Epping Boys High School
Epping Boys High School was established in 1957 with the 50th anniversary being celebrated in 2007. The values and traditions of the school were laid down from the early years and these have been embedded into the culture of the school today. The current 3 year program Boys to Men seeks to engage all boys and build fine men. These objectives are achieved through a range of programs including: quality teaching; an extensive number of co-curriculur activities; a strong student welfare emphasis called BTM; extensive sporting opportunities; a wide range of music, art and technology choices. The values of the school are reflected in the Code of Behaviour: Courtesy, Respect and Responsibility, which are an integral part of the daily relationships between students and staff and the wider community.
In 2007 Epping Boys' High School celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The Prime Minister of the day, Mr John Howard, opened the newly refurbished library and laid down a time capsule to be raised fifty years hence. The school hosted many old boys to an evening of reminiscing and fireworks. This was followed the next day by football matches - soccer and rugby. The school held musical items, debates and visual displays.
Epping Boys' High School has a current enrolment of 1074 students. Enquiries exceed capacity and there is a keen interest in the School from overseas students. Retention rates are high in the senior school. While Epping Boys' High School has a strong academic emphasis, the School also caters for other special educational and pre-vocational needs.
Epping Boys High School's Motto "Strive to Achieve" has inspired staff and students since the school's foundation in 1957. By hard work, dedication and the setting of high standards, the school has built up an enviable reputation of success based on very sound traditions. Pride in past academic, sporting and cultural achievements has generated further achievements in the pursuit of excellence.
Epping Boys High School is a local, boys' comprehensive high school with a tradition of academic excellence conveniently situated to transport in a well-appointed, green 9-hectare setting.
The aims of Epping Boys High School are to:
Develop students by providing the stimulus to strive for excellence in their academic, sporting and cultural pursuits.
Provide an atmosphere of "acceptance and respect" in a caring environment with structural student welfare and peer support programs designed to nurture self-esteem.
Offer a broad curriculum with sufficient course flexibility to cater for those whose goal is tertiary study and those seeking to enter the world of work more directly.
Maintain the school's proud tradition in sport, music, public speaking.
Encourages participation in a wide variety of co-curricular activities.
Develop an environment where teachers are acknowledged for excellence, challenged to develop, and provided with the opportunitites and resources to achieve quality learning outcomes.
Involve parents and community in decision making in areas of curriculum, welfare and allocation of resources.
A school-based policy is a framework usually consisting of a statement of purpose, aims and broad guidelines for action in achieving some purpose on a substantive issue. School-based policies provide a framework for planning in the school and direction for staff in fulfilling their roles in the school. They ensure to a considerable extent that there is uniformity and consistency in decisions made and in operational procedures. They provide the basis for the formulation of rules and procedures.
Guidelines for the Development of School-Based Policies:
School-Based Policies must be consistent with Department of Education and Training policies.
Policies are concise documents consisting of a rationale, aims and guidelines for implementation. The date of development or revision is noted on the policy. The school committee responsible for the development or revision of the policy should be noted at the end of the policy statement.
Policies are developed by school committees, ratified and approved by the Executive.
School-based policies should be reviewed within three years of their development or revision.
The Principal is responsible for the oversight of policy development, review and revision.