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Junior School

The Junior School at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School

Calista Campus - Early Learning Centre

In 2017, the Early Learning Centre at the Calista Campus will accommodate foru part-time Kindergarten classes, three full-time Pre Primary classes and four Year 1 classes.

The campus has been refurbished inside and out and will provide a wonderful learning space for our smallest students.

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 Kindergarten, Pre Primary and Year 1 will provide quality educational experiences built around the children's needs and developmental growth.  These experiences will help develop their personal and interpersonal skills and integrate knowledge, understanding, motor skills, spiritual attitudes and values across learning areas.

We are committted to nurturing strong relationships with family and community.  It is important that we work together to establish positive relationships that result in specific learning and development goals.  We welcome parents, grandparents, carers and all other "special people" to participate in our daily programme.  Parents are a wonderful resource in the classroom; our staff enjoy working alongside family members and in return, provide an invaluable opportunity for parents and carers to share in their child's world at school.

English and Mathematics are foundational subjects in all classrooms with a strong emphasis on Reading.  Science, technology and enterprise, history, art, music, physical education and health, Italian, Religious and Values Education and computing support the daily timetables in all year groups, providing a rigorous and wide-ranging educational experience for each student.

Nature play is widely encouraged; students are able to explore the gardens, the natural climbing facilities, to dig and to build cubbies.  We teach the students to assess danger, and to evaluate sensible risk taking during their play.

Junior School Calista Handbook 2018

Wellard Campus - Middle and Upper Juniors

The Middle and Upper Junior School classroom teachers in Years 2 - 6 at the Wellard Campus 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 continues to be on English and Mathematics development, but generous time is spent on Science, History and Geography, Technology and Enterprise, Physical Education and Health, Library Research, Computing, Music, Choir, Italian, Art, Dance and Drama.

The School also offers an extremely vibrant Co Curricular Programme for students from Pre Primary to Year 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, assessments and reporting are all firmly grounded in the Western Australian Curriculum and the Kindergarten Guidelines; these are the current mandated documents for Western Australian schools.  Portfolio work samples are made available to parents at the end of Terms 1 and 3, and formal written reports are sent home at the end of each semester.  Formal Reports are always followed by interview opportunities to discuss student progress and concerns during scheduled Parent Interviews.

We welcome parents into the classroom 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, Music performance nights, 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.  These opportunities will be organised across-campus.  The School is anticipating that some will be held at Wellard and some at Calista.

At the Wellard Campus, several facilities in the School are shared by Junior and Senior 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, assemblies and services. Students from the Calista Campus will be transported to the Wellard Campus by bus to join in with important annual School events like Founders' Day activities, Carols on the Green, and any other special events deemed to be appropriate for that age group.

Music is a fast growing department at the Wellard Campus 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.  Music at the Calista Campus will also be an important feature of daily life; two music practice rooms will be available for individual music lessons with specialist music teachers, and singing will continue to feature strongly as class activities.

Students at Wellard are able to access networked computers in the Library, in the Junior School technology room, and in their classrooms.  Students at Calista will be able to access networked computers in their classrooms.  All classrooms at both campuses have interactive whiteboards which are widely used as a teaching tool.

Provision is made at both campuses through the teaching programmes for students to receive effective support and challenge to strengthen their academic and pastoral learning needs.  All intervention programmes are discussed thoroughly, and negotiated with the student's parents.

Junior School Wellard Handbook 2018

Pastoral Care

Each classroom teacher in the Junior School, Kindergarten to Year 6, 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 Kindergarten to Year 6, students belong to a House system which provides leadership opportunities, pastoral care outside of the classroom, and a vertical social network as students mix with different age groups.  The different Carnivals held in the Junior School are based mostly on House competitions, but there is plenty of scope for the strong encouragement of top achieving sports individuals, especially when students are in the Middle and Junior School years.  The Junior School has an extremely strong record of sporting achievement in the local area.

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.