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Junior School

Years 2 to 6

Teaching and Learning

At Penrhos College Junior School, our vision is to create a future focused learning culture that empowers students to become independent, engaged, fulfilled, holistic learners. The College Core Shared Values of Respect, Empathy, Integrity, Knowledge, Synergy and Growth underpin all educational offerings.

The Junior School is a lighthouse school for the Global Digital Citizen Foundation where our approach embraces student-centered learning, and where students are engaged in exploring and solving real-world problems through an inquiry-based approach.

This approach fosters the development of the General Capabilities that are central to the Australian Curriculum. The Cross-Curriculum Imperatives of Asia Engagement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Cultures and Sustainability are embedded in the curriculum and inform teaching and learning.

Specialists programs are offered in Art, Music, Physical Education, Drama, Library, Dance and Languages. STEM education is offered through an integrated approach where students explore real-world problems which incorporate robotics, coding and design technologies. A well-resourced STEM laboratory provides and exploratory environment for the students.   

The established 1:1 notebook program in Years 3 to 6 is an integral part of developing a future focused learning culture. At Year 4, all students are provided with free tuition in a band instrument to stimulate their love of music. Additional voice training, instrumental lessons and additional Speech and Drama lessons are available.  Artsfest, a musical production involving all students in Year 3-6 is held biennially.

Our dedicated and passionate team of teachers provide rich and stimulating learning experiences. The classroom is an extension of the home and therefore, strong, positive relationships are built with the wider community including parents, grandparents, volunteers and Alumni.

As a lighthouse school for Global Digital Citizen Foundation style of learning we are able to cultivate exceptional learners that are largely self-directed and engaged. Children choose areas that have personal meaning for intensive inquiry and are highly motivated in the process. In this environment real-life problems are solved, talent is cultivated and potential is nurtured resulting in meaningful outcomes.

The vision for the Early Childhood Years is driven by excellence in practice and demonstrated by a commitment to the whole person paradigm; Heart, Body, Mind and Spirit. The collaborated development of a vision for the Junior School extends upon our philosophy to create a future-focused learning culture that empowers students to become independent, engaged, fulfilled, holistic learners.


Mind Heart
The teaching and learning program supports, nourishes and develops each child’s unique skills and talents resulting in learning experiences that inspire girls to achieve their personal best because of high levels of engagement, excitement and challenge.

  • Provision of Learning Enhancement
  • Differentiated and adapted learning programs that are strengths and skills based
  • Global Digital Citizen Foundation program (Fluencies)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Annual review of student progress to monitor growth and improvement
  • Child-centered to promote love of learning
Productive teacher student relationships are the essence of each learning environment within the Early Childhood Years. Each moment is an opportunity to reflect, grow and learn in an encouraging, safe and respectful environment where students are supported through role modelling and positive thinking skills.

  • The Keys to Success (You Can Do It!)
  • Kimochis
  • Protective Behaviours
  • Buddy initiatives
  • Mindfulness and reflection
  • Individual class welcome and identity
  • Whole school gatherings
  • School Counsellor
Body Spirit
Within a dynamic and exciting learning environment students are encouraged to develop their skills and talents across a wide range of physical pursuits. Our extensive program seeks to instill in each girl an enthusiasm for physical activities whilst building confidence and synergy.

  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
  • Morning Fitness
  • Co-curricular program
  • The Nature Playground
  • Fundamental Movement Skills
  • Specialised physical education
  • Participation in healthy living lifestyles
As a Uniting Church school, each child is enabled to experience growth in her spiritual journey. Regular Christian worship services and experiences of spiritual practices are an integral part of the educational journey.

  • Chapel with the Penrhos College Chaplain
  • Immersion in sacred spaces and practices
  • Meditation
  • Community relationships
  • Puzzle and book library
  • Cultivating social conscience and environmentalism
  • Sustainability practices
Pastoral Care - thrive

Learning to thrive at Penrhos is achieved through a curriculum based on best practice in positive psychology through the delivery of an age-appropriate teaching and learning structure. The Junior School thrive programs include:

You Can Do It!
The You Can Do It! Program is a school-home-community approach to helping young people achieve to the best of their ability and experience positive social-emotional wellbeing.  It focuses on five key foundations: confidence (academic and social), persistence, organisation, getting along and resilience. Central to the development of these foundations are 12 ‘Habits of the Mind’, which are types of thinking.

In Year 6, the students are involved in the GirlPower program for six weeks that aims to empower girls with the skills, language and self-confidence to develop healthy relationships. They learn about the qualities of a true friend, and how to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships and dealing with friendship conflicts.

All Junior School students have 15 minutes a day to practise mindfulness meditation in their classrooms with their teachers. Practising mindfulness can reduce stress, increase resilience, boost self-esteem, and improve attention leading to clearer and more focused thinking.

Protective Behaviours
The Protective Behaviours curriculum is a personal safety program that teaches a range of skills and strategies to: identify, respond to and find help in a range of unsafe situations. In Junior School, Protective Behaviours is taught using the program developed by WA Child Safety Services.

Buddy Classes
In Junior School, each class is allocated a buddy class, where two classes meet and share in activities to foster positive relationships between students of different ages, develop self-esteem and build confidence.

Digital Citizenship
Year 5 and 6 students undertake a series of lessons and activities designed to build a range of skills, knowledge and behaviours to assist them to stay safe and act in a positive way online.

Student Leadership
Leadership opportunities exist for students in Year 6 based on the whole person paradigm; mind, heart, body and spirit. Our structure recognises that students have different interests, abilities and talents, and various leadership positions allow them to harness these and develop their unique leadership style.

Learn more about our Thrive Program

Experiences outside the classroom allow students to learn, to have fun, to acquire and develop skills and to establish new and productive relationships with their peers, staff and other adults. Penrhos provides Junior School students with a range of non-competitive, independent, and casual activities across all areas of the whole person paradigm; Mind, Heart, Body.

Chess Club
Maths Club
Art Club

Suzuki Repertoire
Chamber Chorale
String Orchestra
Junior Voices
Percussion Ensemble
Wind Ensemble

Running Club
Dance Club
Swimming Club
Tennis Club
Cricket Club
Basketball Club
Netball Club
Soccer Club
Volleyball Club
Volleyball Development Squad
AFL Club
Hockey Club
Y2-4 Sporting Schools Soccer, Hockey, AFL and Cricket

Before and After School Care

We understand that many of our students have working parents who can’t always be at school for drop-off and pick-up times. To assist working families, we are pleased to offer Before and After School Care through our providers, Camp Australia.

We offer Before School Care from 7am and After School Care until 6pm. The Before and After School Care facility is located in our Junior School, which provides excellent facilities for students to play and engage in activities, and a convenient drop-off and pick-up point for parents. Students are provided with breakfast or afternoon tea, and participate in structured activities led by qualified carers.

The Federal Government Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is available. Eligibility for the subsidy is determined by three key elements – your combined family’s annual adjusted income, your child care fees (hourly rate caps apply for each service type) and your fortnightly activity (paid and unpaid work or study). For more information on what you are entitled to and how to claim, contact the Family Assistance Office on 136 150 or log into MyGov and complete your CCS assessment.

Parents can choose to have an ongoing arrangement with Camp Australia, or pay casual rates if childcare is only required for a limited time or on an ad-hoc basis.

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