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Our junior school is for young people in year levels 7 to 10. We offer a range of core and specialist classes.

Our junior school curriculum prepares students to thrive, achieve and belong ahead of their VCAL coursework in years 11 and 12.

Core classes

  • English
  • Maths
  • Wellbeing.

Specialist classes

  • The Arts
  • The Technologies
  • Health and Physical Education.

Our curriculum uses hands-on, individualised learning where our staff have high expectations and a caring approach.

Here's a snapshot how:

Wellbeing

During wellbeing, students develop the social-emotional skills necessary to help them thrive, achieve and belong - both at the Berry Street School and in life. Our wellbeing curriculum gives students strategies and skills to help them flourish and shine in life. We use the strategies from the Berry Street Education Model to help build wellbeing literacy.

English

Our English program is designed to support every student, and they apply what they learn using books of their choice. We use the Reading Without Limits program for our curriculum. Each campus has a library with the best and most up to date young adult books from around the world. Students love pulling out a book, sitting on a beanbag, and reading with their peers.

In English class, students also learn practical skills as part of their coursework such as interviewing, leading teams, and writing presentations. This will help all of our students thrive on their future pathways.

Maths

In maths class, students learn new concepts with a variety of hands-on manipulatives like counters, blocks, and cards. They develop their mathematical thinking through exploration, games and conversations.

We also use the Maths Pathway program to help support students' individual needs. Students learn maths based on what they need and build their knowledge and skills with the support of their peers and teachers.

The Arts

Each campus offers a range of electives so that students can express themselves creatively and critically in the Arts. The Arts includes:

  • dance
  • drama
  • media arts
  • music
  • visual arts
  • visual communication design.

Students express, represent and communicate ideas in modern, traditional and emerging arts forms. The significant contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Australia’s art are explored, and students are encouraged to learn more about these unique and evolving traditions in Art Classes.

The Technologies

Students learn how to use technology to communicate creatively and critically. Teachers model how to use different apps like PowerPoint, Teams, Zoom, One Note, Canva and much more.

Every student receives an iPad in school, and students are supported to investigate and solve challenges using a range of tools, software and hardware.

Health and Physical Education

In Health and Physical Education, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to:

  • strengthen their sense of self
  • build and manage healthy relationships.

The curriculum helps students to be resilient, and to make decisions and take actions to promote their health, safety and physical activity. The Physical Education program teaches students about healthy, active living, which includes promoting:

  • physical fitness
  • healthy body weight
  • psychological wellbeing
  • consenting relationships
  • drug and alcohol education.

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