Academic Programs

A GLIMPSE OF PREP SCHOOL ACADEMICS

 

CLASS STRUCTURE

Every boy in the Prep has a 'home' classroom and a classroom teacher. The boys also have regular lessons with highly experienced, specialist Science, Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Sport/PDHPE, Values Education and Languages teachers. We also have a Writer in Residence, John Larkin, and specialist Teacher Librarians.

The specialist and classroom teachers are supported by staff from the Learning Support Department.

Each week boys in Years 3 to 6 participate in 'Knoxigations', a special time for enquiry-based learning, discovery and investigation.

REPORTS AND PROGRESS

Each boy's progress is mapped and reported in writing to parents at the end of each semester. Parent information evenings are held at the beginning of Term 1 for each year group. At the end of Term 1, all boys new to the School receive an interim report.

Formal parent-teacher interviews are held at the start of Term 3 and teachers are in regular contact with parents to discuss any learning issues which require attention throughout the year.

LEARNING SUPPORT

The Prep has a specialist on-site Learning Support Team which provides expert and on-going support to boys with learning or behavioural difficulties and physical disabilities.

HOMEWORK

Homework is an integral part of our teaching philosophy for students. We follow the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) time guidelines for homework and recognise the importance of balance between learning and family time.

Short homework exercises may be set for boys in Kindergarten to Year 2, with more structured and regular homework for boys in Year 3 upwards. This provides extension and consolidation of topics explored in the classroom.