Our aim as a school is to create a whole individual within a strong academic framework, to prepare our students to voyage out beyond the comfortable, with courage and confidence. We value critical thinking and strive to build self-belief for all our students.
Cranbrook’s emphasis is as much about creating strong, solid members of society as academic success. We equip young men not only to win places at leading universities, but to flourish there. The qualities we look to instil in all our students are a sense of global mindedness, respect and individuality, the willingness to lead through service and also the importance of striving for excellence at all times.
We are aiming to renew the School; and it is very significant, timely and important. This plan is to replicate the success of our Junior School renewal, providing continuity of experience across our campuses. We are aiming for the development of potential, and a recognition of each other’s individuality and value, and work to ensure that the Cranbrook philosophy can continue to flourish throughout the years to come.
At Cranbrook we are committed to the vital task of preparing our students to flourish within an increasingly competitive environment. We also work to encourage young Cranbrookians to make the most of their talents and to discover and relish the joys of intellectual commitment and academic hunger.
We have therefore chosen to enhance our Middle School years by delivering the Australian Curriculum and NSW syllabus, as mandated by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), through the methodology of the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme (MYP). We are currently a candidate school for the MYP and will become an MYP authorised school by 2019 delivering the programme from Years 7 to 10.
The MYP provides a rigorous framework that integrates powerfully with local educational requirements. The Australian Curriculum and NSW syllabus requirements are fully-delivered within an MYP content. It builds on the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed by the IB Primary Years Programme currently being delivered by Cranbrook Pre-schools and Cranbrook Junior School.
As a school it is important that we equip our students with the skills sets and attitudes for the 21st Century. The MYP will help us achieve this by encouraging our students to build confidence in managing their own learning, connecting the classroom to the larger world, developing an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.
MYP students acquire the knowledge and attitudes that they need as a foundation for the final years of secondary school and beyond.
The curriculum in the Senior School complies with the NSW Board of Studies requirements for students to be awarded the Record of School Achievement after Year 10, and the Higher School Certificate at the end of Year 12.
The House system is designed to complement classroom pedagogy, specific welfare policies, co-curricular activities, learning support and counselling services to nurture the development of each student.
Houses are vertically structured and provide opportunities for students to mix with each other in formal and informal settings. Older students learn to care for, and encourage and support younger students in cross-age tutor groups and through buddy programmes. Younger students can identify mentors and role models. Tutor groups within the House allow for strong bonds of friendship and support to develop between students of similar and different ages. Houses honour and strengthen their traditions, and celebrate their identity through social gatherings, trivia and cultural evenings, assemblies, Chapel services and participation in inter-House competitions. In this way each student can identify with, and feel connected to, his House.