Head of Junior School Brighton Campus

Ms Cathie Ireland

Our Junior School in Brighton is an accredited International Baccalaureate - 

Primary Years Programme World School.

This campus has recently undergone a complete renovation. The classrooms are now large and vibrant with plenty of natural light. The learning areas are designed with collaboration in mind and to support individual learning needs and styles.

Using the framework provided by the Primary Years Programme, the curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of every student while ensuring that the key elements of Literacy and Numeracy remain the focus of learning. This comprehensive approach to teaching and learning provides each student with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to embrace lifelong learning. The curriculum provides academic rigor as well as significant and engaging learning, relevant to each student. The use of critical thinking skills is embedded in our curriculum. There is also a focus on developing communication skills, social skills, research skills and self-management skills.

Ongoing monitoring and assessment is used to guide and inform teaching. Our staff use a variety of strategies to cater to individual learning and developmental needs. Reports, which record the achievement and progress of each student, are issued towards the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2. On going communication with parents is encouraged through informal and formal meetings, student-led conferences and parent/teacher interviews.

The global nature of the program is designed to allow students to become: Inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective.  Students are encouraged to make sense of their learning by making connections between new knowledge and their own experiences.

The specialist subjects, Art, Chinese, Religious Education, Music and Physical Education, are an integral part of the curriculum and delivered under the framework of inquiry learning.

Curriculum Statements 2015

  • Click here to download the Prep Curriculum Statement 
  • Click here to download the Year 1 Curriculum Statement
  • Click here to download the Year 2 Curriculum Statement
  • Click here to download the Year 3 Curriculum Statement
  • Click here to download the Year 4 Curriculum Statement
  • Click here to download the Year 5 Curriculum Statement
  • Click here to download the Year 6 Curriculum Statement
Please click here to read The Weekly Review article 'Moulding Young Minds' with Cathie Ireland


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Extension and support

The school has a commitment to encouraging and supporting each student in striving to achieve personal success. Our teachers, at all levels, accept the responsibility of meeting the individual learning needs of their students.

Student progress is monitored carefully. Cognitive and educational testing is used to ascertain those who have specific learning difficulties and those who need academic extension.  The data received from various external tests complements data collected at school and contributes to our ability to tailor our teaching and learning programs to meet the needs of our students. Members of the Department of Differentiated Education support teachers in identifying, designing and supporting the delivery of individual programs to cater for differing abilities, levels of readiness and learning needs.

Students who excel in mathematic problem solving are encouraged to join the Math Olympiad Competition Team, which meets on a weekly basis, with a Mathematics Specialist teacher, to develop their skills.

Students with identified learning needs in Mathematics and English are supported in small groups in the classroom and in small group sessions. The School Psychologist assists in identifying and testing students.

Chinese is taught to all levels and the integration of Chinese culture into all areas of the school is seen as important. Cultural events include dancing, theatre and celebration of Chinese festivals.

Religious Education is considered an important part of the program. Students learn about The Bible as well as being encouraged to learn about and consider other belief systems. Students regularly attend Chapel services and important occasions are celebrated at our local church, St Andrew’s.

English as a Second Language Support Classes are offered to students who speak another language at home and are developing a working knowledge of English. This support provides students with opportunities to learn conversational language initially and then to hone grammar and spelling skills.

Assessment and reporting

Ongoing assessment using different strategies enables staff to understand each student’s learning and tailor programs accordingly. Both internal and external assessments are considered. Students, teachers and parents are all actively involved in setting and monitoring learning goals.

Parents receive information about student learning through Student Led Conferences, Parent Teacher interviews, reports, portfolios and review of work sent home. The relationship between school and family is recognized as essential to success and Firbank teachers work closely with each family to ensure a positive experience.

Junior School Brighton Curriculum