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 with our Prep program for four year old girls, 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.

Our Prep program

Seymour Prep. The best start for your four year old daughter.

Connection is fundamentally important for young learners.

Connection impacts on girls’ learning, behaviour and their sense of worth and belonging. This starts in Prep, our four year old program, where girls connect through the development and broadening of the skills they have already learnt in their early years.

Our carefully crafted Prep curriculum develops each girl’s knowledge, identity, connection and wellbeing. At the heart of the learning program is a strong focus on oral literacy and high quality teaching to engage every girl and ensure a very smooth transition into Reception.

Girls will be immersed in a broad range of learning experiences including Art, Chinese, Library, Music, PE and an introduction to STEM. Throughout the program, girls are always encouraged to embrace their natural curiosity, in turn strengthening connections with their learning.

The Prep day is aligned to the Junior School day and operates from 8.25am–3.25pm, with additional care provided outside of these hours, if needed. The Prep curriculum is designed to be delivered over 5 days each week but placements can be flexible to meet the needs of individual families.

As her world begins to open up at this crucial age, the individual attention provided in Prep, matched to the unique needs of every girl, will connect her to the Junior School and give her the perfect start to her schooling.

To learn more, please contact Sally Penn, Director of Enrolments and Community Relations, via email at sjpenn@seymour.sa.edu.au, call 8303 9000 or click to book a tour of the College.

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 is determined annually according to interest. More information will be provided to students and parents during the year.

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
  • 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.