Curriculum

Firm Foundations

Providing firm foundations for future learning is a very important aspect of Claremont College. Through early intervention strategies, particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy, the school aims to ensure that all children develop these skills as early as possible. Establishing firm foundations through expectations of high standards in student work habits, values, attitudes, manners and behaviour also underlies the ethos of the School.

 

'Assessment and NAPLAN @ Claremont College'

This publication provides an overview of assessment and NAPLAN.

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'Teaching and Learning at Claremont College'

This publication provides an overview of our curriculum focus.

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The Library

Teaching the 'basics’ alone is not sufficient and it is through the use of the large, well resourced and fully equipped primary school library. Students of all ages are also encouraged to develop the joy of reading for pleasure and they may regularly borrow from the extensive collection of the Library.

 

PE and Sport

PE lessons are also conducted each week by our specialist PE teacher. In addition to this, our Infants classes participate in a weekly sports program held at Grant Reserve Coogee. The excellent facilities at the University of New South Wales and their qualified sports instructors are utilised as part of the school’s sporting program for Years 3 to 6. All students in Kindergarten to Year 6 participate in a developmental swimming program throughout the year, also at the University of NSW.

The school organises a swimming, athletics and cross country carnival each year and there are opportunities for children with particular sporting talents to represent the school at the inter-school level through to the national level in these and other sports.

The school also participates in a variety of team gala days including AFL, rugby, netball, indoor soccer, league and basketball.

For further information, go to SPORT@CLAREMONT

 

Music

Under the direction of a specialist Music teacher, all students in Kindergarten to Year 6 participate in rich and comprehensive developmental Music Program. Students have opportunity to participate in a number of additional school Music programs such as the choir, school orchestra and small ensemble groups. The school also provides opportunity, through specialist tutors, for individual or small group lessons in piano, string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Voice tuition is also available.

Our biennial school musical production will be held this year at the City Recital Hall (11th September 2014) and will be based on Broadway shows. All students (K-6) participate in this singing and dance spectacular.

For further information, go to MUSIC@CLAREMONT

 

Asian Languages

Specialist teachers are responsible for teaching Asian Languages at Claremont College. Students in Kindergarten to Year 1 learn Mandarin. Students in Years 2 to 6, learn Bahasa Indonesian. Our language programs are rich in culture, language, technology and creativity.

 

Information Communication Technology

The development of children’s skills in digital literacy embedded across the curriculum is an important aspect of a Claremont College education. A well equipped network of Mac computers and iPads in each classroom plays an important role in supporting student learning.

 

Extra Activities

Opportunities are also available for children to be involved in a variety of extra curricular activities including: choirs, chess, dance groups, school band, string ensemble, Maths Olympiad, ‘Eco Warriors’, computer clubs, student Bible Studies, sports teams and the like. (Various clubs and opportunities can change from year to year.)

 

Social Care and Responsibility

The school has developed a number of social responsibility, charity and environmental programs. Students have the opportunity to get involved in the ‘Eco Warriors’ club where they can help in the school gardens and care for the animals and chickens in our farm yard. Year 5 students regularly visit the elderly residents of the Cheslaon Nursing Home at Malabar.

 

Outdoor Education at Claremont College

Our Outdoor Education program forms an integral part of the curriculum.

Year 2 students attend an environmental studies excursion followed by an overnight ‘sleepover’ at school. Such an experience ‘paves the way’ for the three day camps which are held for students in Years 3 to 5. Year 6 students participate in a five day camp.

Our Primary outdoor education program for Years 3 to 6 complements school learning and involves a social skills element where children live together and need to help each other. Whilst at camp, students participate in a sequential program of outdoor activities including nature studies, bush walks, archery, BMX bike riding and team building activities. By Year 6, activities such as sailing, canoeing and an overnight bivouac are included. All campsites have their own trained staff who lead the activities, and Claremont College teachers assist those staff members.

Excursions are organised for each class and these are related to the units of work which the students are studying. Year 4 students attend a three day ecological field trip to Batemans Bay. Year 5 and 6 students also attend extended overnight excursions to Bathurst and Canberra.