Our goal is to ensure all our students learn to be their best within a setting that encourages a high level of engagement, understanding, collaboration and reflection.
Finding Her Voice
Welcome to our Junior School, a place we call ‘Barbreck’.
The Primary years of education are crucial to build the foundations for lifelong, independent learning. We believe nurturing children through the formative years of Prep to Year 6 means surrounding them with a learning environment enriched with experiences, opportunities and an atmosphere of individual care and attention through our whole School wellbeing program.
Along with our well-equipped classrooms and teaching facilities our students have a dedicated Assembly Hall, Art room, Music room, Library and playgrounds. Junior School students also enjoy the opportunity to utilise our Senior School facilities including our Gymnasium, Sports & Aquatic Centre, Library and Resource Centre and Science Atrium including our space Observatory.
A large number of our Junior School students commence their education in our Early Learning Centre, providing them with an enriching early learning experience equipping them with the necessary skills to commence School with competence and confidence.
At St Catherine’s we ensure the transition to Prep is seamless and comfortable for all our students. Our sequential teaching program ensures all our students – from Prep to Year 6 – develop curiosity, inquiry and investigation skills.
Our small class sizes, together with input from our Head of Extension and Learning Support and various small group activities, help to cater for the individual needs of our students. We provide a comprehensive program for learning support and extension, depending on individual needs.
The St Catherine’s expansive curriculum is based on Best Practice teaching and is carefully planned with our students’ knowledge, needs, interests and varying abilities in mind. It is underpinned by the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) and is both rigorous and sequential.
Key curriculum areas for our students include:
- Literacy and Numeracy
- Science and Technology
- Physical Education
- Philosophy (Years 5 and 6)
- Outdoor Education – Beyond Boundaries
- Perceptual Motor Program
- STEM in the Mornings
- Write on Wednesday
- Choirs, Instrumental Music, Concert Band, Percussion and String groups and Choral groups
- Sport (Athletics, Gymnastics, Tennis, Netball, Snowsports, Swimming, Cross Country Running and Joggers’ Club)
- Drama and musical theatre
- Bodyworks – comprehensive health program
- Dance (Classical, Jazz and Ballet),
Opportunities to build self-confidence, resilience and encourage positive risk taking is provided in our Outdoor Education program available to students from Year 2.