A Junior School education is different at St Hilda's.
St Hilda’s provides differentiated programs that are appropriately challenging for all students.
At St Hilda’s Junior School, our class sizes mean that our staff will know and care for your child as an individual. We have the time and resources to support the development of the whole child.
Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Physical Education, Languages including Japanese, French and Chinese as second languages and Religious and Philosophical Education are taught by specialist teachers. The School has specialised spaces including an art room, music rooms, gymnasium, dance studio, library and multipurpose areas and students have access to a heated swimming pool and 900 seat Performing Arts Centre.
We ensure our Junior Kindergarten to Year 2 students participate in a literacy and numeracy lesson block, first thing in the morning every day. This means no specialist lessons are timetabled and no student is withdrawn for music lessons during Every Day Literacy and Numeracy.
When needed, we offer extra literacy and numeracy support at school which allows for smaller, targeted teaching and a model for differentiation. For literacy we have a teacher who acts as the additional teacher in Years 1-6 and for numeracy we have a teacher who acts as the additional teacher from Kindergarten to Year 6.
All our Kindergarten students have a full speech assessment and Pre Primary students a full occupational therapy assessment at no extra charge.
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Each program is taught by a specialist teacher who is not the classroom teacher. All specialist areas are K-12 focus with a Head of Department who resides in the Senior School. This ensures a scope and sequence and shared dialogue.
We offer the following each school year:
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Purpose built and hidden away from busy main roads, your child will enjoy a play-based and dynamic program with our teacher trained and experienced staff.
Girls: 3 – 7 years (Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Pre Primary, Year 1, Year 2)
Boys: 3 – 5 years (Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten)
Girls and boys at St Hilda’s learn with specialist staff for music, French and physical education at no extra cost and enjoy all the facilities our school offers such as swimming lessons in our 50 metre pool and visits to our library and technology centre. We also have an early intervention program with specialist speech and occupational therapy on site.
Our Early Learning Centre is run by our academic staff rather than child care workers. It is not outsourced and is an integral part of our St Hilda’s community. We are also experienced at managing childhood allergies and are allergy aware in our Junior School.
Art at St Hilda’s means many things: self-discovery, skill-building, technique development, exploration and fun.
From the early years of Junior School, art plays an important part
in your child’s education by kick-starting creativity, fine motor skills, problem solving and thinking outside the box.
Our high quality teaching staff, backed by exciting facilities, cater for the individual needs of your child while understanding age development and interests. Students can explore and discover the art world through different learning styles, building on their knowledge through informative and well-constructed learning programs.
From the Old Masters and contemporary artists to individual expression, St Hilda’s art program has something to offer every child.
Research has shown that music, particularly playing a musical instrument, is the only activity to use all areas of the brain, assisting all other academic, physical and emotional development.
Our students start their musical learning from Junior Kindergarten
at 90 minutes per week, giving them a head start in their academic and creative development.
St Hilda’s is passionate about your child’s musical learning and runs curricular music courses including our Year 2 String Program (where every girl learns either violin or cello) and a choral program for all students in Years 3-6. Our cocurricular activities include the Junior String Orchestra, Junior Concert Band and other various instrumental ensembles including flute and guitar groups as well as a string quartet.
Ensuring our students are fit for life and resilient is an essential part of being at our school. Our Physical Education team actively promotes opportunities to increase cardio respiratory fitness for all students, regardless of whether they view themselves as ‘sporty’ or not. This is done through running, swimming, netball, minkey and soccer activities.
We also have a focus on core fitness and strength development via our gymnastics program. Sport is not just for PE lessons and inter-school competitions. We teach students to be active every day.
The days of school being about hours sitting at a desk staring at a teacher writing on a blackboard are thankfully long gone at St Hilda’s. Our students benefit from learning outdoors with our onsite nature play area known as The Eucalypts, the Russell Brown Adventure Park located next to our campus and specialist Outdoor Education program for girls in Years 3 to 6.
Connecting with nature provides a mix of feelings and attitudes for children, which we know has positive effects on their learning, physical health, emotional wellbeing and personal interactions.
St Hilda’s Junior School is located on the Chidley Campus at McCabe Street, Mosman Park. This beautiful campus houses approximately 450 students with boys in Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten. From Pre-Primary, St Hilda’s is an all girls’ school.
The three-hectare campus offers the very latest in learning environments with quality, custom-designed facilities and inspirational surroundings. Its use of both classrooms and the local environment as learning spaces makes St Hilda’s distinctive, enhancing the integration of sustainability themes across the curriculum and in daily life.
We understand the pressures on busy professionals and offer an extended-hours program which makes it easy for Junior School parents to combine careers and quality parenting.
Our Extend-ED program is available mornings and afternoons in conjunction with our highly regarded school program. We can care for your child at our Chidley Campus from 7.00am to 6.00pm every day in term.
Located at our Early Learning Centre, Extend-ED is available for children from Junior Kindergarten to Year 6. It combines first-class care with educational activities which are designed and staffed by St Hilda’s specialist Early Childhood teachers and qualified Education Assistants. Included in our fees, students enjoy a light, nutritious breakfast in the morning and afternoon tea is provided for children who stay after school.
Secure off road parking is also provided.
We also have holiday programs which operate from 7.00am to 6.00pm.
Learning isn’t just what happens in the classroom. Our students have access to a wide range of activities before and after school, including:
• Speech and drama
• Netball Club
• Fitness Club
• Band and orchestra
• Sustainability Club
• Art Club
Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 can have individual music lessons at school, including piano and violin, within the school week, saving parents out of hours travel.
We are an Anglican school that encourages students to develop a sense of achievement and pride in their efforts.
All Year 6 students take on leadership roles via committees and official positions. From Year 1, all students belong to a House system which means they are involved in a range of mixed-age sporting and other activities organised and led by Year 6 House Officials. We have a Year 6 elected leadership group as well as opportunities to develop leadership skills in each class group. Presentation and public speaking skills are also developed with student-lead fortnightly Assemblies and parent events throughout each year.
Community service is also an important part of our ethos and we have a number of projects we support with the help of our students and their families.