About Junior School
Junior Schooling Years Reception to 5
At Ocean View College B-12 we cater for all ages across a wide range of subject areas, meeting the diverse needs of all our students. The Junior School provides an education for Reception to Year 5 students through a variety of engaging, relevant learning experiences. Junior School students have access to the teaching of specialist lessons in the areas of Physical Education, Japanese, I.C.T. and Performing Arts. There are approximately 180 students in the Junior School and we endeavour to keep class sizes small.
Junior School students have their own two sheltered playgrounds (one for R/1/2 students and the other for Years 3/4/5). We also have access to our own huge oval and handball courts. Older students do not come into the Junior School yard unless they are supervised to run lunchtime activities for the younger students. They may access other areas of the College (eg: Resource Centre, Computer Room and Aboriginal Education Centre) by obtaining special passes from their class teachers. Junior School students also their own access and serving space in the shared Canteen.
Our day begins with Music in the yard and students/parents make their way to classes without lining up. This gives students organisational time and enables parents to chat with teachers. We want our students to flourish! We aim to provide an educational and social environment that nurtures and challenges each child, encouraging them to reach their full potential. We place huge importance on helping students develop a sense of “belonging” and “connectedness”, an enjoyment of learning and a positive sense of self.
Our expectations are high, but reasonable and providing each student with a happy, safe and trusting environment drives all that we do. Our Social Learning Program is a focus – students learn how to:
We concentrate on each child’s strengths and preferred ways of learning, realising that recognition of both underpins all learning. We are guided by the following quote: “FAIR isn’t about giving everyone the same. FAIR is about giving everyone what they need to be successful”. We also have a full-time Junior School Counsellor who develops pro-active Social Skills programs and works with students to help themselves connect to their learning and social environment. We have developed an effective “structured learning through play” program for our R/1/2 students. This allows for the development of individual needs/skills and takes into account the varying ages of our new Reception students.