Huntingtower Junior School enjoys a rich arts program. Music is introduced from Pre-Prep, and several musical incursions and excursions such as MSO concerts and OZ Opera are arranged. Singing, music theory, music appreciation and Orff instruments all form key elements of classroom music lessons. Visual Art is taught at all levels. Children explore colour, texture, line and the use of different media as they work on two and three dimensional projects. Senior School art teachers teach Year 5 and Year 6. Many children enter local art competitions. Every second year Junior School students perform a musical for parents and friends which combines many elements of the Junior School Arts program. There are designated Visual and Performance Arts spaces within the Junior School.
Students from Pre-Prep to Year 6 are introduced to a sequential program of skills, mini games and team sports. This begins in Pre-Prep with the Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) and culminates in Inter-School Sporting fixtures in Year 5 and 6. The unique Ball Games Carnival is a particular favourite of both students and their parents as it has become a Huntingtower tradition, being introduced in 1948 when the School was in Armidale. Several other Sporting Carnivals are held for the older students and Sports Activity fun sessions are held for the younger ones. Parents are invited to play an active role in these carnivals.
Introduced in Year 1, Indonesian is the Language other Than English (LOTE) taught in the Junior School. Each year the students have opportunities for engaging in a multitude of activities that enrich their understandings of another culture. Students are encouraged to enter State Language Speaking competitions. The Junior School LOTE room is a popular meeting place even at lunchtimes as that is when the LOTE Club operates once a week.
All students from Prep to Year 6 enjoy science lessons with a science specialist in a designated Junior Science room. Science activities and explorations encourage each child to be fascinated and intrigued, to wonder and hypothesise, and to ask probing questions about their world.
Information Communications Technology
In today’s global learning environment, technology is integrated seamlessly within the curriculum as a learning tool. Working with Information Communications Technology in the Junior School enables students to explore and develop problem-solving strategies, to embrace a creative and systematic approach to task solutions and to develop self- confidence and skill in manipulating software for their individual purposes. A wide range of interactive, educational software is incorporated into the Junior School curriculum for use with iPads, laptop and desktop computers and interactive whiteboards.
The Junior School library is a colourful, vibrant and popular hub. Children from 3 year old Pre-Prep upwards are able to enjoy its facilities and receive lessons from the Teacher Librarian on a regular basis. Annual events such as Book Week, Premier’s Reading Challenge and Stories Before Bedtime revolve around the wonderful literature found in this special place.