The Junior School curriculum has been guided by the College's strong belief in providing a focused, practical and seamless curriculum, which is relevant to the children of our College, and which is based on current educational research and philosophy.
The Junior School curriculum incorporates the elements of the Australian Curriculum. Essential skills in literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT), thinking, creativity, teamwork and communication are integral to the Australian Curriculum and fit well with the Somerset approach.
Similarly it describes individuals who can manage their own wellbeing, relate well to others, make informed decisions about their lives, become citizens who behave with ethical integrity, relate to and communicate across cultures, work for the common good and act with responsibility at local, regional and global levels. These all relate well with the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in Pre-Prep to Year 5 and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 6 to 10.
All students from Pre-Prep to Year 10 are learning a second language. The College believes this is important to ensure students can gain a respect and understanding of other languages and cultures. It is also believed that learning a second language allows for a greater holistic development for students and can lead to improved performance in other areas. Languages taught are as follows:
- Pre-Prep to Year 2 - Mandarin
- Years 2 to 5 - Italian
- Year 6 - German, Japanese or French