The small size of classes at Calrossy creates a supportive and personal environment that encourages the development of confidence and learning for every student, every day. The development of numeracy and literacy skills provides the foundation for future learning and opportunities for cross curriculum learning.
Transition to Kindergarten is supported by a Kinder Readiness program in Term 4 of the year before children begin formal schooling. Children entering Kindergarten the following year are invited to attend up to four of three hour sessions. These allow the children to become familiar with the routines and operation of ‘big school’. They work with the Kindergarten teachers in the Kindergarten rooms. The children are also introduced to the Music program and visit the Library to share a story. They take part in a Christian Studies lesson and become familiar with the school layout. These days also give the staff a chance to get to know the children before school starts.
Specialist teaching staff work alongside classroom teachers developing the areas of Library, Music, Languages and Christian Studies.
The use of Technology as a learning tool is introduced in Kindergarten. The children have access to a range of devices including desktop computers, a smart board, laptops and ipads in their classroom. They also begin basic coding and computer programming using interactive equipment and robotics.
Calrossy also acknowledges the value of play and active learning. Children in Kindergarten develop their physical capabilities through a range of activities including gross motor development program, a gymnastics program, fine motor skill development and hand-eye coordination exercises. Children are able to join school sporting teams such as oztag and minkey hockey.