Teaching and Learning
My name is Eva Perry and, as Head of Junior School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Junior School of A.B. Paterson College, where excellence, care and commitment are central to all that we do. I am honoured to work in such a vibrant learning community that works to encourage each and every one of our students to achieve their very best.
Our Junior School commences with Prep and continues through to Grade 6 - 27 classes in all, within a truly P-12 community. We also have very close links with our Early Childhood Centre. Strong relationships tie all aspects of our College together across the community and visitors often comment on this caring College spirit. Our classrooms are vibrant places where students are happy and engaged in quality learning opportunities.
A.B. Paterson College has a holistic approach to education to develop well rounded and resilient children and young adults, and we aim to instil a lifelong love and enjoyment of learning. We offer a broad range of opportunities for students to develop academically, physically, culturally, socially and spiritually. Our class teachers teach across the core curriculum areas, and there are numerous specialist teachers who enable us to offer a wide variety of programmes such as – Music, Physical Education, Library, Enrichment, Technology, and Japanese. Our students also enjoy the wide variety of opportunities of co-curricular activities, such as Mathematical Modelling Challenge, Public Speaking and Verse Speaking Competitions, Musicals, Choirs, Bands and Running Club.
We prepare our children for the future and 21st Century learning is at the centre of our work. Our children are equipped with a range of interactive technologies to engage them in rich learning opportunities across the curriculum. Our eMentors support the work of teachers and students in the classroom setting.
Good manners and respect are obvious amongst all members of the College. The Junior Schooling community is a friendly, welcoming environment where the home/school relationship is imperative. Our teaching staff are dedicated professionals who willingly deal with academic and pastoral issues as soon as they become aware of them.
Strong values are modelled by staff and reflected in the behaviours of the students. Relationships and respect are at the core of College values. Classroom teachers work closely with their students to help our children develop in a warm and welcoming environment centred in Australian values, and they are proactive in supporting our students in academic and pastoral issues.
We would love to welcome you in person to our campus - and let you make up your own mind about what we can offer your children. Arranging a tour of the College is as easy as telephoning Mrs Karen Milburn on (07) 5594 7947 or emailing her at email@example.com
We hope to see you soon!
Ms Eva Perry
Head of Junior School
At A.B. Paterson College we want our students to become confident and independent learners, able to meet new challenges, and to do so with resilience and a love of learning and discovery. In order to do this, our students are nurtured by caring teachers who encourage their students to reflect on their own learning and effort, and look for continuous improvement. Our teachers work closely with parents in a learning partnership intended to provide an outstanding level of care for a happy and growth promoting climate in which children love to learn.
Students in Junior School study and learn through all eight Key Learning Areas identified in the Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century (1989):
- Social Studies
- The Arts
- Physical Education
All students in the Junior School have access to various digital technologies to aid their learning. Each classroom in the Junior School has computers connected to our College Intranet and the Internet, as well as having access to the Junior School Computer Laboratory. There are other smaller ‘pods’ of computers, 8-10 in each, around the College.
Prep students have individually devised learning programmes according to students’ abilities and skills. Some will already be advanced in literacy and numeracy, others less so. Children’s prior skill levels are benchmarked through testing so that progress can be monitored. Each child develops through play, and activities are a mixture of choice and structure so that children advance at their own level. Phonics are part of the literacy programme.
Specialist Music and Physical Education teachers work with children to develop motor skills, co-ordination and patterning.
Each Prep class has one teacher and one full time trained learning assistant.
Years 1 - 3 students have two hours of uninterrupted reading, writing and comprehension activities daily, and one hour of uninterrupted mathematics. Literacy skills form an important part of mathematical development. The College has developed very specialised and successful programmes in Mathematics and English that result in excellent achievement in Year 3 Federal assessment.
Children are grouped across the year level and between year levels, where necessary, so that they work in similar ability groupings and special programmes can be effectively targeted. The balance of their programme is made up of ‘integrated studies’ including Science and Social Studies, and Music and Physical Education with specialist teachers.
In Years 4 - 6, students are again grouped into smaller units, so that English and Mathematics can be targeted for most effective development. Curriculum expands from Year 4 to include a foreign language (Japanese), instrumental music (strings and wind) and broader exploration of Science, Social Science and the Arts.
The Teaching for Understanding framework is used from Prep to Year 12 and thinking routines are incorporated into real life learning activities to help young people retain their natural curiosity and interest in new ideas.
Early intervention is important to support students in their development. Our Learning Enhancement team comprises three trained Special Education teachers, a Gifted & Talented Co-ordinator, specialist teacher aides, and an educational psychologist, who work with teachers, parents, and additional outside specialists to support learning needs.
Students participate in a variety of opportunities including: Poetry evening (own and ‘borrowed’ poetry); Days of Excellence; various national and state competitions; drama club; creative writing; Innovators of the Future; and the A.B. Paterson Public Speaking Competition.
There are also a number of after-school activities such as dance, chess and art clubs that students can elect to join, as well as instrumental and speech lessons during school time. Each of these is a paid activity directly between the parents and tutor.
Reporting to Parents
|Towards the end of Term 1||Parent/Teacher interviews are scheduled|
|End of Term 2||A full written report on Semester One|
|During Term 3||Parent teacher interviews are again scheduled|
|End of Term 4||A full written report on Semester Two is sent home|
Parents are always welcome to make an appointment with a teacher to discuss their child’s progress at other times. The Student Diary is an important means of communication between the College and home. Parents are asked to check their child's diary each evening.