2017 Teachers

JP - Mary Petroski

JJ - Jessica Viola

JN - Van Nguyen

JS - Sharon Patterson

JD - Damla Mutluel

JMS - Miki Shimazu




The Junior Team believes that every student should have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability in a safe and supportive environment. 

We believe that young learners need:

-Equal access and rights

-A safe, secure and supportive place to learn

-The opportunity to explore and take risks

-To be encouraged in their learning and feel good about themselves

-Teachers who inspire them with a passion for learning



The Literacy Program in the Junior Team is based on the philosophies of the Early Years Literacy Program.

The program aims to develop the students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through daily literacy activities and explicit teaching.

Each session follows the Whole Class, Small Group, Whole Class structure.

Our classroom programs focus on:



-Developing an enjoyment of reading

-Using prediction of what is to come in the text

-Being able to retell a story preserving sequence and detail 




-Developing an understanding that writing is a form of communication

-Writing simple texts about personally significant topics

-Introducing children to a range of text types

-Establishing a base vocabulary of high frequency words 




-Having opportunities to interact in structured and informal situations

-Expressing thoughts clearly

-Being able to follow oral instructions



The Reading Intervention Program is run for grade 1 students who are at risk with furthering their reading and writing development. 



Students attend library sessions once a week. Students are encouraged to borrow books every week that they can share at home with their families.


Students are involved in a wide range of activities through which they can actively build upon mathematical ideas in the following areas:


Number & Algebra

Measurement & Geometry

Statistics & Probability


The program aims to develop mathematical thinkers by:

-Providing a range of activities that will involve the students in solving practical real-life problems

-Encouraging students to verbalise strategies used to solve problems

-Promoting a variety of ways to demonstrate understanding

-Building on existing skills and knowledge

-Encouraging the students to evaluate their own ideas




Inquiry in the Juniors involves students exploring new concepts through a range of engaging activities that encourage them to discover and wonder about their world.

The Juniors cover the following inquiry topics over a 2 year rotation:

  • Who am I? Who are we?
  • What foods keep us healthy?
  • How do we care for our garden?
  • Why should we recycle?
  • How do we care for our animals?
  • How does the weather change?


These topics are explored through a variety of activities including Excursions and Incursions.








In the Junior team, we believe that the teaching of values provides the foundation for building healthy relationships and establishing a safe and supportive learning environment.

These are some of the values we explore:

  • Friendship
  • Respect/ Tolerance
  • Sharing/ Co-operation
  • Responsibility




Explore the Junior's Wiki with your child and play some educational games at home.