Junior School Teaching & Learning

The Prince of Peace Teaching and Learning Framework informs and ensures consistent and effective teaching and learning practices. This framework has been collaboratively developed and demonstrates our commitment to providing a caring Christ-centred environment and realising the Lutheran Education Australia Vision for Learners and Learning.

 

Academic Program

We believe each student’s educational experience should be characterised by three guiding principles that promote contemporary capabilities:

  • Excellence through honour: we want students to pursue personal excellence; to honour each other, their God-given potential and to give of their best
  • Learning with purpose: we wish to prepare all our students to become lifelong learners who are creative, critical thinkers, collaborators and communicators; who are multi-skilled, adaptable and innovative
  • Growth through challenge: we believe it is important that students are provided with opportunities to push themselves, to be challenged to develop mastery in a supportive environment.

We are very proud of the five key principles that underpin Prince of Peace’s Teaching and Learning Framework and direct planning, teaching, assessment and reporting at the College. These five key principles are:

  • High Expectations
  • Positive Relationships
  • Powerful Partnerships
  • Life-Long Learning
  • Responsive Teaching.

Each year level at the Junior School has a sequenced curriculum, drawn from a range of curriculum authorities. Our teachers use the draft Australian Curriculum  and Queensland Learning Essentials. Prince of Peace also follow the Lutheran Education Australia Religious Studies framework.

As the Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority continues to roll out new information each year, we will make adjustments to our whole-school curriculum planning.

Prince of Peace has also developed a Prep to Year 12 Agile Digital Learning Strategy: Unlocking the Potential, which outlines the College’s commitment to the development of ICT capabilities that support effective transformation of learning. Our goals are to:

  • ensure that the learner remains at the centre of teaching
  • personalise the teaching and learning process
  • provide opportunities for anywhere, anytime learning.

Further Information


HPE and Sport

Our Junior Campus Heath and Physical Education (HPE) team runs a developmental HPE curriculum from Prep to Year 6. Basic skills are developed year on year, leading towards participation in individual and team sports.

All students participate in our annual interhouse sports events, which include cross country, athletics and swimming. Events are run in an inclusive manner, providing a range of events to encompass all abilities. Participants can qualify to represent the College at inter-Lutheran and district competitions and beyond.

Health and Physical Education Curriculum 2020

Extracurricular Sports Opportunities

Students in Years 4 to 6 also train for and participate in the North District interschool winter and summer sports competitions.

A range of sporting activities are available during lunchtimes as student initiatives or arranged by staff. Fun interhouse competitions such as plank hold and three-legged races are well supported by students and staff alike.

For more information on our College sports program please contact our Junior Campus Health and Physical Education curriculum leader, Darren Lawrance.


 

Music and the Arts

Thanks to the superb technical skills and infectious enthusiasm of our music team, classroom music is incredibly popular at our Junior Campus.

As students progress through the school they have the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments as part of the curriculum. Singing, dancing, clapping, using their bodies as percussion instruments and even skipping are all ways that music is brought into the lives of our students.

Please explore our music curriculum below for further information.

Music Curriculum 2020

What a terrific job the Junior School music department is doing! Our son has started learning the guitar outside school, and his tutor is amazed at how well he can read music—he says he has never taught a child our son’s age who has such a good grasp on it. We have not taught our children any music, so that skill has come entirely from music classes at school. — Mrs J

 

Extracurricular Music Opportunities

Our Junior Campus choirs have a wonderful reputation in the local community, having recently performed at the 2015 Gaythorne RSL ANZAC Day parade and on ABC local radio. All students are welcome to join the Junior (Y2-3) or Senior (Y4-6) Choir and rehearsals take place before school. Both choirs have a busy performance schedule throughout the year.

Older students are encouraged to audition for the Chapel Band, which regularly supports our worship services.

Students also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument of their choice either through group or individual lessons provided by our instrumental music tutors on a fee-for-service basis.

Our instrumental tutors offer weekly group or individual lessons for woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, voice, piano and guitar. Tuition is offered for the following instruments:

Junior CampusSenior Campus
Years 1–6woodwind
cellobrass
pianopercussion
violastrings
violinpiano
Years 2–6guitar
bass guitarbass guitar
guitar
Years 4–6 only
clarinet
euphonium/baritone
flute
percussion
saxophone
trombone
trumpet

All those taking part in the program are expected to participate in the College Ensemble program, to support and enhance their musical learning. The Junior Campus ensembles include:

  • Beginner Concert Band
  • Junior Concert Band
  • Junior String Ensemble
  • Junior Choir (Y2-3)
  • Senior Choir (Y4-6)
  • Honours Choir (Y5-6 by audition)

For more information on our Music program,  please contact our Junior Campus Music curriculum leader, Sherree Cudney