Learning in the Junior School at Ambrose Treacy College
In the Junior School, teachers follow the Australian Curriculum. Students study the following subjects:
• English – core teacher
• Mathematics –ability grouped.
• Humanities & Social Studies – core teacher
• Science – core teacher
• Religious Education – core teacher
• Health and Physical Education – specialist teacher
• Japanese – specialist teacher
• Music – specialist teacher
• Visual Art – specialist teacher
• Library and I Skills – specialist teacher
• Digital Technology – specialist teacher
Across subjects, teachers embed the General Capabilities, with a particular focus on Literacy and Numeracy. Teachers in the Junior School are trained in Reading to Learn pedagogy. Additionally, the College has a whole school writing program which include talk homework, on demand writing, explicit teaching of 12 sentence types and explicit teaching of different paragraph types. Teachers across the Junior School use a common language around writing instruction to enhance the transfer of information across classes.
As well as following the Australian Curriculum, Junior School teachers build an engaging learning environment in which boys are motivated, energetic learners. The Australian Curriculum is covered in an engaging way, which reflects boys’ interests and learning styles. The enthusiasm shown by boys for taking risks and having a go is capitalised upon to create a stimulating learning environment.
The students in the Junior School have a homeroom where they spend most of their classroom time. It is fully air-conditioned and has a refrigerator for use by the boys to store their lunches and drinks. The classrooms are equipped with a range of teaching aids which include laptops, interactive whiteboards, iPads and data projectors. These teaching aids, grouped with direct cable and wireless internet connection, extend the students learning beyond the classroom and out to the World Wide Web.
Ambrose Treacy College recognises a diverse student population and provides an environment where all learners feel safe, valued, and have a sense of belonging. Our Whole School Approach to Inclusion ensures that all students are provided with effective differentiation across all areas of school life – classroom environment, pedagogy, pastoral care, co-curricular and service. In further support, Personalised Support Plans are created for any learner with a diagnosis, who is identified as requiring additional support through our Inclusive Practices Department. Staff at the College are supported to engage with and use this plan as a framework to ensure that all learners have equitable access to the curriculum.
A Case Manager is allocated to each year level to collaboratively build strong relationships with families through the process of formal stakeholder meetings in consultation with health professionals to ensure best supports for identified students. The Inclusive Practices Department works closely with not only families and health professionals, but also the student. This is to ensure that they are part of the process of planning and implementing adjustments for both their learning and/or social emotional needs.
Ambrose Treacy College supports students through:
• Curriculum Release and Support Classes
• Literacy Intervention Programs
• Break out/Chill out spaces
• Social skills programs
• Assistive Technology
• Assessment Adjustments
Ambrose Treacy College values and recognises the academic achievements and talents of learners across the Junior School. Through a range of external competitions students challenge and develop their problem-solving skills, create projects and reflect on learning as a team. Within the classroom teachers differentiate learning to ensure all learners are provided with challenge and extending opportunities.
Enrichment programs vary across the College semester electives, subject ability groupings and individual and team competitions.
• DaVinci Decathlon
• Metropolitan West Maths Teams Challenge
• Mathematics extension classes
• Australian Mathematics competition
• Days of Excellence
Students will be selected to participate in these extension programs, based on his performance in class, as a result of his performance in recent external testing and teacher recommendation.