Our Primary & Junior School
We believe children are never too young to be challenged as we help them achieve their goals driven by a genuine love of learning.
We provide a highly developed program of intentional teaching based on the principles of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) which supports a unique blend of inquiry and play-based learning with Junior School students developing complex intellectual, emotional and social skills. They are exposed to a diverse program of inquiry and challenged in many areas from music and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), to financial and digital literacy, cultural understanding, leadership and social enterprise. They are encouraged to try new things, take-risks and be bold, tapping into their interests and passions.
Teachers develop a rich picture of every student’s learning successes, strengths and challenges, and each girl is supported to grow and develop to her full potential. As a result, our Primary and Junior School is recognised as one of the best in the state and consistently ranked well above state and national averages in the NAPLAN literacy and numeracy testing. Most importantly, our students develop confidence, capability and self-worth that are great assets to them in their senior years and beyond. See details of our program and how we incorporate IB school principles, below!
At each year level there is a particular highlight feature which helps focus the teaching and learning program.
Prep: There is a focus on transition to full-time schooling through our unique Step into Prep program. Auditory assisted classrooms from Prep to Year 2 enhance the acoustic environment and help students develop effective auditory processing skills which are essential for basic learning.
Year 1: Focus on consolidation of literacy and numeracy skills, as well as developing teamwork and self confidence through the Minniesingers choir program.
Year 2: Focus on developing social skills and interactions.
Year 3: Focus on independent learning and responsibility. Students participate in their first overnight camp.
Year 4: Focus on environment and sustainability through the EnviroKids program featuring the kitchen garden and greater use of our ‘Classroom on the Beach’.
Year 5: Focus on formal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects which are incorporated into many of the Units of Inquiry including a special Unit on Engineering Design and Construction.
Year 6: Focus on leadership, independent inquiry and in-depth research, culminating in the major Year 6 Exhibition.