Mr Andrew Coote - Head of Junior School
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.
There are approximately 350 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 to 26 pupils in Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) before reaching 28 students per class in Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6).
Junior School teachers
The teaching staff in the Inaburra Junior School are professional, dedicated and dynamic Christian educators who hold a passion for developing the capacity of young children. The formal curriculum at Inaburra follows the syllabi of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA, formerly BOSTES) and students are offered programs in Mandarin, PE and music; each taught by specialist teachers. Each class in the Junior School offers opportunities which allow for such differentiated curriculum.
Students are also given the opportunity to participate in co-curricular programs that are on offer throughout the week. These include: God Squad, Debating, Science Club, Tech Crew, Dance Troupe and an extensive range of musical groups. Peripatetic music tutors are available to teach musical instruments or singing as individual lessons.
Every second year all Stage 3 students are involved in the Junior School production, conducted in front of live audiences in our modern Performing Arts Centre.
Student Welfare and Support
Students requiring extension, enrichment or learning support are assisted by the Learning Enrichment Team led by Dr Lye Chan Long. Literacy 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.
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 high school. Whilst still enjoying the benefit of the individual primary class teacher, each of our Year 6 students is taught by a number of Senior School teachers with expertise in specific subjects. These lessons take place in the Stage 3 Learning Centre as well as specialist classrooms in the high school. In addition, Year 6 students are provided with their own timetable and are also issued with a school diary, enabling them to learn the skills of organising homework and numerous teachers’ requests.
Junior School Merit System
The Junior School Merit System incorporates the Inaburra Learner Profile and the values associated with the Choose Respect Program. The plan is to create a simple, authentic and meaningful system that all students can commit to throughout their years in the Junior School. Integrity (explicit framework) rewards growth and development in individual students over time.
Linking the merit system to the Inaburra Learner Profile will integrate the values and characteristics that are present in our teaching programs. These are the 21st century soft skills that should be integrated into everyday life.
It allows for recognition of all types of learning that are foundational to the education offered at Inaburra.
The decision as to whether you enrol your child for Kindergarten can be a complex and highly individual decision for each family. Below are some FAQs, which may help you in your decision. For other enrolment information and FAQs please click here.
What is the best age to enrolment children in Kindergarten?
There is no right or wrong age, as a child’s readiness for school relies on a number of individual factors. Inaburra has a thorough assessment process conducted by highly experienced educators who will inform you as to whether your child is ready for Kindergarten or not.
What is the benefit of enrolling my child in Kindergarten at Inaburra?
The benefit of enrolling your child is a guaranteed position for the duration of their education.
Why should I consider enrolling my child for Kindergarten at Inaburra as opposed to a local school?
This decision is more about your personal assessment of the merits of an independent school education versus those of a public school education. The school years are integral to a child’s development and factors such as the culture of a school, its ability to make independent decisions and the community of like-minded parents are all considerations when answering that question for yourself and your child.