From Small Beginnings
The Junior School
Huntingtower Junior School cherishes its small size and family atmosphere where new experiences, friendships and challenges abound.
We nurture our young pupils’ spontaneity, innocence and wonder and provide them with an educational experience that enables them to laugh, play and explore their world free from false sophistication. Our students develop into happy, confident learners who are encouraged to be considerate and thoughtful of others.
Their natural curiosity about life is stimulated and moulded by dedicated and experienced teachers to form the basis of a life-long love of learning and provide a strong foundation in literacy, numeracy and cognitive skills.
Science discoveries, musical productions, sport, reading circles, house carnivals, art, choir, camps, orchestra, swimming, learning a foreign language, using information communications technology, participating in competitions and leadership programs… what a smorgasbord of activities to be involved in! Is it any wonder that our Huntingtower Juniors love life?
The HT Playhouse, as the initial introduction to the unique experiences offered within Huntingtower, offers a secure and welcoming environment for children and envelops them in a nurturing and loving atmosphere as they investigate and learn through play. Upon arrival, children are welcomed and settled into an activity by our dedicated staff, all of whom are passionate about the early childhood years. Activity choices will vary, depending upon the arrival time of the child.
Indoor activities at HT Playhouse include: play dough, painting, drawing, puzzles, threading, home corner , floor play and baby corner, musical instruments, reading corner, dress ups, trains and cars, puppets, Duplo, collage and group time.
Outdoor activities include: balancing, climbing, dancing, jumping, sand play, water play (in warm months), balls, bubbles and riding.
HT Playhouse is a restricted hours, Occasional Care room for children from 12 months to 5 years of age. It operates Monday to Friday during school term times from 8:30am until 3:30pm.
Children may be cared for up to a maximum of five hours in a day and up to fifteen hours in a week. Bookings are made directly to HT Playhouse or through the main School Office.
The Huntingtower Junior School offers an enriching Pre-Prep education to both 3 and 4 year old children within a caring, loving and carefully structured environment. The modern Pre-Prep area has been specifically designedfor this age group of children. It has its own entrance and separate, fenced play area.
Sessions for the 3 year old group are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30am–11:30am
Sessions for the 4 year old group are on Mondays and Fridays, 8:30am –11:30am and also Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:30pm–3:30pm
he Pre-Prep program in Huntingtower Junior School provides challenging and stimulating experiences which are age appropriate, based on observations of individual children and recognise the children’s needs and interests.
The emphasis with the 3 year old group is on socialisation through learning and discovery during play experiences. The 4 year old program builds upon this foundation as it nurtures the skills, values and attitudes that will form a sound basis for the child’s formal years of education. Significant attention is given in the 4 year old group to preparing the children thoroughly for Prep in the following year. Children in Pre-Prep have the privilege of lessons with specialist teachers from the Junior School. Both groups have Music, Library and PMP (Perceptual Motor Program) lessons each week and the Learning Enrichment teacher visits on a regular basis. The 4 year old group also participates in a number of excursions during the year.
A formal transition program for Prep takes place towards the end of the year. Lower Juniors
Prep, Year 1 and Year 2
These first years of formal education are full of adventure, discovery and blossoming independence. Substantial time is spent laying firm foundations of understanding within Literacy and Numeracy with the classroom teacher, together with explorations of Visual Arts, Studies of Society and the Environment, and the integration of appropriate and relevant Information Communications Technology. The children also experience time with a number of specialist staff. Music, Library, PE, PMP (Perceptual Motor Programme) and Science begin in Prep and LOTE (Indonesian) begins Year 1. As Year 2 students mature and reach towards the next stage of their learning adventures, special activities include a Day Camp and participation in student led assemblies. Extra activities such as Little Choir, Little Symphony, Tennis and Chess are available to Lower Juniors.
Years 3 - 6
In Year 3 and Year 4,students become more independent and work on improving their organisational skills. Classroom teachers spend substantial time with their students consolidating and building upon their students’ understanding of Literacy and Numeracy. Students also work on specific studies and explorations of the Visual Arts and Studies of Society and the Environment. Specialist staff help enrich the curriculum with Music, Library, PE, Science and LOTE (Indonesian). In Year 4 the students have the privilege of specialist Information Communications Technology lessons with a secondary teacher. All Year 3 students look forward to their first overnight camp and Bike Ed is a special program for Year 4 students.
The curriculum in Years 5 and 6 is aimed at developing students’ independence and strength of character. As a consequence, students are encouraged to take more responsibility for the setting of their own learning goals. In these final two years in the Junior School, a greater proportion of students’ learning begins to focus upon leadership. The students’ growing maturity is reflected by their interests in and ability to discuss a wide range of issues important to our world such as water pollution, conservation and government.
Year 5 and Year 6 students participate in activities as diverse as inter-school sporting fixtures, formal presentations, extended timeline assignment work and buddy reading in Prep and Year 1. They act as role models for the younger students,have the opportunity to audition for major roles in the Junior School musical, and every second year they visit Canberra on an educational tour. Year 5 and Year 6 students have secondary teachers for PE, Visual Arts and ICT lessons. All these experiences help pave the way towards a smooth transition into the next exciting phase of their educational journey, the Senior School.
HT Aftercare operates from 3:30-6:00pm each full school day. It is staffed by a trained teacher and an assistant. A wide selection of indoor and outdoor activities is available for children, depending on their ages, their interests and also the weather. In Aftercare children interact with each other in a natural and relaxed “play and activity” based way. If parents wish, homework and certain music practice may be done at Aftercare when children are staying late. Aftercare may be booked through the main School Office. There is a charge for Aftercare.
Resources & Facilities
Enthusiastic and dedicated classroom teachers have overall responsibility for each year level. The Junior School has specialist staff for Art, Science, LOTE (Indonesian), Library, PMP, PE, Music, ICT, Learning Enrichment and Aftercare. The Pre-Prep and Occasional Care Centres have their own Directors. Assistants are employed in HT Playhouse (Occasional Care), Pre-Prep and Prep. Secondary staff teach Year 5 and Year 6 students for Visual Art and PE and Years 4, 5 and 6 for ICT.
The Junior School has a mixture of new and refurbished light and airy classrooms, all with their own individual personalities. 21st Century equipment such as ceiling mounted data projectors, interactive whiteboards, laptop and desktop computers mingle with comfy sofas, oversized cushions, classic books and dress-up clothes. The Junior School has its own modern Gymnasium, specific soft-fall, adventure playground, sandpit play areas and cubby-building trees. Specific rooms are set aside for specialist subjects such as Visual Arts, Performance Arts, Science, LOTE, Library and Learning Enrichment. There is a designated Junior School “Kiss and Drop” zone that may be used for children in Year 1 to Year 6. Aftercare is held in the Performance Arts room.