Our school motto is Visium, Varietas, Contendo, which translates to ‘Vision, Diversity and Endeavour’. The students are at the centre of this motto at Balcombe Grammar School (BGS). Their wellbeing and academic progress drives our actions each day as well as informs our plans for the future.
Balcombe Grammar School, in partnership with families, provides the resources, programs and culture in which students feel comfortable to realise their potential. Students are encouraged to explore and celebrate their talents as well as challenge themselves in a range of activities.
Our manageable student population enables the staff to know more about each student and, in turn, students feel part of a caring and productive community.
Balcombe Grammar School is committed to supporting democratic principles within an environment based on Christian values.
STATEMENT OF DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES
Schedule 4 clause 1 of the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 require that the programs of, and teaching at Balcombe Grammar School must support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy. These include a commitment to:
- the elected government; and
- the rule of law; and
- equal rights for all before the law; and
- freedom of religion; and
- freedom of speech and association; and
- the values of openness and tolerance.
As stated in the Regulations, the requirements of the commitment above are not intended to affect the rights accorded to, or the compliance with any obligation imposed on the school under the enactment of the State or of the Commonwealth.
Balcombe Grammar School is committed to the principals of a liberal democracy.
- We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government
- We respect and observe the rule of law, and believe that no person is above the law
- We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes
- We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practice tolerance and understanding others’ beliefs.
- We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, but also acknowledge that we have the responsibility not to abuse this freedom
- We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the school community regardless of background.
This Statement of Democratic Principles is communicated to staff, students, parents and guardians and the school community.