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Junior School

Private Primary School for Years 3 to 6

Teaching and Learning

Our Junior School vision is to establish a future-focused learning culture that empowers students to become independent, engaged, fulfilled, holistic, lifelong learners. We promote developmentally appropriate cognitive growth, socio-emotional development and lifelong learning for students in Years 3 – 6. High quality education and care set a positive trajectory for every child, helping to ensure her transition into Secondary School is a smooth one.

Our pedagogy is learner-centred; we recognise that critical thinking and problem-solving skills are vital in an increasingly complex world and so we foster and promote a process of inquiry, in which students are stimulated and engaged in identifying, exploring and solving real-world problems. In addition to the core subjects, students are also introduced to specialist subjects such as Music, Languages, Art and STEM classes. The girls enjoy a varied timetable, involving movement between different locations, together with responsibility for a personal notebook computer from Year 4.

In the Junior School, structured assessment is important in identifying areas for development and informing growth in student learning. Teachers collaborate over formal data to inform the differentiation, levels of support and extension required to establish academic growth over time.

Your daughter will be presented with a range of stimulating opportunities for self-discovery through inspiring student experiences, including her first school Outdoor Education camp in Year 4 Point Walter camp, our Year 5 Swan Valley experience and our interstate tour to Canberra for the entire Year 6 cohort. Year 6 is the culmination of the Junior School experience – this is when your daughter will be excited and challenged by further opportunities in leadership, co-curricular and pastoral care areas, as she begins her supported transition into Secondary School.

Pastoral Care - Connect

In 2020 we welcomed new Head of Junior School, Wayne Revitt, whose career experience spans more than 18 years in the independent education sector. Wayne is President of the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) WA and inaugural Vice-Chair of the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) WA Branch. Wayne’s priority is  improving and developing our practice around wellbeing in the Junior School.

As parents, we are constantly reminded about the mental health challenges faced by our children. We also know that by 2030 our Pre-K will be graduating from Secondary School at a time when depression will be the greatest burden of disease across the planet (World Health Organisation).

Our response to the issues our girls face as is crucial; as teachers and parents, we aim to provide our daughters with the best possible start in life, to grow their sense of self and to equip them with the academic skills and emotional toolkit they need to be ready for the world. To achieve this, we work in close partnership with families to develop the same language and the same goals so that we may work together towards the same outcomes.

In Junior School, the girls develop their sense of self, learn to regulate emotions, read emotions in others and develop their own emotional vocabulary. These years are the foundation – or even the springboard – into adolescence and it is important to make certain this foundation is secure. Our wellbeing program in Junior School is called Connect – it is designed to nurture your daughter’s emotional health from her early years, through to adolescence. As a wellbeing-enabling institution, Penrhos College is proactive in its approach, seeking to constantly add value to your daughter’s understanding of herself and her contribution to the world. We help develop strong women who feel good about themselves, function well in school and do good in the wider world.


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 and Spirit.

Mind Heart Body Spirit
Chess Club Speech and Drama AFL Club Sights, Sounds, Tastes and People of...
Maths Mentor Chamber Chorale Basketball Club Bible Study
STEM Club Junior Strings Badminton
Da Vinci Decathlon Junior Voices Cricket Club
Future Problem Solving Percussion Ensemble Dance Club
Art Club Wind Ensemble Hockey Club
Chinese Sinfonietta Netball Club
Homework Support Club Instrumental and vocal lessons Running Club
Minecraft Club Swimming Club
Soccer Club
Tennis Club
Volleyball Club
Volleyball Development Squad
Y2-4 Sporting Schools Soccer, Hockey, AFL and Cricket
Carnaby Kids
Dragon X

In 2022, we launched the Penrhos Dragon X program. Dragon X is an extended school day for Penrhos students, from Kindergarten to Year 6. Dragon X is managed and staffed by the Penrhos Junior School and we are pleased to be able to provide this service for our families.  Dragon X complements our enhanced co-curricular program.

The home base for Dragon X is the Junior School library. Penrhos Dragon X key staff  oversee the program and supervise students each morning and afternoon. In the morning, students can arrive from 7.15am and will be directed to classrooms on opening at 8.15am. In the afternoon, students will attend Dragon X from 3.15pm to 6pm. From 3.30pm to 4.30pm, students may participate in a co-curricular activity and then return to the library. Dragon X and co-curricular staff  work together to direct students to, and from, co-curricular activities.