Junior School: An introduction
The Junior School’s Waterford campus is set amid one hectare of lush greenery overlooking the Bronte coastline in Waverley. The school is just 5 kilometres from the Sydney CBD and a short walk from Bondi Junction. The School caters for 290 students in Years 5 and 6, with 5 streams of boys in each year, each of 29 mixed-ability groupings.
The Junior School is renowned for its high standard of individual attention to each student’s needs, as well as a focus on a shared partnership with parents in the formation and education of their son. A caring environment is provided, with emphasis on self discipline and acceptance of challenge.
There is a focus on giving students the best possible preparation for their transition to high school. In a timetable that mirrors the Senior School’s cycle, students are given access to specialist teachers for languages, music, physical education and computing. With the Waterford campus just 300 metres from the main senior campus, Junior School students are able to make full use of all of the Senior School facilities – including the Performing Arts Centre, Chapel, Olympic pool, gymnasium/auditorium and Queens Park playing fields. Junior School students also attend full school assemblies and participate in all major school functions.
A note from the Principal
The Junior School has an outstanding academic program and the co-curricular program is strong and varied. Co-curricular choices include music tuition, choir, chess, debating and drama. Sports include cricket, basketball, swimming, water polo, rugby, cross country, tennis, softball, football, AFL and athletics.
Years 5 and 6 are an important stage in a student’s education. A school like ours provides them with challenge, opportunity and fosters a love of learning – and these are the framework for future success at school.
School begins at 8.40am and concludes at 3.00pm each day. Before-school supervision commences at 8.30am. There is no Before or After School Care offered.
The Junior School is timetabled into the same 10-day cycle of the Senior School. This enables the Junior School to avail itself of specialist teachers in the areas of Languages, Music and Physical Education. For these classes, the boys move to specialist areas within the College. This introduces the boys to the culture of the Senior School timetabling system, and helps prepare them for Year 7.
The College operates solely with Apple Mac computers, with individual MacBook Air laptops issued to every student. New students are issued with a MacBook Air shortly after their commencement in Term 1 and retain the device for a period of three years.
Information sessions for students and parents are held to familiarise them with the device and to explain the rights and responsibilities of students, care and maintenance, and internet use and protection. The MacBook Air also comes with 24/7 telephone support provided by Apple and access to the Mac store and Genius Bar.
Junior school reception opening hours: Weekdays: 8.00am – 4.00pm
The Waterford Campus is located a short, five minute walk from the Senior Campus (on Birrell Street)
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