In the primary phase of learning, we are fortunate to have the skills and expertise of dance and drama specialists. All students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 have the opportunity to participate in specialised drama and dance lessons for one phase each per year. Not only do students learn valuable technical skills in these learning areas, they are then able to put these skills to good use by auditioning for roles in a variety of school productions including Pantomimes, Musicals, talent shows, the Christmas Nativity Play and the end of year Primary Awards Ceremony.
Many facilities in the school are shared by primary, middle and senior secondary students and staff. The primary students increase their participation in whole school functions as they play their part in Commissioning Services, Founders’ Day and other special events, school productions, sporting events, assemblies and chapel services.
John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School is a place of working together as a community, where collaboration between teachers, students and parents is vitally important. The School values families who participate in the life of the School and help us build a culture of trust and understanding. We embrace the variety of people that we come across every day and respect the views, values and traditions of others. We are very fortunate that our school offers many chances to understand and share in a vibrant diversity of cultures.
Classroom teachers oversee the teaching and learning programmes for the core learning areas of the curriculum comprising English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science, Religion and Values Education and Health. Specialist subject area teachers are employed in specific areas across learning domains including Physical Education, Library Research and Computing, Italian, Indonesian, Mandarin, Music, Art, Dance and Drama.
Our programmes, assessment and reporting are based on the Australian Curriculum and School Curriculum and Standards Authority of Western Australia documentation, as the current mandated documents at a National and State level. Staff use a three phase teaching approach in planning curriculum over a trimester. Thus, a phase of learning may cross over a school term and will often encompass a focus embedded in inquiry learning through the streams of Science, History and Geography.
The School provides opportunities for parents to attend Learning Expos that showcase student work throughout various settings within the classroom and through engagement with the Library, Art and Languages curriculum areas. Examples of learning within the streams of dance, drama, Music and Rock & Water are provided by way of video or photographic samples, available for viewing within each child’s classroom during Learning Expo evenings. These snapshots of learning provide an insight into a child’s engagement within these subject areas that cannot be easily captured in a written format. Parents are welcome at any stage of the year to reflect on their child’s learning with classroom or specialist area teachers. Formal written reports are provided twice yearly. Opportunities are provided for parents to discuss student progress and reports at scheduled Parent Interview Nights during term 1 and term 3. In addition many informal events provide parents with examples of student engagement and achievement, including the annual Art Exhibition, Musical Productions and Dance Performance Nights, as well as a variety of music ensemble, choral and school based community performances.
At John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School students are provided the opportunity to study a second language. The languages offered are Indonesian, Italian and Mandarin. Students commence second language instruction from Pre-Primary and continue the study of their selected language until the end of Year 9. The study of a second language is compulsory during these years, with options available to continue beyond Year 9 to completion of Year 12. During the Kindergarten year, parents are asked to nominate their preferences for second language study, to commence the following year when their child enters Pre-Primary.