A child’s learning environment has a significant impact on how they absorb information. From their very first years until they graduate, Preshil children learn in stimulating surroundings that enhance their education and development.
The junior school, named Arlington, was designed by a collaboration of Preshil children and award-winning architect Kevin Borland.
Cottage-style classrooms sit in a landscape that inspires the children’s sense of wonder and imagination. Learning spaces include elevated platforms under a canopy of trees, garden retreats and inspiring classrooms.
Nestled in the heart of our junior campus is the 3s and 4s. Even at this young age, children are seen as competent, capable, rich in potential and able to construct their own views. By encouraging them to create and explore from their first years, their imagination grows. So begins their journey of discovery. Here we build upon children’s passions, creativity and wonder.
5s to 11s (Prep to Grade 6)
From the moment they start junior school, our children are guided through activities that nourish their personal development as well as their literacy and numeracy. With curiosity and determination they build cubby houses, engage in play making, create projects and explore their world with others.
From the earliest years opportunities are provided to express their point of view, through daily meetings in the classroom and weekly junior school forums.
As well as the core subjects which include Art and Drama, all children at Arlington learn French. They also enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing, movement and dance. We have a thriving instrumental program and run extra curricular orchestral and vocal groups, with many children also having private tuition.
Ready for their Senior School years
By the time our students finish junior school, they’re developing their own voice. Their intellectual and physical abilities are highly developed and they can enter the next stage of their schooling with confidence.
Armed with confidence and initiative, Preshil students are equipped to make thoughtful and judicious choices regarding their own education and development. The spirit of creativity and discovery founded in the junior years continues to shape the curriculum into Year 7 and beyond.
Learning Portfolios are sent home twice yearly, for one week, to enable students to reflect further on their learning with their parents and other family members. A learning portfolio is a purposeful collection of work that documents the children’s development over the year. It demonstrates growth and reflections that have occurred during the learning process.
“Children learn best when their individual differences are taken into consideration” (Vosniadou 2001 p.25)