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.
Maths Olympiad: Identified students participate in challenging problem-solving activities with like-minded students. Maths Olympiad aims to foster mathematical creativity, develop flexibility in problem solving, strengthen mathematical intuition and provide for the satisfaction, joy and thrill of mastering challenging problems.
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.
Speakers Challenge: Students in Year 5 prepare a persuasive argument that is presented at to their cohort. Intensive workshops allow the boys practice, guidance and advice in public speaking. The top nine 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.
Last year saw the inaugural Junior Philosothon staged in Busselton, where schools from all over Western Australia congregated to explore and unpack many deep, philosophical questions in Communities of Inquiry. The children considered the following topics;
- What makes you, you?
- Is it possible to always be a good person?
- How do you know if something is real?
- Are we truly free?
Facilitators look for students who can critically think, be creative in their responses and ideas and collaborate with their peers.
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
- First Lego League
- Chess and Checkers
- Philosophy Club
- Science Club
- Debating Club
- Escape Room
- Sinfonietta and JS Orchestra
- 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.