The Kimberley College Primary School offers a unique learning environment with a genuine commitment to differentiation and catering to the diverse needs of all students. Above all else, we want our primary students to feel safe, happy, nurtured and loved. As a result, our learning spaces provide fun, exciting and meaningful student-centred learning experiences designed to inspire and empower students through thematic teaching. Themes in the primary school often have moral components which allow the students to examine issues in depth, even at an early age, and these learning environments prepare their young minds to thrive, specifically in relation to personal development and academic success.
Primary School Co-ordinator
The primary school is divided into four multi-aged classrooms: Kokomini (Prep), Kokowara (Years 1 and 2), Waka Waka (Years 3 and 4) and Gubbi Gubbi (Years 5 and 6). Teaching and learning experiences are shaped by social justice issues whilst also nurturing moral intelligence. Our multi-aged classes remove the focus on a specific year level thus allowing all students the opportunity to experience success at their various levels of ability. This leads to improved self-confidence and self-worth which are vital in developing a love of life-long learning. Our primary school curriculum is designed and delivered through collaborative teaching teams who facilitate teaching and learning experiences for all individual student needs. These teams – comprised of two full-time teachers and a full-time teacher aide – provide support to students’ social, emotional and academic development. All students within the primary school also participate in Music, Art and Library sessions with specialist teachers.
During their foundational years of learning and in order to prepare them for their time at the College, we introduce the students to the concept of ‘thinking’. Students learn to think creatively and critically through the use of specific strategies including Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, Mind Mapping, Multiple Intelligences, Socratic Circles, Habits of Mind, and asking Essential Questions. Students are empowered and challenged through self-reflection, group learning, problem-solving and community involvement.
At Kimberley College we provide an alternative means of ‘testing’ in the primary school. The capabilities of the students are tracked within the classroom through personalised learning experiences, day-to-day interactions with the students, and diversity (in the form of content, context, structure and style). The principles of Marzano’s “The Art and Science of Teaching” have been implemented, along with changes to reporting that focus on individual effort rather than a normative curve.
The primary classrooms are located at the front of the campus for easy parental access. The lower primary boasts two beautiful, purpose-built classrooms with outdoor play space for the children. The upper primary classrooms are structured to reflect the learning spaces in the middle school. Within the grounds is a new ‘Primary Only Zone’ which contains a playground, undercover eating facilities and handball courts. Students of the primary school also have access to the undercover futsal and multi-purpose courts.
Throughout their learning journey in the primary school, students are offered opportunities to participate in extra-curricular pursuits including Bush School, Opti-MINDS and the RAW Challenge to name just a few. In the senior years of primary school, students develop as leaders through their involvement in a leadership program, camp and our Invictus Human Relationships Program. The primary school students also participate in their very own annual sports carnivals including cross-country, athletics and swimming.
Overall, the Kimberley College Primary School is a place where students can feel safe, take risks, celebrate their differences, and develop a love of learning and success through individual learning experiences.