By Russell Deer , Braemar College principal
Choosing where to send your kids to school can be a tough decision. There are a lot of factors to consider, like family and friends, and your own experiences with schooling. Plus, you have to take into account the financial and logistical aspects. That’s why I want you to meet four awesome year 7 students at Braemar College – Olive, James, Michael, and Lillian. They all started at the school in 2023 and can give you a great idea of what it’s like to be a student there.
When I inquired about the reasons for choosing Braemar, their responses were enlightening. James appreciated the expansive areas, while Olive and Lillian appreciated the difference between the Woodend and Mount Macedon campuses, where they spent part of their schedule. Michael found it appealing that the campus was not visible from the main road, as it was surrounded by either open fields at Woodend or trees and vegetation at the Mount campus, creating an authentic sense of space.
The sense of safety on campus was a wonderful advantage for these four students. The beautiful natural environment only enhanced their feeling of security. The abundance of farm and wildlife was truly remarkable and something they were able to witness every day. It was a stark contrast from their previous city lifestyle, but the vast open spaces and rural setting of Braemar was a refreshing change they eagerly anticipated each day.
Michael shared how connecting with his teachers made him and his classmates feel valued, while Lillian reflected on the joy they found in their core classes of Encounter and Investigate. James praised the diversity of electives available, and Olive appreciated the support of the caring staff. The flexibility provided by the teachers allowed everyone to feel accepted and accommodated in their approach to learning, and the young people were grateful for these positive traits in their educators.
After engaging in conversations with the year 7 students, it is evident that they possess a genuine fondness for attending school. They expressed their appreciation for the welcoming atmosphere, the amicable and competent teachers, and the engaging and stimulating classes. Most notably, they conveyed a strong sense of belonging and security within the school community. As the principal, I am immensely proud to hear such positive feedback from our young students. Why not come and see for yourself?