Junior Years

Reception - Year 6

The best start for your son

At Rostrevor, your son will gain a solid foundation for learning and growth in our Junior Years through innovative and diverse learning programs that enable each boy to reach his full potential.

We believe a boy's first experience of formal education is essential to developing fundamental learning and social skills that support life-long learning and help him grow in a nurturing and enriching environment.

Small class sizes enable tailored learning and individual support for your son. Boys thrive with structure and routine. Therefore, our teachers ensure boys know what is expected of them and encourage independence and organisation.

Our days are structured to ensure regular brain breaks and a balance of clearly directed learning tasks, hands-on activities and digital technologies.

We are an inclusive community and we believe every boy has the ability to succeed. Our Inclusive Education team offers individualised programs to those students that may require extra support in Literacy or Numeracy.


In the early years, our boys receive explicit and direct instruction for reading, writing and numeracy to ensure they are given a solid foundation in phonics and numeracy.

Play-based learning is important in the early years to build essential problem solving and social skills. As our boys progress through the primary years, they are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their own learning through inquiry and research.

Specialist teachers provide lessons in Italian, PE/Health, Science and Music. The majority of academic time is spent on the Australian Curriculum core learning areas of English, Mathematics, HASS, Science and Religious Education and we believe in providing a broad and balanced curriculum.

Boys will have the opportunity to develop new skills and passions through the Arts and Technologies. We strive to provide our boys with lifelong skills enabling them to be global citizens of the 21st century. 


Our Junior Years boasts excellent resources and facilities including an Ideas Centre (library) and Gym. Boys have access to a playground, sandpits, garden, large oval, courtyard and basketball ring.

Every boy in R-6 is provided with an iPad which is integrated in all learning areas. With large grounds available to explore, exercise and play, we believe our boys have space to grow and learn in an open environment. Our boys have access to Science Labs weekly for hands-on experiments under the guidance of specialist staff as well as an Agricultural Farm and vegetable garden.

Utilising our native bushland setting, students engage in re-vegetation of bushland areas, plan, build and maintain the school community garden and are involved in community environmental programs such as 'Our Patch' and 'Friends' of National Parks. Our Environmental Education Centre provides hands-on, interactive learning for our boys including engaging with native reptiles like snakes and lizards.

Student Wellbeing

The wellbeing of our boys is paramount in the Junior Years to ensure we nurture and develop young 'men for others'. Our boys recognise the need to serve others and are involved in various community activities.

In class, boys are explicitly taught a social, emotional learning program (What's the Buzz) to build emotional intelligence. We ensure our boys feel a sense of belonging by developing respectful relationships and encouraging empathy and resilience amongst peers.

A restorative approach is used to resolve conflict which involves restoring relationships and taking responsibility. Through our leadership programs, our boys are given opportunities to develop their skills through House, community and student-led activities.

Our Inclusive Education department offers the Macquarie Literacy Program for small groups of students who require extra support in Literacy. It is an explicit and systematic reading intervention program.

We are an inclusive community and we believe every boy has the ability to succeed in a nurturing and supportive environment. Boys have access to an on-site psychologist and counsellor.


Our boys take part in regular prayer and reflection, where they are encouraged to think about their place in the world and how they may make a positive contribution to others. This is an integral part of a boy's personal spiritual growth in our Catholic school founded in the Edmund Rice tradition.

Our Religious Education program encourage them to explore their own spirituality through a diverse range of activities including meditation and community service. The Junior Years attend Chapel weekly where they are inspired to seek God in many ways and express love in generous service of others.


Glen Stuart Rd Woodforde Sa 5072 Australia


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