Any builder knows that the most important stage of the construction process is to lay a solid foundation. This holds true for education, with all available research pointing to the importance of those early years of schooling.
The All Saints Pre Prep runs a Queensland Government approved Kindergarten programme. Pre Prep is the main entry point to the Junior School and is offered to children in the year prior to Prep, which is the first year of formal schooling. Children need to have their fourth birthday by the 30th of June in the Pre Prep year in order to be eligible for this programme.
Pre Prep operates during School terms only and offers two options:
• a five day week programme
• a five day fortnight programme.
• recognises individual differences and sets appropriate goals for each child
• educates the whole child—physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually
• responds to the needs of the child.
The children learn to co-operate, problem solve and think laterally. They learn language skills, mathematical concepts, persistence and concentration, the value of curiosity, self-confidence, co-ordination, healthy attitudes and values.
Once learned, these skills will form the basis for the more formal learning the child will undertake at school. Pre Prep has an intimate, family atmosphere where children are challenged to develop physically, socially and cognitively. It is a caring, vibrant place where children are able to express themselves through play and in planned, structured activities using the wide variety of resources at their disposal.
Prep is the first formal year of schooling at All Saints. This year level not only focuses on a child's social and developmental areas, but is also academically significant. The basis of literacy and numeracy are laid during this period and the acquisition of these complex skills is very much determined by each child's individual level of maturity and independence.
Years 1 and 2 build upon the learning begun at Prep. Emphasis is given to developing reading, writing and mathematical skills. Children are introduced to the concept of working as an individual and also as a member of the group. Whilst the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, History, and Geography are offered by the class teacher, children also experience specialist tuition in Art, Music, Drama and Communication, Physical Education, Christian Living, Technology and Library. Chess is introduced at Year 1 and children learn to become real world problem solvers. There are fun, educational days when our students are able to dress up as their favourite fairy tale character, become a pirate at Sea World for the day and learn about our fragile environment through the eyes of a worm or spider! We aim to have happy children who have a love of learning and are excited about their experiences at School.
With the implementation of the Australian Curriculum, a number of changes to subject areas has occurred. Central to the academic programme in the Junior School are the following subjects which are taught by classroom teachers:
English: English is comprised of the Receptive and Productive modes. The Receptive component concentrates on reading and listening whilst the Productive component covers speaking and writing.
Mathematics: Mathematics is also made up of three strands – Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Data.
Science: Science is divided into the four strands of Earth and Space sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Chemical Sciences.
History: History is divided into the two areas of Historical Knowledge and Understanding, and Historical Skills.
Geography: Geography integrates knowledge from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world.
Art: Students from Prep to Year 6 are encouraged to express themselves freely in a visual form through their weekly hour with a specialist Art teacher.
Christian Living: Amongst our Junior School students, Gospel values are shared by loving example and encouragement. Informal Chapel Services occur from Prep to 6.
Languages Other Than English: Foreign languages commence at Year 6 with children participating in Mandarin, French and Japanese.
Music: Each class in the Junior School participates in two half-hour sessions of Music each week. All students in Year 3 learn strings as part of our classroom programme while Year 5 students have the opportunity to learn woodwind, keyboard, brass or percussion instruments as an integral part of their lessons. Choirs, orchestras, bands and ensembles are also offered to Junior School students.
Physical Education: A healthy mind and a healthy body are the cornerstones of our Physical Education programme. Students from Prep to Year 6 participate in a programme that includes swimming, athletics, cross-country, minor and major games, as well as the perceptual motor programme for younger students. Inter-School sport occurs for children in Years 4 to 6 as part of the Associated Private Schools competition.
Technology: All Saints Anglican School has long been a leader in technological innovation. There are class sets of laptop computers for student use and ipads for the Early Childhood classes. The computers are all part of the School's network and have wireless Internet access. Students from Year 4 bring their own ipad and much of the work for the final primary school years centres around this tool. Complementing our in-class programme, Junior School children from Prep to 6 participate in Technology activities in our Technology Centre. This programme encompasses the exploration of Multimedia, Control Systems, Robotics and computer programs.
Drama and Communication is an important subject for all Prep - Year 6 students. Our programme aims to develop good speech and communication skills, build confidence and self-esteem, promote a love of literature, and support and enhance oral presentation.
Infinity Programme: This programme is a multiple intelligence based programme for identified students with exceptional abilities. Students in this category undertake short and medium term courses in their areas of strength both within the classroom structure and also in regular sessions in the Infinity room.
Chess is offered to students in a variety of year levels throughout the School as both an integral part of the curriculum and as a co-curricular activity.
Educational Support: All Saints believes that all students have the right to reach their optimum potential. To this end, the School offers educational support to students who may experience difficulties with certain areas of the academic programme. Individual and small group support is offered both within the classroom and on a withdrawal basis. This support may be short, middle or of a long term duration.