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Westminster’s Preparatory School students learn teamwork, social awareness and respect for others. They develop an understanding of appropriate behaviours, good manners and self-discipline from a good balance of male and female teachers throughout our Preparatory School, which includes a dedicated class teacher for each class in each year level. In our Preparatory School, there are no composite classes combining year levels, and no classes shared by more than one teacher.
Each student from Reception to Year 6 has lessons with specialist teachers for Music, Art, Religious and Values Education, Language, Sport, and Information Technology.
From the ELC right through to Year 6, each of our students also has a dedicated weekly lesson with our Teacher Librarian in our Haslam Library.
A dynamic House system and the Student Representative Council (SRC) promote positive relationships across all primary years, while building student appreciation of the value of service and rights of others.
The Preparatory School has its own learning and sporting facilities to complement the outstanding facilities available to the whole School. Being active is a key feature of the Preparatory School years to promote wellbeing and strengthen concentration to maximise learning outcomes. In addition to set class time for Physical Education (PE) and a comprehensive co-curricular program, daily fitness and exercise is incorporated across all years.
From Reception, we focus on literacy and numeracy at every level every day and balance core subjects and skill development in reading, comprehension, spelling, writing, Information Technology, Science and Mathematics and with specialist classes in Music, PE, Art, Religion and Values, and Japanese. Reception class sizes are deliberately kept smaller in a stepped approach to give our youngest students the best possible foundation at the commencement of their primary schooling. We remain committed to offering mid-year Reception intake to suit all birth dates. At Westminster we believe in working with our families to provide students with a smooth transition into school when they are ready to do so.
Middle Primary classes at Westminster School are from Years 3 to 5 and continue to build on the foundations of learning, providing a balance between core and specialist subjects. Class teachers work closely with specialist teachers who take specific subject lessons, including Music, Art, PE, Japanese, and Religious and Values Education (RAVE), while others provide support and extended learning for individual students, particularly in Mathematics and English. Information Technology underpins learning in all years. Classes move to other key learning areas, such as the Haslam Library, Michael Murray Centre for Performing Arts, Sports and Swimming Centre, Forder Centre, and IT rooms, to suit the curriculum.
Year 6 forms our Upper Primary program. This year continues a program of core and specialist subjects with Year 6 offering a choice of Languages. Upper Primary students also provide support to our younger students through our House system and buddy programs. We recognise the importance of the final year of primary schooling to encourage leadership, community, independence, and taking responsible risks in learning, while still within the nurturing environment of our Preparatory School. Students continue to have ready access to the staff and facilities that contribute to our wide curriculum, structured to provide a diverse learning experience. To meet the technological requirements of a constantly evolving curriculum, Year 6 is included in the School’s personal laptop program. Sport and other co-curricular activities, such as Service and Performing Arts, provide a wide range of opportunities that play a vital role in each student’s experience. The Upper Primary year focuses on building self-confidence, resilience, and developing character, while introducing Year 6 students to a new level of specialist subject learning.
Students are encouraged to develop leadership qualities in all areas of their life. We encourage independence in preparation for their schooling and their future. There are many opportunities for leadership: Sport, Performing Arts, Tours, School Leadership positions in Years 6 and 12, Outdoor Education, and through the House System.
In the Preparatory School there are 20 Year 6 students who are formally appointed to leadership positions via a student and teacher vote. The Prep School Leadership positions focus upon School, community, and pastoral leadership. All Year 6 students are expected to act as leaders of the Prep School student group. As such all Year 6 students undertake 30 minutes per week of training in leadership, which encompasses aspects of self-awareness, as well as formal sessions unpacking leadership in general.