The stimulating and varied curriculum incorporates teaching and learning strategies that encourage diversity and creativity of thought. There is a strong emphasis on integrating curriculum subjects which appropriate, problem solving and real world connections to learning. A number of subjects are taught by specialists in those fields to ensure that the quality of teaching is not compromised in these areas by an expectation that a primary teacher could teach each and every subject to the level expected.
Key Learning Areas are:
- Units of Inquiry (an integrated approach to teaching Science and Technology and Human Society and Its Environment)
- Creative and Practical Arts (Visual Arts, Music, Drama)
- ICT (integrated into all subjects)
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
- Studies of Religion
- Library and Research Skills
The Arnold Library
The Arnold Library is arguably the hub of the Junior School and services students and families in Years 3-6, providing numerous events and programs that support the curriculum and prepare students for more autonomous learning and research. In addition to an extensive selection of books, the library is equipped with technology to enable research. The library is open to families before and after school and as well as spending time in their at least once a week as part of their weekly timetable, students have access to the library each lunch time, should they wish to.
In Junior School, Curriculum Camps form an important part of the overall curriculum, both academically and pastorally. They are part of a sequential learning program with each year’s camp building on the knowledge and experiences gained on the previous year’s camp. These experiences allow children to have the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills and also introduce group living skills through outdoor education. Teachers recognise these camps as a crucial way in which to get to know the children they teach in a context outside of the classroom and this knowledge further serves to develop a genuine depth of knowledge about each child. Similarly, for students, it allows them to see their teachers in a different setting and build further connectedness.