In the Junior College we believe that the

student is at the heart of our work and focus


In the Junior College our practices that has its foundations within Early Childhood philosophies; that is, we believe that the student is at the heart of our work and focus.  

This includes the understanding that children are capable and competent and that children can actively construct their own learning and that learning should be dynamic, complex and holistic.

Learning in the Junior College involves students in making sense of the world. It is not simply about absorbing information but it is an active process of constructing meaning. Teaching is designed to support and personalise learning and help students evaluate what they know, extend or renew their knowledge and deepen their understanding.

"During this phase of schooling, children experience rapid growth and development. Students' early experiences in school help form their identities as learners."

Mrs Louise Morris, Director of Teaching and Learning (Years 1 to 6)

Underpinning our practice, we align to the College principles of teaching; Love, Laughter and Learning.

Love

We understand that the development of meaningful relationships in a supportive classroom environment is crucial in allowing our students to achieve academic excellence. The development of meaningful relationships between the teacher and student supports the students in reaching their full potential.

Laughter

In the Junior College we recognise research that values the importance of creating a supportive classroom environment where learning is active, fun and full of laughter and where planning involves careful and considered use of strategies for academic engagement.

Learning

Research suggests that when students from all backgrounds are expected to perform work of high intellectual quality, overall student academic performance increases. Within our programs we plan and design learning experiences to allow students to develop higher order thinking skills including critical and creative thinking, where students develop an understanding of the relationships between concepts and apply this new knowledge to solve problems, reason, construct explanations with justifications and create new knowledge.

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Learning

During this phase of schooling, children experience rapid growth and development. It is during this period; the task of formalising students' learning experiences begins as the foundation is laid for later learning. Students' early experiences in school help form their identities as learners.

A key purpose of the Junior College years is to help students develop a solid base of literacy, numeracy and social skills that will provide a foundation for later success. The outcomes are intended to engage students in rich learning experiences in which they develop understandings that both relate to and make connections across specific subject areas.

Our curriculum is developed from discipline based subjects and shaped to become inter-related; where concepts are taught within a purposeful and authentic learning context.

Here within the Junior College embed within the learning experiences are opportunities to use new generation tools and technologies so learning is transformed and students are able to apply 21stcentury fluencies and thinking to a real-world and inquiry based curriculum.

We have clearly defined an evidence based program to support the academic talent of our students to ensure they achieve personal and academic excellence. See the Academic Talent Program for further information.

In addition to the programs being implemented by each classroom teacher, the Junior College students also participate in specialist lessons each week including Drama, Health and Physical Education, Music and Technology. These lessons are taught by teachers who are specialists in each of these areas, thus helping students to develop the skill base in these subject areas from a much younger age.

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Co-curricular

Students in the Junior College have a range of opportunities to develop their interests and passions beyond the classroom walls. Students have the opportunity to be actively involved in a range of co-curricular opportunities including participation in the instrumental music program and other various cultural pursuits from visual art classes to drama and dance classes. We have a very active technology program, students can elect to become part of the robotics club and participate in a range of school holiday workshops. Junior College students are able to explore a range of sporting opportunities including swimming, athletics and various team sports. 

In addition to this, the Junior College calendar also includes two exciting events –Junior College Showcase (a music/drama performance featuring all children) and Celebration of Excellence, where all children are awarded for demonstration of personal excellence. Junior College students can also enrol in private music tuition or engage in After College Electives that are offered throughout the year.

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Parent Involvement

We appreciate and value the importance of home and school partnerships in ensuring students are happy, resilient and achieving academic success. Regular feedback to parents plays a vital role in the Junior College. This is achieved through a variety of formats including verbal feedback, digital communication platforms, parent-teacher interviews and formal reporting. Parents are warmly welcomed into the Junior College classrooms at any time and many parents enjoy the opportunity to assist in the classrooms on a regular basis.

JUNIOR COLLEGE NEWS

SHELDON COLLEGE TENNIS FEATURES ON NATIONAL TV
THURSDAY 06 DECEMBER, 2018
The award-winning Sheldon College Tennis program was this morning showcased on Channel 9’s Today show as part of Nine’s promotion of the Brisbane International and the upcoming...
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SHELDON TECH WIZARDS TO THE RESCUE
THURSDAY 01 NOVEMBER, 2018
The Junior College Robotics team, the Sheldon College Tech Wizards Rescue, competed in "the educational game of the new millennium", the 2018 RoboCup Junior Australia Open National...
SHELDON COLLEGE STUDENTS SHARE IN NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME
THURSDAY 24 MAY, 2018
This week saw over 720 Sheldon College students ranging from Kindergarten through to Year 6 participate in National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) which included more than...
SHELDON COLLEGE CLAIMS SWIMMING DOUBLE
MONDAY 14 MAY, 2018
Sheldon College completed the 2018 double, winning both the Junior, The Associated Schools (JTAS) Years 3 to 6 and the Greater Brisbane Conference (GBC) Years...
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FRIDAY 27 APRIL, 2018
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ALEXANDRA GOES A CUT ABOVE
FRIDAY 20 APRIL, 2018
Last week, Sheldon College Year 4 student, Alexandra Barr took the brave step of chopping off her long hair for charity. Alexandra donated her hair...
STUDENTS TUNE INTO HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS
WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL, 2018
Sheldon College recently held three Holiday Technology Workshops for students in Years 1 to 10. Students immersed themselves in the evolving worlds of programming, design...