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Through the curriculum we cultivate the enchanting sense of wonder and enthusiasm that children bring to school. Rich learning experiences are provided in each area of the curriculum, along with a myriad of cocurricular activities. An appropriately challenging curriculum at all levels is supported by prompt, constructive feedback from teachers.
Learning focuses sharply on core literacy and numeracy skills. The development of knowledge and understanding and the ability to transfer learning from these core studies is central to our curriculum. Vibrant programs in science and technology, human society and its environment, the performing and visual arts, personal development, health and physical education, Christian studies, and French (K-4) and Chinese (5 &6) ensures the development of well-rounded learners.
Our curriculum effectively combines core skills and authentic challenges related to our students' wider world. Through creative and investigative tasks, students explore, wonder, collaborate and negotiate, at developmentally appropriate levels.
Deep understanding is at the heart of all learning in the Junior School. It drives our preparation of each girl to make her unique contribution to life and work in the 21st century. Our learning environment is influenced by research and best teaching practice from around the world. Students are viewed as capable partners in the learning process who should be supported, challenged and encouraged.
Comprehensive assessment, professional observation and consultation with parents allows teachers to determine individual student needs. This evidence informs learning programs that are tailored to meet a diversity of student abilities and interests.
Staff work collaboratively to prepare teaching programs and to share best practice. In addition to differentiated class programs and some ability grouping in English and mathematics, provision for the extension and support of student learning occurs through the K-12 Learning Enrichment department.
An extensive cocurricular program further supports class learning with opportunities in sport, art, chess, languages, philosophy, debating, drama and music.
The principles of positive psychology are an integral part of our approach to learning in the Junior School. They inform our academic endeavours and our interactions with each other. Evidence of this can be seen in classrooms and in our positive playground project.
The student-run Friday Friends assemblies are highlights across each term. These provide opportunities for the girls to showcase their academic, musical, dramatic and artistic achievements to each other and to their families.
Students develop expertise in using technology to access information and to create multi-media content. This class-based learning utilises interactive whiteboards, computers and individual slates with stylus technology in Years 5 and 6.
The Nan Hind Centre provides the Junior School girls with space to explore while they learn. It houses a science lab, robotics area, art studio, music room, hall, and media studio, all supporting an interactive, dynamic and experiential approach to learning. The arts and sciences are given equal attention and treated with the same sense of discovery in this centre and this lies at the heart of the teaching philosophy at St Catherine's.
The architecture of the Nan Hind Centre reflects the wave forms familiar in this coastal location, and the building design features cross ventilation, solar power and rain water harvesting. It is an exciting, innovative building designed to service our future generations.
Our curriculum effectively combines core skills and authentic challenges related to our students’ wider world."
The principles of positive psychology are an integral part of our approach to learning in the Junior School.”