We strive towards equipping students for the future
Our world is rapidly changing. A different kind of learning is needed from that of a generation ago. Now children must learn how to learn. They must learn how to access information, think critically and apply higher order thinking skills. Children must learn to question and to form values, ideas and opinions. They are encouraged to work cooperatively and develop strong social skills. Children are encouraged to be creative, resourceful and independent learners.
The subject areas offered within our Junior School academic program are:
- English – Language, Literacy and Literature
- Mathematics – Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability
- Humanities – History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business
- Christian and Values Education
- The Creative Arts – Music, Art, Drama, Media, Dance
- Health and Physical Education
- Languages – Japanese
- Digital Technology
The First Year of School
TAS has successfully operated its Preparatory Program since 1991.
TAS Jump Start offers:
- Cutting-edge teaching and learning technology to support your child’s learning success, including a Perceptual Motor Skills Training Program to link the child’s body and mind together for better learning.
- Specialist Music, Japanese, Art, Swimming and Physical Education programs.
- Genuine open door policy and parent engagement.
- Specialist Early Years curriculum including development of literacy and numeracy skills.
- Kitchen, Garden, and Healthy Eating Program.
The Australian Curriculum provides a framework for the TAS Preparatory Program. The building blocks for literacy and numeracy provide a strong foundation for students’ academic growth.
At the end of the year, students are carefully transitioned to Year 1.
Meeting the Needs of Our Early Adolescents
Transition activities play an important role in preparing our Year 5 and Year 6 students for their Senior School years. Some of the activities that have been arranged to support this transition include:
- TAS Taster: Students experience a ‘taste’ of Senior School for a day. Year 5 and Year 6 students are broken into Yakka groups, led by senior students, where they ask questions about Senior School. Afterwards, they rotate through different subject areas and create an artefact as a souvenir of the day. Students are provided an opportunity to share lunch with the Principal and other school leaders.
- The Year 7 Familiarisation Day takes place in Term 4, at which time students are welcomed by an honour guard of senior students.
- ‘A Day in the Shoes of a Year 7 Student’: Year 6 students spend a day with a special Year 7 buddy shadowing them through an actual day of classes sometime in Term 4.
In addition to the co-curricular activities program, students in Year 5 and Year 6 will be involved in a weekly program that develops the Round Square IDEALS:
OptiMINDS, cooking, yoga, theatre sports, public speaking, cartooning, orienteering, various sports, water polo, environmental studies, community service, gardening, surf lifesaving and first aid, are some of the activities on offer.