Junior School

Reception – Year 2
Our Reception to Year 2 schooling provides a solid foundation in early development. Teachers focus on providing a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment where each student is encouraged to develop their potential. There is a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy. The students experience an engaging curriculum including music and movement, drama and games, physical education and Indonesian.

 

Year 3 – Year 6
In Years 3 to 6, our comprehensive curriculum continues to build on the foundation of the early years. Students experience an enjoyable, interesting environment that engenders a love of learning. The curriculum includes Literacy (with an emphasis on spelling and writing), Numeracy, Oral Language, Bible, Humanities and Social Science, Science, Health, Physical Education, Indonesian, Art, Music, Resource Based Learning, Computing and Drama as well as a Social Skills program.

 

Bible Curriculum
The Christian Studies classroom is a learning environment in which the students are encouraged to develop a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It also provides the opportunity for students to grow in their faith and to express that faith in their lives. The focus of the Bible Curriculum is the study of Old and New Testaments, as well as skills for Christian life application.

 

Special Education
A Special Education team provide identified students in the Junior School with additional educational support. There is a specific focus on early intervention for our Reception to Year 2 students. This includes the successful one-on-one Reading Recovery Program and Phonological Awareness Groups. Support Staff also provide individual and group support in literacy and numeracy. A Learning Assistance Programme (LAP), supported by volunteers, provides one-on-one assistance in particular areas to promote student self esteem. Staff will work in collaboration with external consultants, including speech pathologists and educational psychologists, when appropriate.

 

Gifted and Talented
Within the educational environment of our Junior and Middle schools, students with high intellectual potential and special talents are actively catered for. The school has a commitment to provide extension, enrichment and appropriate programs for gifted and talented students. We recognise that gifted and talented students learn at a much faster rate. They can conceptualise ideas and solve problems at a much faster pace than their peers. They perform best when interested, stimulated and challenged and they enjoy working with like-minded students. A combination of measures is used to identify the gifted or talented student, including formal assessments, parent nomination, checklists, student self-assessment, achievement tests, and teacher observation.

 

Music
We provide our students with excellent opportunities to experience the enjoyment that can come from music. Our music programme includes Music as a subject throughout the school. Instrumental tuition can be arranged, with tutors who come to the College during the school day. Students also have the opportunity to join and perform with a variety of bands and ensembles.

 

Sport
We need to develop lifestyles that maintain and take care of our bodies. The Health and Physical Education programme promotes physical activity and examines factors which influence attitudes towards, and participation in physical activity. Topics include safety, nutrition, teamwork and fair play. Major sporting events include Sports Day, Swimming Carnival, and Interschool events. Opportunities also exist for students to be involved in extra-curricular sport competing against local schools.

 

Other Activities
Some of the activities that may be undertaken by our Junior School students include musical productions, choirs, Chess Club, various English, Mathematics, Science and Computing competitions, Tournament of Minds, Prayer Group, Student Representative Council and Peer Mediation.

 

Excursions and Camps
Excursions are incorporated into the curriculum to give students an awareness of the community and to enhance their learning in relevant areas. Camps for students from Years 3 to 6 are organised by class teachers to challenge students, develop social skills and foster good class dynamics.

 

Behaviour
Philippians 2:4 & 5 “Look not only to your own interests but to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”

This scripture teaches us how we should consider others. By doing so, we create a peaceful and safe environment in which to live. We believe that it is important to model, support and encourage appropriate behaviour, including respect and good manners. We believe that Jesus taught His disciples through guidance, counselling, encouragement, forgiveness and prayer. We use these same steps in conjunction with appropriate consequences. Our aim is to teach students to think before they act, considering the outcomes of their behaviour in relation to themselves as well as others.

 

Parental Involvement
Parents have the most vital role in the child’s development. Therefore we believe that the interest that parents show in the College and their child’s education has a very important influence on the student’s attitude and success. Parents are encouraged to contact the College to discuss any matters relating to their child’s development.

 

Reports
Students are assessed continually throughout the year using a variety of methods. Feedback is given on study habits, general development, attitudes and overall progress. Student progress is reported to parents at the end of each term.

Term 1 and Term 3 Teacher / Parent Interviews and Student-led interviews
Term 2 and Term 4 Semester Report

Parents are welcome to contact the College at any time to make appointments to discuss matters relating to their child's development.