Mr Andrew Coote is the Head of the Junior School (Years K to 6). Mr Coote took up this role at the start of 2012, having previously served as Principal of Avondale Grammar School in Singapore, Head of Junior School at Wyvern House (Newington) and Head of Junior School at Ravenswood.
Mr Coote is assisted by the Director of Junior School Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, Mrs Julie Davis and the acting Director of Junior School Welfare, Mrs Richelle Hatton. Mrs Trish Durham is the Infants Co-ordinator. The teaching staff in the Inaburra Junior School are professional, dedicated and dynamic Christian educators.
There are approximately 340 students in the Inaburra Junior School; there are two classes for each year from Kindergarten to Year 6. Classes in K-2 are capped at 22 students. This number increases in Years 3 and 4 before reaching 28 students per class in Years 5 and 6.
Teachers at Inaburra follow the NSW Board of Studies Syllabus Documents. In addition to the Key Learning Areas, Junior School students are offered programs in Mandarin, PE and music; these are taught by specialist teachers. Teachers at Inaburra offer programs that focus on both differentiation within the classroom and on students with particular interests and abilities. Each class in the Junior School offers opportunities which allow for such differentiated curriculum.
Students requiring extension, enrichment or learning support are supported by the Learning Enrichment team. Literacy support and numeracy support are both provided in-class and through withdrawal lessons as needed. The programs utilised in this support are tailored to meet the specific needs of individual students.
From Kindergarten through to Year Six, the students enjoy a happy, positive school environment. The Junior School has embedded the “Choose Respect” program in the daily life of the community; this program cultivates a whole-school approach to relationships and character formation around the idea of respect. The teaching staff use the “Choose Respect” program to help to resolve the behavioural and social challenges that arise amongst young people from time to time. While not tolerating inappropriate behaviour, we also recognise that these challenges provide valuable learning opportunities for students to develop appropriate social and emotional behaviour.
Inaburra students have many opportunities to participate in sport at school. The school competes in the Christian Schools Sporting Association for swimming, athletics and cross-country carnivals, which then provides opportunity for further representative competition through the Combined Independent Schools and the NSW Primary School’s Sporting Association. There are also Gala Days and inter-school competitions for a number of sports, including netball, basketball, football, gymnastics and cricket. After-school sports coaching programs are provided on the school site for interested students. The Junior School students are able to make use of the school’s sporting facilities, including the indoor basketball court, cricket nets, netball courts and playing field.
Students are also given the opportunity to participate in co-curricular programs that are on offer during lunchtimes. These include: God Squad; debating; Chess Group, Science Club, Tech Crew, Band and Choir. Peripatetic music tutors are available to teach musical instruments or singing as individual lessons.
One of the features of the Inaburra Junior School is the Year 6 Transition program. The goal of this program is to help our students become familiar with the dynamic of secondary education in order to facilitate a smooth transition to the Inaburra Senior School. Whilst still enjoying the benefit of the individual primary class teacher, each of our Year Six students is taught by a number of secondary teachers with expertise in specific subjects. These lessons take place in specialist classrooms in the Senior School. The subjects studied include: Mandarin; P.E.; Music; Visual Art; Media Studies and Science. In addition, Year Six students are provided with their own Senior School Timetable and are issued with a Senior Diary, enabling them to learn the skills of organizing homework & numerous teachers' requests.