Benton Junior College
Benton Junior College, situated on 3.5 hectares on the eastern fringe of the Victorian bayside town of Mornington, opened in 2003. The college is situated in a rapidly growing area of outter Melbourne where many young families are building in estate areas surrounding the school. The long term anticipated enrolment of over 800 students is expected within ten years.
Benton Junior College is committed to developing and nurturing a community of life-long learners. The college supports the development of the whole person - a person with a positive self image who seeks excellence and respects the rights of others. The schools intention is to make learning relevant and meaningful to students with a focus on children as capable individuals and as active constructors of their own learning. Staff aim to instil the children with the motivation to learn, the ability to think, the courage to imagine and the compassion to care.
An innovative curriculum embraces the International Baccalaureate - Primary Years Program. This program involves students in active inquiry, drawing on their own experience to assist in gaining a greater understanding and appreciation of the world in which they live. Students develop skills which enable the courageous, flexible, creative and imaginative use of mental capabilities essential for solving complex global problems and play a purposeful and productive role in their community.
It is important that students learn to care for and respect both their local community environment as well as gaining a global understanding. Benton students are involved in many environmental and global activities such as planting native gardens for World Tree Day, attaining Bronze certification for South East Water’s ‘Water Learn It Live It’ program through Year Four students inquiring into a Unit on Water, caring for local waterways with Water Watch, collecting tokens to build a school veggie garden, selling second hand books to raise money for a school in the Kalahari desert, participating in Environment Week at the local ‘The Briars’ wildlife reserve and more.