Our Junior School is one of the leading private primary schools in Brisbane. Ormiston College's primary school program includes both Prep and Junior School. Prep is the first entry point into the College and Junior School extends from Year 1 to Year 6. From Prep through to Year 6, our Junior School develops transferable skills and knowledge in a nurturing environment that promotes curiosity, problem solving, creative thinking, and informed decision making. Our outstanding resources and quality curriculum provide students with a firm grasp on core education skills, as well as experience with art, languages, technology, music and drama, science, library research and physical education. Both Prep and Junior School provide students with a firm academic foundation through a supportive private education environment as well as giving them the grounding to become confident, and independent young adults.
Our Preparatory (Prep) School has a wonderful program, filled with the buzz and activity of all our busy little bodies exploring their environment, learning new skills and generally having fun. We believe that children learn best in a play-based environment. The Prep School Curriculum Guidelines highlight that play is a natural activity through which children make meaning of the world around them. Play facilitates all development and is an invaluable means for initiating, promoting and sustaining learning. Our Prep children participate in a fun hands-on way with painting, drawing, construction, music, literacy, numeracy, role-playing, dance and movement. Children are encouraged to collaborate and negotiate, learn, solve problems and construct knowledge together. We believe in providing a setting that enriches these experiences, that is visually pleasing and intellectually stimulating both indoors and out. The light, airy rooms of our Prep school blend with the outdoor play area in the natural setting for which Ormiston College is renowned.
Junior School is where core skills and the foundations for future success are laid. Students are inspired and empowered through innovative learning strategies to explore their world and develop a love of learning. Our Junior School curriculum is delivered by individual class teachers for core skills and specialist teachers in art, technology, music, drama, science, library research, and physical education. It also includes LOTE in Years 5 and 6, as well as our exceptional co-curricular program. Our Junior School captures our village community feel. The Junior School forms an enclosing circle around an extensive courtyard where the pre-existing eucalyptus trees (complete with resident koalas) have been left for shade.
All classrooms are spacious, air conditioned and well equipped to provide a productive, stimulating environment where children can learn and grow according to their individual abilities, learning styles and interests. All Junior School classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards that allow teachers to deliver lessons in a range of different styles, and a bank of computers in each room allows students regular access to digital learning resources stored on the school network and the internet.
The Junior School also enjoys its own playground, oval and outdoor multi-purpose courts, art centre and music centre. Our Junior School students benefit from world-class private school facilities including fully-equipped computer laboratories, specialist science laboratories, Junior Arts Centre, the Lingo Lin Performing Arts Theatre, Somerset Sports Centre, and Marsson Aquatic Centre.