Years 3-5: Building Young Leaders
The Junior College supports children as they shift from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’. Learning experiences take into account the increased importance of peers and higher levels of cognitive skills including the ability to become increasingly self-reflective and outward looking. Children are challenged to extend themselves and achieve their full potential across all dimensions of life and to be increasingly independent in their learning. The continuation of a differentiated curriculum caters for individual needs and supports children as they continue their development in English, Mathematics, Christian Studies, Science and SOSE. Specialists teaching in the areas of Japanese, Health and Physical Education and Music are continued. Learning in the area of Information Technology builds young people’s capacity to code and program simple robots and is also formally incorporated across all key learning areas.
Year 5 students have the opportunity to participate in formal leadership roles of the Junior and Foundation Colleges. Connections with senior student leaders also assist in the development of leadership skills.
The broad ranging benefits that come through involvement in team sport are gained through participation in the winter and summer team sport competitions of the Sunshine Coast Independent School’s Sport Association (SCISSA). As well as bringing significant health benefits, team sports build character, a strong sense of belonging, enjoyment and teamwork. Student participation in SCISSA begins in Year 4.
To support the development of well-rounded individuals, Junior College students are strongly encouraged to participate in cultural activities including various music groups, ensembles and special events such as Eisteddfods and the Wakakirri. All students in Year 3 and 4 learn the violin and Year 5 students learn a concert band instrument as part of their classroom music experience.
In partnership with parents and through the curriculum, Pacific provides a wide range of opportunities for students to interact with others, take leadership roles and make a valuable contribution to the life of the College and the wider community. As part of student wellbeing, ‘Circle Time’ addresses the social and emotional needs of Junior College students. The program incorporates a range of skills to assist students to establish, develop and maintain positive relationships.