Junior Years Curriculum
The Junior Years curriculum is based on the key learning areas - English Language, Mathematics, Humanities, Science and Technology, Health and Physical Education, the Arts and Languages other than English (Italian and Indonesian). Religious Education, including preparation for Reconciliation (Year 3) and Eucharist and Confirmation (Year 4), is an integral part of the curriculum and flows over into Classroom Prayer, Chapel Assemblies, Celebration of the Eucharist and the Church’s Liturgical Year and Feast Days.
The boys are under the care of their class teacher who teaches the core curriculum. There are Specialist Teachers for Music, Gifted and Talented Education, Reading Recovery, Adaptive Education, Physical Education, Environmental Education and Italian and Indonesian. It is the class teacher who ensures the primary Pastoral Care of the boys and implements the Junior Year’s Pastoral Care Program. The two Pastoral Care coordinators work with staff and students and are members of the College Wellbeing Council. Our Pastoral Care program focuses on Behaviour Education including social and emotional learning, resilience, self-motivation, responsible thinking, respect and self-regulation.
The Junior Campus has its own Library. Its resources and internet access, together with classroom computers and the Computer Laboratory, assist the overall learning program. We are planning for a full 1:1 implementation of interactive devises in 2014 in the Junior Years. We have a dedicated Music Room, Art and Design Technology and Computer Laboratory but benefit from the use of whole school facilities such as a farm, the Technology Discovery centre, the Science Discovery centre, the Music centre, the Environment centre and the Senior Library to name a few. Further learning experiences are provided through camps, excursions, trips to the farm, planting and looking after the community garden, service learning, adaptive education, swimming and athletics days, buddy mentoring, volunteers and guest speakers. Particular emphasis is given in the Junior Years to Literacy and Numeracy teaching.