director of Pastoral Care supports all community members to ensure that our students' social and emotional needs are well met. The Head of Primary is ultimately responsible for all academic, social, behavioral, and pastoral care programs in primary school.
In addition to the classroom teachers, specialist teachers are employed for the library, Christian studies, French, Japanese, gifted, talented, learning support, and music. The college employs counselors for primary families to access. The primary school has an occupational therapist and a speech therapist as associates.
Staff are drawn from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of educational philosophies. We recognize that quality teaching is the most important school-based factor affecting student achievement. We are committed to supporting the teachers through whole staff and individualized professional development initiatives in primary school.
Teachers have high levels of collegiality in teaching and programming. Release from classroom teaching is provided at the same time for grade teachers to facilitate this collegiality. Team teaching operates widely throughout primary school.
The secondary school operates with the middle school (Years 7-9) and the senior school (Years 10-12). The approaches to teaching and learning vary depending on the age of the students within the secondary school. The pastoral care system is also organized with middle and senior school coordinators (one per year group).
The secondary school uses a four-stream model for Years 7, 8, 9, and 10. A fifth stream can occasionally be added to a year level group because of the demand for places. Study programs in Year 11 and 12 are based around student choice, and every effort is made to customize our classes in these year groups accordingly. Each academic faculty determines its structure in a manner that best suits the individual cohort. Therefore, some subjects may be streamed while others are not.
The college has a strong history of academic success based on recognizing and nurturing the individual's talents and providing a safe environment to see them develop.
A thorough grounding is offered in the first two years of secondary school in English, mathematics, science, history, geography, personal development and health, technology and applied science, creative and performing arts, and languages. Many elective choices are offered in challenging disciplines for students as they progress through the secondary years.
Many recreational clubs and sporting options are also available. Our sporting tradition combines the excellence of high performing teams with the opportunity for everyone to participate at their level.
Underpinning the academic structure of the college is the pastoral care system. Each student belongs to a tutor group and a house. The tutor group is horizontal (the same year level), and the house is vertical (K-12). Students usually remain in the same tutor group and house for the duration of their secondary enrolment.
We offer exceptional educational professionals services at all classroom levels, technology support, and educational support services. We also offer the best pastoral care available, using our house system as the foundation for creating a caring and personal experience of the Anglican tradition.
All this in the beautiful natural environment of the Boambee Valley, minutes from Coffs Harbour, and with beautiful beaches and the rainforests of the hinterland nearby.