Since it's creation in 1893, Walford has consistently educated girls to be independent, self-reliant thinkers, keen to take their place in the world. The School's environment is culturally rich, technologically advanced and well connected to global centres. As a result, in 2003 Walford was one of ten national winners in the Australian Superb All-round School Performance Award.
Primary Years Programme (PYP)
The Walford Junior School follows the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate, which focuses on the development of the whole child, in the classroom but also in the world outside. It offers a framework that meets the academic, social, emotional, physical, cultural and spiritual needs of young children.
Junior School staff cover the following subject areas - Languages: English and French (from Year 3), Mathematics, Social Studies. Science and Technology, The Arts: Music and Visual Arts and Personal, Social and Physical Education. The curriculum provides opportunities for every child to develop a deep understanding of important concepts, conduct research into knowledge, which has local and global significance, acquire and practise a range of essential skills, develop positive attitudes towards learning, the environment and other people and become involved in responsible action and social service.
These essential elements are applied in a context defined by six transdisciplinary themes -Who we are, Where we are in place and time, How we express ourselves, How the world works, How we organise ourselves and Sharing the planet
Middle Years Programme (MYP)
Walford Middle School incorporates Years 6 - 9.
Walford offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) which is specifically designed to facilitate intellectual development of early adolescent students (11-16 year olds). Intercultural awareness is central to the program, as is the building of interrelationships between academic disciplines. These are Language A (English), Humanities (History and Geography), Arts (Drama, Music and Art), Technology (Computer and Design Technology), Language B (Chinese, French, German or other modern language), Science, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Religious Education.
Five areas of interaction are integrated into and across the disciplines. These are: approaches to learning, community and service, health and social education, environment, and 'homo faber' (innovation). An independent project completed in Year 10 draws together the students' involvement in each of these areas.
Diploma Programme (DP)
In Years 11 and 12, Walford is able to offer a pathway to tertiary education and life beyond school with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. The program has the strengths of a broad curriculum with particular depth in three Higher Level subjects and three at Standard Level. There are also three important additional features.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) - a shorter subject unique to IB
Creativity/Action/Service (CAS) - encouragement of students to be involved in the community
Extended Essay (EE) - of 4000 words, excellent preparation for university
Students study their own language, a foreign language, a humanities subject, a science, mathematics, and an arts subject.
Group 1 - language A1 (the student's first language
Group 2 - second language - Chinese, French, German
Group 3 - individuals and societies - Geography, History
Group 4 - experimental sciences -Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Group 5 - mathematics - Mathematics, Mathematical Studies, Mathematical Methods
Group 6 - art and electives - Theatre Arts, Visual Arts.
Students may elect certain subjects from groups 2, 3 or 4 instead of a group 6 arts subject.