Joigny – Our Junior School
Beginning the learning journey
Joigny, Sacré Cœur’s Junior School, provides a dynamic and caring environment for students from Prep to Year 6. Single level classes ensure that the students are well-known and programs are tailored to individual needs.
The curriculum offers a diverse range of learning experiences that present challenge and opportunity for the students to discover and explore areas of passion. Religious Education is central to the studies at Joigny. Specialist programs are taught from Prep to Year 6 in Music, Choir, Visual Art, Language – French, Physical Education and Library. All classes from Prep to Year 6 engage in the Wellness program which explicitly teaches personal and interpersonal skills to assist the development of social skills, wellbeing practices and self-efficacy. Information Technology is integrated into the curriculum with computers in every classroom, access to computer labs and class iPads from Prep to Year 6.
Prep to Year 2
The school experience in the foundation years of Prep to Year 2 builds upon the natural curiosity of young children, with particular focus upon literacy and numeracy. Our programs reflect a relentless determination to ensure success for all, which is achieved by having high expectations for all students, providing early intervention for children who are having difficulties and ensuring students are highly engaged during learning time.
Specialist programs in Music, Choir, Visual Art, French, Physical Education and Library enable our girls to develop skills and understandings across diverse areas. In addition to Music and Choir, students in Year 2 also participate in an Instrumental program, in which the girls learn to play stringed instruments.
The Student Leadership program begins from Prep, provided through classroom programs as well as opportunities for students to hold positions as Class Representatives on the Student Representative Council and the Green Team (environmental sustainability group).
Years 3 and 4
Middle primary years
Learners in Years 3 and 4 become more persistent and prolific in their learning. During these years the students are encouraged to look beyond themselves to the wider world making connections with the environment, sustainability and other global issues which impact on their own world.
As part of their Religious Education program, students in Years 3 and 4 participate in the Sacramental Program. Students in Year 3 receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and students in Year 4 receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist in Year 4.
Students expand their horizons through specialist programs in Visual Art, French, Physical Education, Library, Music and Choir.
In Year 3, students take part in an overnight camp experience based onsite. In Year 4 the students take part in an overnight camp at an offsite venue.
The Student Leadership program is provided through classroom programs as well as opportunities for students to hold positions as Class Representatives on the Student Representative Council and the Green Team (environmental sustainability group).
The Co-Curricular program offers Years 3 and 4 students opportunities to develop areas of interest beyond classroom learning, and includes activities such as: House Sport; Squad Training (swimming, diving, cross country running, athletics); Chess Club; Tennis lessons; Garden Gang; Bow Rock (stringed instrumental group); Poetry Club; and Drama Club.
Years 5 and 6
Senior primary years
In preparation for their transition to Senior School, Years 5 and 6 students develop independence in their learning and a strong sense of self through leadership and personal growth programs.
Specialist programs are undertaken in Visual Art, French, Physical Education, Library, Choir and Music. In addition to Choir and Music lessons, all Year 5 students study a musical instrument in small groups for the year, participating in various ensembles.
In Year 5, students take part in a three day/two night camp experience that focuses upon the development of personal and interpersonal skills. Students in Year 6 participate in a three day/two night camp that seeks to further develop their independence and sense of self.
In addition to the classroom and class representative positions available in the younger year levels, the Student Leadership program for Years 5 and 6 students calls upon the students to be actively seeking to assist and lead Joigny. In Year 5, all students take part in the Prep/Year 5 Buddy program which focuses upon outreach to others. In their final year of Junior school, all Year 6 students take part in a leadership program that sees them inducted into leadership positions as members of committees that hold particular responsibilities for the year.
Extension, enrichment, specialisation and support are provided by specialist support teachers who assist in the delivery of individualised learning programs that meet the needs of both highly able students and students with specific learning support needs.