Our Junior School has been specifically designed to promote collaboration and creativity in a safe and secure environment. It includes internal and external learning spaces and play areas where students can enjoy diverse and stimulating experiences. Junior School students will also have access to other specialist facilities in the College.
The Pre-kindergarten Programme caters for children who have turned three years of age but are not yet old enough to be in the Kindergarten Programme. The programme is designed to be developmentally appropriate and meet the children’s interests and needs. Session times are every Monday and/or Friday 9:00am to 2:30pm. Parent involvement is welcome.
Acceptance into the Pre-kindergarten Programme does not guarantee enrolment into Kindergarten. Kindergarten applications are required separately.
Junior School starts in the Early Learning Centre, the Tui building, for Pre-kindergarten to Year One. At Holy Cross College, we aim to foster the intellectual and creative development of inquisitive early learners inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. The curriculum for our youngest students promotes a sense of identity and well being, allowing for the development of confident and engaged learners. Children are encouraged to develop an enjoyment of learning, an understanding of the world around them and positive relationships with others. Our learning spaces are set up in innovative ways to encourage curiosity, inquiry and exploration.
Children starting in Year Two move up to the Fitzroy building where learning experiences are designed to provide a firm foundation for future learning. The child-centred approach continues and is enhanced with the move through to concrete experiences and introduction of abstract thinking. There is a continued focus on literacy and numeracy, as well as social, emotional and physical development. Holy Cross College is a future-focused school and the use of information communication technology is an integral part of the learning programme.
In Year Six, students move to the Paris building, designed to facilitate their transition into Middle School. Learning experiences are specifically designed to extend students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students work collaboratively to develop their understanding of the world around them. There is an increased focus on student responsibility, ownership and organisation for learning.