Our Junior School will give your child a remarkable start in life
From day one at Perth College we instill the idea that each and every girl can follow her passions and excel in whatever she sets her mind to.
The first few years of a child’s education are critical in developing a love of learning, so we place great importance on nurturing this passion and helping to build confident, curious learners. Our unique InsideOut program is based on the power of self-leadership and positive education. When you visit the Junior School, you really can feel the positivity and connection, both in the playground and in the classrooms.
The Perth College Junior School is made up of PC Playtime, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary (in Mount Lawley heritage houses that feel like home), Lower Primary from Years 1 to 4, and Upper Primary for Year 5 and 6. Boys are welcome at Perth College in our PC Playtime, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs.
We pay close attention to the development of girls from primary school throughout high school, using a broad curriculum and activities that allow students to follow their interests. We ensure that each girl feels safe, secure and supported in her surroundings. From here, friendship circles are formed, confidence grows, and our girls develop a sense of self.
Students in our Junior School become courageous and capable individuals who move out of their comfort zones to try new things. They develop literacy and numeracy skills, as well as hands-on learning in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Technology and Enterprise, plus Beliefs and Values. They learn how to solve real-world problems through creative thinking, design work, collaboration, robotics and coding, and develop a deeper understanding of how STEaM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) can be integrated and utilised to develop solutions.
Physical wellbeing and creativity are integral parts of the Junior School. All students will learn a musical instrument from Year 2, with specialist lessons in Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Physical Education, and Languages (French and Mandarin). Every student from Kindergarten to Year 6 features in the annual Junior School musical, which is an opportunity few other primary schools provide.
We give our Junior School students every opportunity to pursue their interests and experience the fun of participating in Sport, Music, Performing Arts, Outdoor Education and other specialised activities.
Our co-curricular program includes everything from Chess Club to playing AFL Football that are run by experienced instructors and teachers. Students can also participate in local, national and state competitions in STEaM, writing, art, music, drama, mathematics and problem-solving.
There are also year group camps to help develop character, confidence, teamwork and personal growth.
Performing Arts such as music, movement and creativity are integral parts of a child’s education. We are home to PC Dance, a program hosted on Saturday mornings for girls and boys aged four to 20.
Perth College is part of JIGSSA (Junior Independent Girls’ Schools’ Sports Association), which caters for girls from Years 3 to 6 and promotes a combination of participation and competition, encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle in a fun and safe environment in primary schools. JIGSSA carnivals include swimming, cross country and athletics, and the annual Winter Games Day allows girls to sample basketball, gymnastics, netball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, AFL, hockey and cricket. From Year 3, girls can join the Perth College Netball Academy.
We offer a diverse range of clubs during and after school, allowing girls to delve deeper into their hobbies and passions. Activities change each term and range from robotics to yoga, fitness and cooking, all led by teachers or experienced instructors, for no or minimal cost.
In the tradition of our Founding Sisters, we place importance on service learning and social justice. Our students learn about giving back to the community from a young age as part of our Junior School.
Members of the Helping Hands Club meet each week to make a difference and regularly visit The Second Avenue Aged Care Facility in Mount Lawley, reading to the residents and performing for them. Our students also provide assistance to church and community events, such as the annual Lifeline Luncheon, Anglicare winter and Christmas appeals, and the Hyde Park Fair.
Our Junior School holds free-dress days throughout the year to fundraise for various causes and many of the students also organise activities to support causes close to their hearts.