In Junior School we aim to identify those students who demonstrate a natural ability in any domain and to develop and nurture those abilities into talents . Through a careful process of assessment, nomination, interview and guidance, our goal is to enrich their learning journey both in school and beyond. By early identification, we can offer a programme of study that maximises talents and develops skills in the area of each student’s strength. Students will be able to work alongside like-minded peers through competitions and invitation only initiatives whilst also receiving daily challenge through carefully differentiated and paced lessons that are pitched at their ability level.
- What do we offer by way of enrichment?
The following examples provide an overview of some of our enrichment opportunities.
Connect to Create
This cross campus initiative allows our IB Year 11 students to collaborate with JS students, benefitting both young and old with this shared experience. The IB boys satisfying the service component of their course by planning, organising and delivering a series of workshops in specific subject areas such as debating, drones, 3D printing, Philosophy and Music, to selected students, culminating in a showcase of their work to parents.
Have Sum Fun Maths Competition: An exciting inter-school mathematics initiative that uses a quiz-night format. Teams of six students race against the clock to solve four intense rounds of eight challenging problems. There is also an online competition that is offered to students.
First Lego League
In FIRST LEGO League, students engage in hands-on STEM experiences, building confidence, growing their knowledge and developing habits of learning. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.
Speakers Challenge: Students in Years 3, 4 and 5 prepare a persuasive argument that is presented to their cohort. Intensive workshops allow the boys practice, guidance and advice in public speaking. The top performers then compete for the JS Speakers Challenge , addressing the whole school and an audience of parents and guests. The top three performers advance to an inter-school competition.
Inter School Spelling Bee: A competition open to all Year 3 to 5 pupils to ascertain the school champion. Intensive club practice to work on spelling techniques and familiarisation prepare the winning class students to compete for the school title. The top Year 4 and 5 performers are then invited to compete in an inter-school competition.
Cluedunnit Kids Competition: Organised by the Law Society of Western Australia, this club provides Year 5 and 6 with an opportunity to investigate a criminal offence with the goal of identifying the offender. Teams submit their findings to a panel of experts from the legal profession and compete against other student teams from schools in Western Australia. Students learn to develop research, analytical, argumentative, creative and collaborative skills.
Tournament of the Minds
Mixed teams of students from Year 5,6,7 and 8 compete in a series of critical and creative thinking activities, participating in spontaneous and long term challenges, that require them to use their collaborative skills and ingenuity in order to impress the judges. This competition encourages students to ‘think outside the box’ and push themselves to find original solutions that are presented in an imaginative and resourceful way.
da Vinci Decathlon: originating from Knox Grammar in NSW, this academically rigorous competition involves teams of 8 students competing against schools from across the state. There are 10 disciplines; English, General Knowledge, Maths and Chess, Codebreaking, Ideation, Engineering, Cartography, Art & Poetry, Science, Creative Producers. The event demands that all students work collaboratively, against the clock, to complete the challenges.
We have been so fortunate to secure the services of Akram Azimi, our scholar in residence, to guide the boys through a journey of philosophical inquiry, teaching them how about the question quadrant and community of inquiry principles. Every week, students immerse themselves in rich discussions about real world issues, learning how to build on each others’ ideas and to consider different points of view and perspectives.
UNSW Competitions: Run by the University of New South Wales and the Australian Mathematics Trust students can nominate to sit any of the following competition papers
- Digital Technologies
- Australian Maths Competition
Aviation Club: Students learn the principles of flying, theory and practical training on flight simulation.
Other clubs that encourage students to develop their talents in a wide range of areas include:
- Chess Club
- Speaker’s Challenge Club
- Writing Extension Club
- Science Club
- iMovie Club
- Music Fellowship Programme
- JS Choir
- Maths Extension Club
- How do you distinguish between enrichment, extension and acceleration?
Extension refers to the deepening of understanding offered to students in specific subject areas through differentiated curriculum within classroom teaching programmes.
Enrichment is distinguished from extension in that it refers to the broadening of learning opportunities and experiences beyond the regular differentiated curriculum within the classroom teaching programmes.
Acceleration occurs when students move through the traditional curriculum at rates faster than typical to match the level and complexity of the curriculum with the readiness and motivation of the student.
- What do you offer by way of extension in the Junior School?
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme offers a structure for extension by way of differentiation within the classroom learning programmes. Levels are determined through a careful process of pre and post testing in all subject areas and the curriculum is tailored accordingly to suit the student. Specific extension classes are offered in Mathematics from Years 2 to 5. Literacy and Numeracy extension sessions are co-ordinated between the Class Teacher and Enrichment Coordinator and delivered, on a needs basis, throughout Pre-Primary to Year 5.
- How are boys identified for Junior School Enrichment opportunities?
The Enrichment Programme (Pre-Primary- 5) offers a wide selection of opportunities across all subject learning areas. Students are selected by the College for Enrichment Programme opportunities via a number of pathways including;
- Teacher nomination
- Ed Psychological report
- Standardised tests of achievement and potential
- Off-level testing
Being accepted into an enrichment opportunity requires the student to be able to manage the normal curriculum and, at times, be withdrawn from classes to attend before and after school sessions.
The Enrichment Programme in Years Pre-Primary to 5 is overseen and directed by an Enrichment and Extension Co-ordinator in conjunction with Junior School Dean of Teaching and Learning. Teachers across the Junior School deliver different aspects of the programme dependent on expertise and areas of interest. Co-curricular enrichment opportunities can take the form of ongoing or short term intensive activities.