Curriculum

Junior School


Carbrook Campus


Calvary Junior School (JS) is a ‘Community of Opportunity’ from Pre-Prep to Year 6. We welcome you as part of our warm, personal culture. We seek to engage with you and your children in a lifelong love for learning. The Carbrook Campus has approximately 350 students from Prep to Year 6 and has its own large, peaceful precinct, including dedicated playgrounds and learning environments within our contemporary Prep to Year 12 College.

Calvary Christian College is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, fully authorized to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP) since 2014. PYP is an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning whereby critical-thinking skills are enhanced through relevant, engaging and challenging learning opportunities. Central to this curriculum framework is its philosophy that recognises the importance of responding to and planning for individual student competencies, experiences, learning needs and styles. The Australian curriculum is delivered through the PYP and is underpinned by our strong biblical worldview.

Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, classroom laptops and a dedicated computer laboratory are used to support the 21st century life skills which are integrated into the dynamic curriculum.

Students from Calvary’s Springwood and Carbrook JS campuses join together regularly throughout the year for excursions. This creates further opportunities for friendships that may develop through to and beyond Year Twelve. Both Junior School campuses combine for camps from Year Four including the Annual Year Six Exhibition and Canberra Trip and run a formal leadership program in Year Six.

Our Junior School has a vibrant and extensive extra-curricular and specialist program allowing specialist lessons: Music, PE and Spanish to be delivered by qualified teachers. Sporting opportunities include Cross Country, Athletics, Swimming, Gymnastics, Futsal, Netball, Soccer, AFL Auskick and Dance. In addition to class instruction, training may occur before school, at lunchtimes and optionally on Saturdays with Calvary Netball and Uniting Church Soccer Associations.

Music is dynamic and innovative. Opportunities begin from Prep with our ‘Give it a Go’ and ‘Little Mozart’s’ programs, developing into bands, choirs, musicals and showcase events.

A variety of clubs cater for a wide range of student interests and God-given talents including Public Speaking, Debating, Chess, Robotics, Missions, Environments, Visual Arts and sporting groups.

Our Chaplaincy team, working from their dedicated ‘Well-Being Hub’ supplements our concern and care for the holistic child. At Calvary, we care.

Springwood Campus

The Springwood Campus of Calvary Christian College houses Pre-Prep students through to Year 6. Situated on a leafy block adjacent to the Daisy Hill Forest, Springwood is home to approximately 300 students along with koalas, kangaroos, goannas and the occasional echidna! Visitors to the College always comment on the small country feel of the campus and the strong community atmosphere.

With two classes from Prep to Year 6 the campus is large enough to provide a variety of friendship groups, a strong interhouse competition and most importantly for children, room to play and learn. Coupled with this, however, is the security of a close knit community in which parents and teachers work in partnership together for the education and well-being of every child. With strong links to the local netball association and involvement with Logan Uniting Soccer, many children also train for Saturday competitions with their friends at Springwood.

Being part of the larger College, students enjoy the benefits of a P-12 contemporary education. As well as offering the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate which embeds the Australian Curriculum into an inquiry based framework, and is underpinned by our strong biblical worldview. Children also gain from a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular offerings. Aside from the learning that occurs within the classrooms and in the grounds, our students could also be involved in before or after school sport training, lunch time clubs or learning a musical instrument.

As a multi campus College, students from both Springwood and Carbrook Junior Schools join together regularly throughout the year. There are the usual sporting competitions of Swimming, Cross County and Athletics in which our young people compete in one of four houses. In addition, each year level from both campuses also comes together for excursions and from Year Four onwards, the camps. The climax of this cross campus experience is the Year Six combined trip to Canberra and at the end of the year, the Year Six exhibition.

Having enjoyed robust learning in a unique Junior School environment and experience, and coupled with the cross campus friendships, our young people are well placed to transition into Middle School and beyond at the Carbrook Campus.

Click here to read about the Springwood Pre-Prep Manual 2015.