Early Learning Years at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School
In 2013, The Early Learning Centre accommodates three part-time Kindergarten classes and two full-time Pre Primary classes.
Young children learn through talk, where they can share feelings and thoughts, form ideas and react to situations. They also learn through play how things work, they explore ideas, develop understandings, think creatively and practise new skills in a way which is fun, relevant and satisfying to them. In the early years at our School the children will have many opportunities to talk and play.
The programmes in the Kindergarten and Pre Primary years will provide quality educational experiences built on the children's needs and developmental growth. These experiences will help develop their personal and interpersonal skills and integrate knowledge, understanding, skills, spiritual attitudes and values across learning areas.
We are committed to nurturing strong relationships with family and the community. It is important that we work together to establish positive relationships that enable specific learning and development goals. With this in mind we happily welcome parents, grandparents or other special people to participate in our daily programme. This is a great help to our staff and an invaluable time to share in your child's world.
The Junior School classroom teachers are responsible for the delivery of the Key Learning Areas of the Curriculum with specialist teachers in Music, Art, Physical Education and Italian providing strong supporting programmes. The Junior School’s main focus is on Numeracy and Literacy development, but generous time is spent on Science, Society and Environment, Technology and Enterprise, Physical Education and Health, Library Research and Computing, Music, Choir, Italian, Art, Dance and Drama.
The School also offers an extremely vibrant Co-curricular Programme for students from Years 1 to 6. The choice of activities is vast and engaging, and is offered on three evenings after school from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. All students are encouraged to participate as there is something for everyone.
Our programmes, assessment and reporting are all firmly grounded in the Curriculum Framework, the current mandated document for Western Australian schools. As Australia moves towards the implementation of a national curriculum, so our teaching and learning programmes are being developed to meet the required criteria. Formal written reports are forwarded to parents at the end of each semester, with opportunities for parents to discuss student progress and reports at scheduled Parent Interview Nights.
We welcome parents into the classrooms at any stage of the year to discuss and reflect on their child’s progress. Many informal occasions also provide parents with examples of student achievement, including the annual Art Exhibition, Dance/Drama/Music performance nights, the Italian Exhibition, weekly school assemblies, classroom displays and school carnivals. These valuable occasions provide an insight into a child’s learning that cannot be easily captured in a written format.
Several facilities in the School are shared by junior and secondary students and staff. The junior students increase their participation in whole school functions as they play their part in Commissioning services, Founders’ Day, School productions, sporting events, special events, assemblies and services.
Music is a fast growing department within the School featuring Junior School ensembles, bands and choirs. These groups rehearse during the school day. A wide range of additional instrumental and vocal tuition is available from a visiting team of peripatetic music staff.
Students can access networked computers in the Library, in the Junior School technology room, and in the break-out spaces between the classrooms.
Provision is also made through the teaching programmes for students to engage in effective remedial and enhancement programmes in literacy and mathematics to support their learning needs.
Each classroom teacher in the Junior School shares the responsibility for Pastoral Care in conjunction with external Care Agencies, Educational Psychologists, and recommended Speech and Occupational Therapists. Pastoral Care relates to aspects of the formal academic curriculum, friendship groups, emotional development, values and virtues and general community awareness.
From Year 1, students belong to a House system which provides leadership opportunities, pastoral care outside of the classroom and a vertical social network for them to mix with students of different ages.
The School keeps abreast of current research and implements programmes to develop resilience, persistence, decision making and problem solving skills, self-esteem, self-motivation and initiative.
Peter Carnley Anglican Community School is a place where we embrace the variety of people that we come across every day and respect the views, values and traditions of others. We work together as a community knowing that strong collaboration between teachers, students and parents is vitally important. We value the participation of all families who are members of the Peter Carnley School Community and who are helping us to build a culture of trust, understanding and excellence.
Mrs Maggie Dunnill
Head of Junior School