A safe, nurturing environment
Our Junior Years program provides a safe and nurturing environment for our youngest learners. We offer small classes, an engaging curriculum and exceptional teachers who know how to get the best from our students.
At St John’s, we understand that the primary years are an important time of learning and exploration. Our experienced teachers work to foster each child’s unique interests and abilities with engaging learning opportunities and exciting educational experiences.
Building self-esteem and self-confidence
We encourage every child in our care to develop his or her own talents and abilities across a wide range of interests. Leadership, cultural enhancement, and in later years, debating are all central parts of our extended curriculum, which is aimed at developing self-esteem and self-confidence.
As part of the wider St John’s College community, our Junior Years students also participate in a range of campus experiences, including games and assemblies as well as our popular ‘buddy program’.
Pre-Primary to Grade 6
Children enrolled in our Pre-Primary to Grade 6 program learn to think critically and become more accomplished learners. At St John’s College Preston we ensure that independent learning skills are nurtured in a safe, structured and flexible environment.
As part of our Junior School we aim to provide a learning environment that is positive, productive and secure.
Our Junior School curriculum focuses on establishing strong skills in literacy and numeracy. This is complemented by a diverse range of integrated studies including history, science, art, health and technology.
Our teachers plan for different rates and styles of learning and adapt their lessons to include multiple delivery methods.
A rigorous curriculum
Our Junior Years teachers aim to develop confident, independent learners who are willing to ask questions and absorb new ideas. Alongside skills in literacy and numeracy, our Junior Years students also undertake specialist classes in Physical Education, Library, Music and Greek language.
House activities are an important part of junior school life. Each student is placed into one of the School’s four Houses: Plato. Pythagoras, Aesop or Olympia and remains in that House throughout their time at St John’s College.
In the Primary years, students participate in a range of House activities and competitions including sports, fundraising and public speaking. Year 6 students have the opportunity to become House Leaders. Houses are made up of students from all year levels so the House program is a great opportunity to interact and make friends with students across the whole School.
Participating in leadership activities helps students to build confidence, self-esteem and character. Students who show leadership grow to become responsible, successful young adults. At St Johns’ College we believe that all students have the ability to lead, therefore all students are provided with opportunities to do so.
In their final years of primary school, students take part in leadership programs and are given solid foundation skills in leadership qualities. All students are given a role of responsibility including:
- Junior school leaders
- House captains
- News reporters
- Student Representative Council (SRC)
Support & Enrichment
Specialised programs are available to cater for student learning needs. These programs occur within the classroom or in small withdrawal groups. Students are selected for these programs through a process of comprehensive assessment.
- Literacy Support Programs
- Mathematics Support Programs
- EAL Programs
- Literacy Enrichment – Years 3 to 6
- Mathematics Enrichment – Year 4 to 6
- Mathematics Olympiad – Year 5 and Year 6
- GATEWAYS Programs – Year 1 to Year 6
In Years 3 to 6, students participate in a public speaking activities. This involves children writing and presenting on a variety of topics. Public Speaking builds each child’s confidence as they learn how to engage and address an audience and overcome the challenges of speaking to an audience. Students have the opportunity to present in front of their peers and the school community.