At Whitsunday Anglican School, we understand that the foundational years of primary schooling are important for students on their educational journey.
With its focus set firmly on the development of the whole child, the Junior School provides a safe environment which is both supportive and stimulating, and in which students are encouraged to take risks in their learning. This is an essential foundation stone for any young student as it helps foster confident, independent and resilient learners.
Our staff provide a nurturing and exciting setting for learning in the Junior School. Classrooms reflect a stimulating and challenging learning environment, and a most welcoming atmosphere for students and parents. Through the ‘You Can Do It!’ (YCDI!) Program, learning also focuses on developing the skills, talents and abilities necessary to make better informed decisions in community living. The YCDI! Program within the Junior School context is designed to support students to optimise their social, emotional, and academic development.
We recognise that it is important to have pastoral and academic balance in our Junior School therefore our students are supported by a leadership team that has a clear focus on each of these crucial areas.
Our Junior School leadership team features:
- Head of Junior School
- School Chaplain
- Dean of Pastoral Care and Events
- Dean of Curriculum and Pedagogy (Kindergarten to Year 3)
- Dean of Curriculum and Pedagogy (Years 4 to 6)
- Class Teachers (Kindergarten to Year 6)
- School Psychologist.
At the Junior School, we have a comprehensive program designed to awaken young minds to the joys of learning that includes the first step in the School’s digital journey with Year Four students utilising laptops in their studies. Along with acquiring a firm grounding in literacy and numeracy through exploring, creating, communicating and documenting, students are also encouraged to experience the joys of Music (and our Instrumental Music Program), Technologies , Science, Art, Geography, History, Chinese and French languages, Health and Physical Education and sports skills.
Before our Year 6 students progress into the Senior School, through Years 7 and 8, they undertake a Pro-Social Behaviour program as part of the Aristotle Emotional Intelligence (EI) Development programs. This is supported through an established partnership with Swinburne University in Melbourne. The Fostering Pro-Social Behaviours EI Development Program targets pro-social behaviours and through a series of activities helps build emotion vocabulary and empowers students to take action and prevent exclusion related behaviour. In addition to this, students define and use our School Core Values to guide behaviour norms and are also provided with the tools to communicate emotional needs in a prosocial manner.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Junior School.
Mr Mick Martin
Head of Junior School