Primary School

Primary School structure

The Primary School structure includes the Years Prep to Year 6. The Primary has two sub-schools, Fairview and Cumberland. The Fairview years are Prep to Year 2 and Cumberland Year 3 to 6. Each school has its unique characteristics, however evolves and functions as one Primary School. The Primary leadership structure includes:
HEAD OF PRIMARY: Mrs Leanne Schulz
DEPUTY HEAD OF PRIMARY: Miss Felicity Donohue
ASSISTANT HEAD OF PRIMARY (Fairview – Prep): Miss Gemma Jackson
ASSISTANT HEAD OF PRIMARY (Fairview – Year 1 & 2): Miss Hannah Petterson
ASSISTANT HEAD OF PRIMARY (Cumberland – Year 3 & 4): Mrs Anne Adams
ASSISTANT HEAD OF PRIMARY (Cumberland – Year 5 & 6): Mr Nigel Keegan

Fairview 

Fairview is a very exciting and interactive setting for young learners. It provides the opportunity for individual exploration and guided learning.
The Prep to Year 2 program has an emphasis on equipping students with necessary skills through Literacy, Numeracy and Integrated Studies. A strong focus is on critical and creative thinking and problem solving. It is also important for students to effectively communicate ideas, processes and knowledge using a range of strategies and digital technologies.
The teachers encourage the students and provide many opportunities for their curiosity to be stimulated in a supportive and caring environment.
The curriculum focuses on the children’s educational and individual needs, respecting their differences. Learning experiences occur in the classroom, on the school grounds, and during excursions. The children also learn from each other, as they share their cultural and personal experiences.
Their interaction within the College focuses not only on learning experiences, but also on their active role as a valued community member. The community spirit is an essential component of our pastoral approach to learning experiences and social interaction. The children are supported and challenged in all aspects of their education, enhanced by the home-school relationship. We see the parent’s role as a partnership with the College, working towards meeting the child’s educational development.
Within the Christian ethos of the College, students are expected to develop a spirit of co-operation, tolerance and responsibility. The College endeavours to ensure that there is open and effective communication between staff, students and parents, and we value the involvement of families in the College community.

Cumberland

Cumberland’s emphasis is placed on consolidating, building on and extending the skills learnt in Fairview. Through challenging and engaging activities, students work towards more independent learning in small or large groups on a variety of tasks in each of the Key Learning Areas. We acknowledge that children learn at their own pace. When planning for learning, teachers consider different learning styles and teaching approaches. We strive to differentiate the curriculum to cater for the differing needs of young learners. We support the notion that ‘one size does not fit all’, and students bring to school many different experiences. As educators, we aim to make connections with these experiences through the use of various resources and learning platforms. Students in Years 2, 3 and 4 utilise diaries, in Year 5 and 6 access the functions on their personal iPad. Our learning management platform “MyAitken” is a resource that manages school events and homework tasks. Students are encouraged to manage their time appropriately and balance school, extra-curricular, out of school activities and family life. It is expected that all students strive to perform their best; and using their time effectively and efficiently is a key element of continued growth and success. Cumberland provides many opportunities to grow and develop leadership skills. Opportunities are varied and include roles such as Class Captains in Year 3 to Year 6, where children learn about responsibilities, to the Year 6 roles including School, Sports, Performing Arts and Environment Captains and Peer Support Leaders.
Within the Christian ethos of the College, students are expected to develop a spirit of co-operation, tolerance and responsibility. The College endeavours to ensure that there is open and effective communication between staff, students and parents, and we value the involvement of families in the College community.

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