Fostering academic achievement through excellent teaching and learning and a culture that encourages aspiration.
Small Class Sizes
A defining characteristic of our educational program is our unique commitment to offering small class sizes. The personalised care we can provide as a result of this decision enables our teachers to help each student identify realistic goals for their academic, social and spiritual development. This high level of care provides our students with the support they need to prepare effectively for life beyond school.
At Northholm Kindergarten to Year Four classes are capped at 20 students. All other year groups are capped at 24 although it is unusual for classes in any subject to have more than 20 students. Many students in the Senior School also enjoy the advantages of small class sizes with many specialist subjects having no more than ten students.
Northholm is recognised for the quality of the relationships we develop between students and the teaching staff. Tutors meet regularly with the students in their tutor groups to discuss their progress and communicate to parents where there are concerns about a student’s progress. This regular communication is a fundamental aspect of Northholm’s more personalised approach to learning.
Knowledge of Students
Our teachers pride themselves on their knowledge of each students’ individual needs and provide a diverse range of learning experiences to accommodate the different learning styles and interests of students. Our programs, while supporting our commitment to a traditional academic program reflect this broader perspective.
Use of Technology
We focus on building a strong foundation in core skills and emphasise the need for academic rigour. Technology is integrated where appropriate at each level of schooling. Students are required to bring their own laptop from Year Four to Year Twelve.
Providing purposeful learning experiences that incorporate both explicit instruction and individual inquiry enables our students to develop the passion for learning and the commitment to excellence they need to fulfil their potential and realise their dreams.
Our teachers recognise that deep thinking is the essence of creativity and a critical ingredient in every significant learning experience and seek to provide students with opportunities to resolve complex real world problems.