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The well-resourced Junior School provides a stimulating and nurturing environment for our youngest learners to thrive in. Students develop a love for learning at Grammar and are challenged through a broad and rigorous curriculum combined with a wealth of outside classroom activities.
Warm and welcoming teachers work hard to deliver innovative curriculum offerings that challenge, inspire, amaze and motivate. Students are the centre of what we do.
We work closely with parents to help our students to become lifelong learners, to be guided by a strong moral compass and to achieve their potential.
Kindergarten is a fun learning adventure filled with songs, laughter and exploration. Kindergarten students love to learn through play, whether it is hatching eggs, feeding chickens or walking along the harbour, a journey of discovery is right around the corner.
Wildspace Wednesdays are exciting times that provide new stories each week for children to vividly retell. Staff have worked with leaders in early childhood education to develop programmes encourage creativity, confidence and a love of learning.
From Kindergarten to Year Six, Junior School offers a progressive and rigorous curriculum focused on developing successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens using the Australian Curriculum and The Early Years Learning Framework. Emphasis is on developing literacy and numeracy skills as a foundation for lifelong learning, along with the use of Harvard University’s Thinking Routines to extend and deepen students' thinking across learning areas.
Our exceptional, committed, team of teachers and assistants work collaboratively to develop rich, diverse and engaging learning opportunities that both support and extend students to reach their full potential. We also encourage establishing good study skills whilst fostering in each student a personal aspiration to continue learning and seize each day of opportunity that Great Southern Grammar provides.
Children’s breadth of learning and interests are developed through specialist expertise in the learning areas of Music, Languages, Christian Studies, Physical Education, Health, Library, Art and Drama.
Beyond the classroom, Junior School offers a wealth of experiences for students. As part of their school day, students can choose to take part in instrumental music lessons, choirs and ensembles. Experiential learning is promoted through class excursions and the Outdoor Education programme, which includes camps and sleepovers in Years Three to Six, along with a sailing programme especially for Year Six students.
After school we offer extra-curricular opportunities, including basketball, netball, hockey, football (soccer), cricket, AFL, swimming, surfing, Zumba and tennis, as well as Lego and Art Clubs. This holistic approach to educating the whole child is just part of the Grammar difference.
Learning music is a challenging and rewarding experience that all Junior School students are encouraged to pursue. Students have a lot of fun while learning the skills of persistence, concentration and coordination. All students participate in weekly music lessons and instrumental tuition is available for most instruments. All Year Two students have the opportunity to try the violin or cello and many continue this into their senior years. A variety of choirs, bands and ensembles provide students with a wonderful opportunity to shine in this important area.
In addition to two lessons of Physical Education each student undertakes each week, Great Southern Grammar encourages students to represent the School in one of the many sports on offer. Team sports promote confidence and resilience and have positive benefits for physical and mental health. Hockey, netball, basketball and football are just some of the team sports on offer.