With a firm focus on the acquisition and consolidation of literacy and numeracy skills, the Junior School provides students with a solid start to their formal schooling. Best practice Prep classrooms, in partnership with QUT, ensure that our students’ first year at Kelvin Grove State College will ready them for future learning.
Our classroom teachers remain current with pedagogical and curriculum development and as early adopters of the new Australian Curriculum, are well positioned for its full implementation in 2012. Strategies for differentiation are embedded in classroom practices and ensure that we support and develop the needs of all our students.
Our specialist teachers - Physical Education, Music, Library and Italian, have developed unique programs for our Junior School students. Our PE curriculum has strong links with our College’s Excellence programs and includes Golf, Soccer, Tennis and Dance. Music lessons take place in purpose built music rooms with students as young as Year 1 composing and taking part in music jam sessions. Our librarian supports our classroom teachers by enhancing literary experiences in weekly lessons and beginning the College’s continuum in referencing and editing skills. From Year 2 students participate in engaging Italian lessons and enjoy school events such as Carnevale.
A full time English as a Second Language (EALD) teacher and two teacher aides are supported by our College’s ESL Department. Working together they ensure our newly arrived students’ are able to access our curriculum.
Our Junior School team is completed by our ancillary staff. Teacher aides are trained to ensure that they are an important part of our classroom whilst our administration team are our welcome to the school and are a wealth of knowledge about enrolments and daily routines. Our facilities officer and cleaners keep our rooms and grounds clean and welcoming.
The Junior School introduces students to the College Values from Prep. Resilience, creative thinking, integrity, respect, responsibility and diversity are all part of our daily language. By enacting these key values, the intended result is the College’s core value of happiness, where all our community members feel valued and important. Our social skills programs - High 5 Anti –Bullying Strategy; You Can Do It!; Anti- Bullying Teacher Aide and Lunchtime Clubs further embed these and ensure that we are catering for the social emotional needs of our students.
The Junior School, whilst on its own campus and with its own facilities and grounds, has very strong ties to the Middle and Senior Schools. As an Executive team we work together to ensure that the transitions to the sub schools are seamless and that all three sub schools are an important part of the P-12 Community.
A close relationship with our community and families ensures that the Junior School gives each and every student a wonderful start to their time at Kelvin Grove State College.