Our Junior School
The Scots Junior School provides a high level of care for each individual. Our attention to each individual student provides students with the greatest opportunity to learn in a nurturing environment which addresses the emotional, spiritual and mental development of each child. It is our aim that our students feel empowered in their learning, encouraged to succeed and are responsible for their actions.
We believe that the single most important factor in determining an individual's success is self esteem. The Scots Junior School is committed to this and the belief that children learn best in a vibrant, caring environment where they are happy and feel loved.
We encourage them to have concern for themselves, for others and the world they live in.
We want them to be confident that they can contribute, and as leaders, influence others for a common good.
We want to build students of character who understand the school motto; Trouthe and Honour - Fredom and Curteisie.
At The Scots Junior School we ensure that children receive individual attention and are taught programs designed to meet their learning needs. Regular monitoring of student achievement is reported to parents and where necessary, shared goals set.
The student life at Scots from Kindergarten to Year 12 is a rich and fulfilling one. Students and parents have every opportunity to get to know staff members and make genuine friendships with girls and boys across all grades and their families. Being a Scots student means belonging to a strong school community working towards a common goal.
Teachers in the Junior School regularly undertake professional learning in order to provide an engaging and enriching curriculum for all of our students. Units of work that inspire imagination, creativity and problem solving have been developed in order to best meet the individual needs of our students. Effective literacy and numeracy skills are highly valued and regular analysis of student progress is a feature of our school. We pride ourselves on knowing where our students are at and where we need to take them.
Our diverse and comprehensive curriculum is centred around Key Learning Areas (KLAs). These are:
- Science and Technology
- Creative Arts (Visual Arts, Dance, Music and Drama)
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
The Scots School is a member of HICES (Heads of Independent Co-Education Schools) giving students a pathway to state level in Cross Country, Swimming and Athletics along with a range of other sports including tennis, hockey and soccer.
Students also have the opportunity to compete in a school team in a regular competition. Current sports available include:
- Winter: Rugby and Netball
- Summer: Cricket, Tennis and Swimming (Swimming lessons and squad training are available on-site at our pool in Term 1 and 4)
Creative and Performing ArtsPrivate music tuition is available in the Lamrock Performing Arts Centre during school hours. At Scots we offer a large range of instrument tuition including voice provided by tutors from the Mitchell Conservatorium.
Private Speech and Drama lessons are also available in the Scots Performing Arts Centre after school hours. Lessons are taken by a qualified Speech Teacher.
All classes have a 50 minute lesson each weekly from a specialist Drama teacher. Every second year, students are involved in a whole school production. In other years, students who receive individual music tutoring or dance/ drama instruction perform at our Performing Arts Assembly.
All of students have the opportunity to be part of our Junior School Choir. A weekly program that integrates singing, aural training, theory and improvisation is provided. Students have the opportunity to perform as part of a choir at the annual Bathurst Eisteddfod.
Highland Dancing lessons are also available for our younger students with Mrs Mary Weber whilst our senior students receive specialist lessons with Mrs Kim Durie. Both groups rehearse weekly and have the opportunity to perform on stage at significant events like the Highland Jazz Night and Performing Arts Assembly.
Chess has endured the test of time and is an excellent way to improve decision making skills. Weekly Chess classes are held on a Tuesday and students have the opportunity to participate in two external competitions each year.
All of our students receive a 50 minute French lesson each week from our specialist French teacher.
Public Speaking Competition
Every term all of our students participate in the Junior School Public Speaking Competition. Teachers present the students with topics relating to units being studied before preparing and presenting speeches to a wider audience. Finals are held in Term 4 and feature the top speakers from each class.
Year 6 students participate in the HICES Debating Competition. Students learn about the structure of a debate and the method and manner involved in being an effective debater.
Author’s and Illustrator’s Award
Students love the opportunity to imagine and be creative and every year in Term 3 we hold an Author’s and Illustrator’s Award. Through the study of narrative technique, students write their own story related to a unit of study and illustrate a section of their story. The stories are marked according to a criteria before being published for display.
Every year in Term 3, The Junior School participates in a Peer Support program for 30 minutes each Friday. Year 6 leaders facilitate a small group who work together through a number of structured activities. Groups are made up of students from Kinder to Year 5. In 2016, students will be working on a module called Keeping friends which will develop a range of skills including:
• Critical thinking
• Conflict resolution
• Relationship building.
Camps and Excursions
Stages 2 and 3 have an adventure camp in alternate years. Stage 3 go to Canberra every second year as part of their History and Geography program. The adventure camp will be at Galston in 2017. Students in other classes also participate in regular excursions to enrich their learning including Abercrombie Caves and Bathurst Goldfields.
Special Days and CommunityOur mothers, fathers, grandparents and friends are always made to feel welcome at our school and a sense of community is embraced and enhanced through regular opportunities.
- Mother’s Day Morning Tea and Father’s Day Breakfast/ Book Fair
- Junior School Production
- Performing Arts Assembly
- Junior School Disco
- Sunday Chapel
- French Day
- Bike Safety Day
- Sporting Carnivals
- Trivia Night
After School Supervision
A well-attended After School supervision program, run by
experienced staff, operates during term time. Attendance is available on
a permanent or casual basis. After School supervision finishes at
6.00pm daily and is free of charge until 5pm. A $10 charge applies after