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Assessment and Reporting

Doxa School Bendigo is a community that promotes Safety, Kindness and Curiosity through our Positive Behaviour Program. This is also reflected in the Pillars that underpin our Whole School Student-Centred model, our Catholic Identity, Choice Theory, Trauma-Sensitive Practices and Social and Emotional Learning.
We promote a community that is inclusive, celebrates diversity and values the resilience and potential of all young people. As such, we believe that our Assessment and Reporting of student achievement should be strength-based and focussed on the goals of each individual student as expressed in their Individual Learning Plan.
Student academic goals are assessed in line with the Victorian Curriculum guidelines and at a senior level in accordance with the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). Our reporting also takes account of our students’ growth as measured by the Victorian Curriculum Social Competencies.
Doxa School’s Assessment and Reporting Policy can be viewed by clicking here.

Learning Philosophy

Background and Philosophy of Doxa

The model of alternative education that operates at The Doxa School, was initiated by the Marist Brothers and has evolved into the current program since its inception in 2006. The program varies in duration and involves intensive personal and educational intervention through attendance at the school along with outreach support.

All of our programs at Doxa School are informed by a Whole Person Student Centred approach informed by our key pillars; Our Catholic Identity, Choice Theory, Trauma Sensitive Practice and Social and Emotional Literacy.

Our Positive Behaviour Support Program encourages Safety, Kindness and Curiosity in all members of our school community.

The Doxa School program aims to re-engage students who are at risk of not completing their compulsory years of education because of a range of complex challenges and barriers. It provides supported and alternative education for students 13 years of age and older who are experiencing difficulties in mainstream education or who are currently disengaged from education altogether. Our aim is to re-engage young people with Education and Training or Employment depending on each individual student’s goals and needs.

The generous and ongoing support of the Doxa Youth Foundation along with Catholic Education Sandhurst has allowed our program to be sustained and developed.

Catholic Education Sandhurst Ltd governs our school. Doxa School Bendigo bases its educational philosophy on the Marist tradition of service to the marginalised and leads us to work with vulnerable young people with complex needs.

Learning & Teaching

 Doxa School provides a curriculum that conforms to the standards of the Victorian Curriculum as well as the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). While our curriculum offerings are limited we endeavour to focus on the specific needs of our students. All students have an Individual Learning Plan that guides their academic as well as social and emotional growth.

Learning and Teaching at Doxa School is supported by a qualified and experienced Teaching Team and supported by Classroom Support Workers and our Wellbeing Team.

Class groups are configured to include students of mixed ages and learning levels with generally junior secondary, middle secondary and senior secondary mixes, though these vary from year to year depending on our enrolment profile.

Doxa School offers a general curriculum with a focus on the basics of Numeracy and Literacy at junior and middle levels and VCAL at senior level. We also provide a range of opportunities for Experiential Learning, and our programs have a strong focus on Social and Emotional Learning and Personal Development.

A more detailed description of our Curriculum can be found on this Website under School Information and Policies under the Downloads section.