In years 5 and 6, our aim is to nurture and develop inquisitive students who continually explore and learn about the universe our wonderful God has created. Upper primary learners are encouraged to question the world they live in to continually discover and learn.
Mathematics is streamed in the upper primary levels to allow us to support and extend students. Year 5 and 6 students enjoy participating in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program, designing and building solutions to real world problems. A leadership program is available to all upper primary students, starting with Buddies and opportunities for House and School Captaincy, Young Leaders Day and Alphabet Ark.
Year 5 and 6 students are paired up with students from the prep class. In this Buddy program, students spend time once a week with their buddy and complete crafts, reading, Bible and other activities together, including lunch. In upper primary, all students are provided with their own iPad to use that helps to extend their learning as part of the Digital Technologies curriculum. Students are taught how to use the Google Suite to enhance their learning and collaboration.
The weekly Year 6 transition program in the secondary school orientates students to the changes they will face the following year. The program includes Art, Cooking, Textiles, PE, and Design, Creativity and Technologies. There is also a Year 7 orientation day in the latter part of the school year.
Upper primary students have the opportunity to go on camps.
Year 5 students enjoy a camp at Forest Edge completing team building activities and other challenges that take them out of their comfort zone. These include hut building, flying fox, river sledding and the low ropes course.
To help consolidate their understanding of the Australian government and parliamentary system, Year 6 students make the journey to the nation’s capital, Canberra, for a week to visit a range of integral places as part of the political and legal system. These include Parliament House, National Archives, Australian Institute of Sport, Government House, War Memorial, Questacon and many more.