As educators, we are faced with the challenge of considering the bigger picture and teaching the types of skills, dispositions and knowledge that will be relevant for our girls in future years.
Most of the primary school reform efforts to date have focused on making the traditional model work better, rather than creating an alternative.
Our revolutionary and innovative Junior Years model has been guided by the latest global research on how to help girls learn best, coupled with an evolved understanding of teaching and learning. The result is a renewed focus on delivering more impactful teaching and a more vibrant curriculum that is better suited to how girls learn at this age.
In an ever-changing world, we recognise that a clear way of improving achievement and promoting equity as we future-proof our girls, is to broaden the number of students who are given high level opportunities. Unique to Seymour, this is achieved through an individualised, targeted, supported, and connected small group model.
Research states that any form of small-grouping, whether teacher-selected or mixed ability, is better than the traditional ‘whole class instruction’. Seymour Junior Years girls work in small English and Mathematics groups for extended periods of time every day. Individual growth and student success are monitored closely, with small groups ensuring that no child falls through the cracks or goes under the radar. Our girls are challenged, supported, and learning for extended periods of time, because we know that’s how girls learn best.
Seymour’s unique small group model puts girls first, right from the beginning. It builds strong academic foundations, setting girls up for a future of success, and options. Underpinned by a culture of kindness and friendship, our girls just simply love school.
We know that the single most powerful influence on achievement is the teacher. As such our attention is directed towards higher quality teaching and higher expectations, understanding that all students from Prep to Year 6 can meet appropriate challenges within this small group learning model. We recognised early that expert teachers differ from experienced ones and therefore identified, esteemed, and trained our teachers to be experts in their fields.
At Seymour College, we are committed to preparing our students for participation and leadership in an increasingly complex digital world and, as part of that, supporting the development of their digital citizenship skills.
Students in Years 3-6 will be assigned a College laptop.
Seymour College acknowledges that the land where we live, learn and work is the traditional lands of the Kaurna people, the original people of the Adelaide Plains and wooded foothills of the Mt Lofty Ranges, where Seymour College now stands.