Junior School

Seymour College is regarded as one of the nation’s leading independent schools for girls.

The education offered in our Junior School, beginning in the Early Years, followed by Reception through to Year 5 – is dedicated to empowering girls to become women of strength, optimism and justice.

We provide a safe, supportive and engaging environment that nurtures the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes conducive to learning.

Our girls are encouraged to build strong and positive relationships and to challenge themselves at school and beyond. Being principled, caring and open-minded is valued and celebrated. 

The wellbeing of every girl is important and is embedded within our entire framework for learning. We encourage and teach our girls resiliency and to persevere in the face of challenge.

Above all the Junior School strives to nurture curiosity and a keen enthusiasm for learning.

You can download your copy of the Junior School brochure here.

The Learners

Alloway (Pre-school): Play, move and explore - excite me!

Reception: Active, curious and spontaneous – know me!   

Year 1: Energetic, perceptive and knowledgeable – support me!

Year 2: Confident, enthusiastic and creative – inspire me!

Year 3: Agile, adventurous and inquisitive – challenge me!

Year 4: Determined, focused and spirited –  empower me!

Year 5: Thinker, risk taker and independent – let me lead!

Learning Communities

We have conceptualised two unique learning communities to empower and connect each girl to the community.

Village One (Pre-School to Year 2)

  • Children develop a strong sense of belonging, are self-assured, competent and knowledgeable
  • Teachers know every girl and work collaboratively to cultivate strategies to enrich learning programs
  • Provides the very best possible start to school, developing excellent literacy and numeracy standards through inquiry and playful approaches to learning with technology viewed as an embedded tool
  • Our youngest girls are learning about themselves, how to be with others and are supported to find ways to serve the wider community

Village Two (Years 3 to 5)

  • Our girls are questioners, adept at researching ideas that matter and ready to transform the known into something new
  • They have high social and emotional intelligence and are continuing to learn how to manage their emotions and develop their identity
  • Looking beyond their local community, they view themselves as global citizens who have an obligation to make a difference in the world
  • Year 5 is the final year in the Junior School and our girls demonstrate their leadership skills through the roles and opportunities that exist exclusively for them

Our Villages

  • Prioritise the arts
  • Use technology to support and enrich learning
  • Deeply personalise the learning experience and use a targeted approach for learning support
  • Take a transdisciplinary approach to learning through the PYP

Curriculum

The curriculum offered in the Junior School reflects an inquiry learning approach that builds upon the students prior learning and past experiences. While the teaching of literacy and numeracy is a core component of the curriculum, there is also a strong focus on social, emotional, physical and spiritual development.

The curriculum aims to foster the ability to think critically and creatively, within a framework of inquiry-learning and discovery, such that students are able to make valid and meaningful connections between their learning and their developing worldview. Seymour College offers the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (as a Candidate school) for Reception –Year 5.

Under the leadership of our teachers, our girls will strengthen their skills of inquiring, thinking and communicating and become open-minded, courageous, caring, balanced, reflective, knowledgeable and principled in their interactions with each other and their world.

Students study core subjects including:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences) – Geography, History, Civics and Citizenship (from Year 3) and Economics and Business (from Year 5)
  • Religion and Values Education
  • Personal Development
  • Technologies – Digital Technologies and Design and Technologies

Further, all students take part in extensive specialist programs in:

  • The Arts – Visual Arts, Media Arts, Music, Dance and Drama
  • Languages – Chinese 
  • Health and Physical Education

Enrichment

Extensive student support opportunities, available for students with specific learning needs, are coordinated by our experienced Learning Diversity teaching team, and take many forms. Individual support and group learning interventions work in parallel with classroom programs and involve substantial collaboration between classroom teachers and our Learning Diversity specialists. Learning interventions span the learning spectrum and include enrichment, extension and support programs as required.

Regular, ongoing, formative and summative assessment tools are used across the Junior School to gather cumulative data in relation to each girls' strengths, needs and progress. This information is shared regularly with parents and is used to inform current learning goals and programs.

Reception students undertake a school entry screening process early in their first term at school. This assessment tool enables us to identify areas of need and strength very early and adapt each students learning program to meet their learning requirements.

Co-curriculum

Co-curricular activities are offered and encouraged as extras at no additional charge. The range of activities that are offered include:

  • Drama Club
  • Games Club
  • Science Club
  • Chess Club
  • Eco Club
  • Computer Club
  • Photography Club
  • Debating Club
  • Writer's Club

Advanced music students are invited to audition for the Junior School Orchestra and Recorder Group. Year 4 and 5 students may audition for the Choir. All string players are invited to join ensembles appropriate to their ability.

Girls have the opportunity to play interschool sport in the following areas:

  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Minkey
  • Netball
  • Nettaball
  • Soccer
  • Tee-ball
  • Tennis

Many girls are actively involved in SAPSASA interschool athletics, swimming and cross-country competitions.

Extra-Curriculum

Extra curricular activities are offered at a cost as an additional service. The activities currently offered include:

  • Lunchtime tennis coaching by a professional tennis coach;
  • After school gymnastic classes in school gymnasium; and
  • Private instrumental music lessons.

Mid-year Reception entry

Seymour College Junior School offers a mid-year intake into its Reception year in Semester 2.

This Mid-Year Reception class, catering for girls who turn five between 30 April and 30 June, begins full time attendance at school in Term 3.

This will enable students to experience three semesters (18 months) of our Reception program, instead of the traditional two semesters (12 months) and will provide young students with individually appropriate learning challenges that will differ from their current Seymour Early Years program. It will provide a challenging, nurturing environment that will lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Sally Penn, Director of Enrolments on 8303 9000 or email enrolments@seymour.sa.edu.au