Support and Extension Education

Dame Phyllis Frost (AC, DBE) was the Patron of Billanook College from 1978 until her passing in 2004. She was a pioneer of her time, passionate about the rights of women and the environment and an advocate for the disadvantaged.

Her legacy includes Billanook’s purpose built facility, the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC). The Centre is staffed by specialists in Support Education who design and develop personalised education programs for students with a diverse range of special needs. The Centre operates on the basis that all children can learn and should be given the opportunity to maximise their learning potential.

Both in and out of the classroom, students come to see that learning is an engaging, practical, ever changing, continuous process. They draw on knowledge from one discipline to solve problems in another; they apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations in school, at home and in the community. Students are encouraged to stretch themselves and to know the satisfaction of a job well done.

The Centre also provides support to the teaching Staff through provision of information regarding the specific educational and emotional requirements of students and how best to meet their needs.

Our aim is to mainstream all children where possible and to provide the necessary support to enable effective learning to take place.

Dimensions in the Primary School

Dimensions is the name given to the program that supports gifted and talented students at Billanook College. The College recognises that all children need both educational and social opportunities congruent with their level of ability in order to explore their individual gifts and talents. To this end, a mixture of best practice programming options are implemented for gifted and talented students, as well as high achieving students, which are appropriate for the individual’s skill and ability level, interest and readiness. High achieving students are offered the opportunity to work with like-minded students in flexible ability-based groups within their regular classrooms. In addition, students who have been identified by standard measures as gifted or in possession of superior ability receive Individual Educational Plans which take into account their strengths and relative weaknesses and provide educational strategies for the classroom teacher. Students are welcome at any time to visit the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.