Junior School 2020 Strategy
Taking our Junior School into the future
The School Council and I take great delight in announcing some exciting developments as part of the Junior School 2020 strategy.
This has been formulated based on listening to our community and gaining feedback to ensure we meet the needs of our current and future families. It is our duty to provide a school environment that is responsive to our parental community and one that delivers the very best opportunities for Perth College students.
From next year we are launching a Pre-Kindergarten program which will be run from our Founders Centre on a three-day or five-day basis. This focussed early learning program will be located in the current after-school space and will share some facilities and learning areas with Kindergarten.
At this time Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be offered as co-educational programs to allow parents with young children the ease of one drop-off during their early years prior to the commencement of formal school in Preparatory.
Perth College has no plans to extend co-educational offerings to any other years within the School and will continue to focus on delivering a high-quality education to girls.
Perth College has previously provided co-educational Kindergarten from 1902 through to the early 1990’s.
The co-educational offerings within the School will include:
- PC Playtime – Playgroup from birth to three years
- Vacation Care
- Pre-Kindergarten – for three-year-olds
- Kindergarten – three-year-olds turning four as well as four-year-olds
- Holiday programs for older children including Senior School students
Finally, we will offer two classes of Year 3 and Year 5 in 2020. Our Year 6 students will be in three classes while Year 4 students will remain as one class. In 2021, we will re-evaluate the needs of our community and decide how many classes we will run in Year 3 and 5. Our goal is to remain agile with our offering each year.
We have made this change as the School continues to experience waitlists for places in Year 3 and Year 4 with a slight contraction in Year 5 interest at this stage. This will enable the School to provide a structure that best meets the needs of our community on an ongoing basis.
The two Year 3 classes will be located in Founders where the current Year 3 and Year 4 classes operate. The Year 4 through to Year 6 classes will be located in the central Junior School building.
We have developed some Frequently Asked Questions below about the Junior School 2020 Strategy which should assist with any queries you may have. I am also happy to receive feedback.
We thank you for your ongoing support.