As Years 5 and 6 comprise a separate department in the College, it is often referred to as the Junior School.
The Junior School offers a holistic education in Religious Education, all key learning areas, as well as regular lessons in Music, Art, Physical Education, Library Skills, Computers, Drama and Mandarin by specialist teachers.
The students need to be at school before 8.40 am and the day concludes at 3 pm. Before school supervision commences at 8:30am. There is no before or after school care. Students needing help with homework can attend Homework Help after school from Tuesdays to Thursdays to 4:30pm from week two during term time. Occasional cancellations will occur when this time clashes with Staff Meetings and other school activities. The Junior School library is also open from 8 a.m. every morning except Thursday.
There are three Year 5 classes with a total number in the cohort of 96 (32 per class).
In Year 6 there are four classes with a total number in the cohort of 128. All classes are of mixed ability, however, boys are graded for mathematics and literacy lessons. There are no composite classes in the Junior School.
The Junior School is timetabled into the Senior School 10 day cycle. This enables the Junior School to avail itself of specialist teachers in the areas of Languages, Art, Music, Physical Education and Computing. For these specialist classes the students move to the specialist areas within the Senior School helping to prepare the students for some of the changes for when they move into Year 7.
The College has a 1:1 Personal Learning Device (PLD) program. All Year 5 boys as well as Year 6 students new to the College, receive a PLD at the beginning of the year.
On one afternoon a week the boys take part in organised sport. As this is an essential part of the Physical Education Programme all boys are expected to be involved. On this day the students wear full sports uniform to and from school. During the winter months (Terms 2 & 3) the College tracksuit is worn over the sports uniform. The students usually travel to our ovals and facilities at the Treacy Complex, Oxford Falls by bus at 11am and return in time for dismissal at 3.00pm. Boys may represent their school at the Saturday morning fixtures against other schools. Those students who are selected to represent the College are expected to honour their commitments fully. The minimum requirement is two terms of sporting commitment for the college.
A high standard of uniform is expected at all times. See Uniform Shop for Information. The College bag is compulsory in the Junior school. The College canteen is open before school, recess and lunch.
Both Years 5 and 6 go on a three day camp each year. These camps are an essential part of our education program. All boys are under an obligation to attend.
Private music lessons are available during class hours and there is an opportunity to join the many College bands. There is also a substantial Junior Choir of more than 30 students.
Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds or to visit any shops at any time unless they have a properly signed “Exit Pass” from Mr Long. The students will be accompanied to the various travel departure points in Chatswood during the first couple of weeks of the new school year. The students are instructed very clearly on behaviour expectations and safety precautions whilst travelling to and from school.
Personal responsibility and leadership are fostered in the Junior School with Class Captains being elected every term. Sports captains are also chosen by the students annually. Parental involvement as class liaison parents, in supporters groups or the P&F is encouraged.
Being a Catholic school, the boys will be involved in various Charity programs, such as a walkathon, where the funds go to people less fortunate than ourselves. The Class captains assist in all these endeavours.
The Junior School provides a happy, caring and learning environment for your son.
The Junior School classrooms are setup with moveable walls and flexible spaces so the teachers can combine classes into an open classroom to facilitate shared activities and flexible groupings.
Find out more about the Co-curricular Activities for the Junior School