Junior School

The Seymour Junior School, beginning with our Prep program for four-year old girls, followed by Reception through to Year 5, is leading the way in best practice primary education for girls.

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 entirely different approach.

Embarking on a revolutionary new approach to learning, our innovative Junior School model, commencing in 2020, 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.

It’s about providing them with specialist teachers in all subjects to guide them throughout their junior schooling and creating an environment that provides the very best wellbeing and support for our girls.

There’s nothing like this happening in South Australia, and we would love you to come on a tour of the Junior School to see it for yourself.

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.

Current Prep parent, Lucy, describes her experience:

“Our youngest daughter was lucky enough to join the new Seymour Prep program this year, and what an amazing year it has been. Children are like sponges when they are young, and the Prep program takes full advantage of this. What she has learned this year is the equivalent to what our two other children learned in their Reception year.

And all this learning has occurred in a caring, creative and inclusive environment, which has assisted in developing her confidence, not only in her learning but also herself. It is a truly wonderful program on offer at Seymour.”

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.