|The Junior Primary at Scotch College consists of Prep, Years One and Two. These vital years are when the boys develop a concept of themselves as a learner and as a friend. During these formative years the foundations are laid for future learning, personal resilience, enjoyment of challenges and curriculum engagement.|
|There are approximately 150 students in Scotch College Junior Primary. They are organised into six classes, two at each year level from Prep to Year Two.|
|The school aims to provide opportunities for each boy to
realise his full potential: academically, socially, emotionally,
spiritually, creatively and physically. A broad range of subjects is
taught at each year level. There is an emphasis on Literacy and
Numeracy acquisition in the early years, with blocks of time dedicated
to developing the necessary skills. Individual differences are catered
for through strategies such as small group instruction, differentiated
learning tasks and open-ended challenges. Classroom, small group and
individual assistance is also available through the Education Support
Department, (formally known as Access). Science, Technology and
Humanities are taught in the classroom, where appropriate, through
integrated units of work. Boys also attend specialist classes in Music,
Drama, Physical Education, Art, German (from Year One) and Library.
Christian Education and Information and Communication Technology are
taught by specialist teachers and supported by the classroom teacher.
|School programs are enhanced by participation in
relevant excursions and also incursions by professional performers and
speakers from a wide range of disciplines. Scotch's Outdoor
Education/Camping Program begins in Prep with a breakfast, Year One
stay at school for an activity afternoon and dinner, whilst Year Two
enjoy a sleepover at school.
Private music lessons in violin (by traditional or the Suzuki method), cello, piano and woodwind instruments are available at various entry points throughout the Junior Primary years.
|The boys come together regularly to perform and participate in Junior Primary Assemblies and Chapel Services. Opportunities for leadership and positions of responsibility exist at all year levels, for example Year Two has two boys on the Student Representative Council. These boys are seen as the leaders of Junior Primary and are expected to set an example for the younger boys to follow. Junior Primary boys meet regularly with their Cross Age Senior Primary partners and engage in a range of educational and social activities.|
Each staff member is committed to the development of
independence, responsibility and a positive self concept in each boy
and is involved in the teaching of a social skills program which covers
topics such as rules, rights, responsibilities, consequences,
relationships, acceptable social behaviour and conflict resolution. All
staff are involved in providing pastoral care for the boys and welcome
the opportunity to discuss a boy's welfare with the boy and his
parents. Additional support is available to boys, parents and teachers
from the Deputy Head, the Pastoral Care councillor, the Director of
Junior Primary and the staff of the Education Support Department. Open
communication between home and school is seen as important, as is the
active involvement of boys, parents and teachers in the boys’
development and the learning process. Parents are encouraged to
communicate with their son's class teacher whenever the need arises.
An extensive assessment and reporting system exists in the Junior Primary classes. The classroom teachers work closely with the Education Support Department to ensure that each student is working to the best of his ability, while specific testing is available and professionally administered to students of concern. Teachers and parents meet during Terms One and Three for Parent/Teacher interviews, while written reports are sent home at the end of Terms Two and Four.
|The Junior Primary team welcomes Mrs Megan Bates, who joins
Mrs Amy Rogers in the Year Two level, assisted by Ms Alicia Smith. Mrs
Comport and Mr Moloney teach Year One, assisted by Mrs Jillian Moore.
The Prep team consists of teachers Ms Tamara Prangnell and Mr Anthony
Tasca, assisted by Mrs Heather Brooker and Mrs Anna Marshall.
Each teacher and assistant is a vital and dedicated member of the Junior Primary Department.
Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.
Ms Kate Ikinger
Director of Junior Primary
Scotch College: ABN 86 852 826 445 ACN 005 650 395 CRICOS 00624A (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students)