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The Junior School at Genazzano caters for students from Prep through to Year 6. Grange Hill is home for the Prep to Year 4 students and Year 5 and 6 students make the transition to the D'houet Building, a purpose built facility with flexible learning spaces. Students have access to a number of specialist spaces such as science labs, art rooms and library, as well as shared learning spaces for quiet study.
The future looks bright at Genazzano, with exciting plans for the new Year 5 and 6 Learning Centre, opening in 2021. Look out for further details about the design in the coming months!
Why transition to Genazzano in Year 5?
A number of key Genazzano programs commence at Year 5, from our Co-curricular Program to our Year 5/6 Music and Sporting Programs. Having the opportunity to immerse themselves in these programs allows our students to settle into the life and routine of a Gen Girl, enabling a very smooth transition into Year 7 and the Genazzano Senior School.
The Junior School has the support of Literacy and Numeracy Coaches, a Learning Enhancement Teacher, a Digital Technologies Teacher and a Gifted and Talented Program. The team approach to the education and formation of our youngest students is central to the success of the Junior School, where each student is known and her needs met in a personalised and targeted way.
The girls in the Junior School are afforded many wonderful opportunities to add depth and breadth to the classroom curriculum. Our camp program commences in Year 2 with CampGen, an ‘in house’ extended school day, all the way through to Year 6 where the girls head to Canberra for a full week’s immersion in the history and politics of our great nation.
Our Physical Education program is extensive and rigorous and features a fortnightly swimming lesson in our indoor 25m swimming pool for all students, tailored specifically to meet each girl’s skills and experience. The co-curricular program begins in Prep with offerings such as tennis lessons, music tuition, dance classes and chess club extending to over 130 different activities in Years 5 and 6. We hold a yearly art show, Les Jeunes Artistes, which showcases the beautiful and unique artworks each girl has created through our Art Program and the Prep to Year 4 and Year 5 and 6 productions are not to be missed.
Our Junior School girls interact with many wonderful role models in our Senior School. Interaction with many of our College Leaders brings an added dimension to the learning of our girls and involves them in the broader life of the College, through events such as Sustainability and Social Justice weeks, Gen Day and Gen’s Got Talent. College House events are a highlight on the calendar, with Junior School students being full participants in athletics and swimming carnivals. Our very youngest students join with our oldest students in celebrating academic achievement across the College and see firsthand where aspiration, determination and commitment can lead.
Prep to Year 4 students each have an iPad for their exclusive use within the classroom. Classrooms are digitally rich learning environments, using interactive white boards, Apple TV and video streaming to engage and stimulate.
Students in Years 5 and 6 use Apple MacAir notebooks in the classrooms across all curriculum areas and are also able to engage in GenTech, the co-curricular program that enables students to explore digital technologies, programming, coding and problem solving.
We understand the importance of communication with home and parents and seek to form a partnership with our families. We do this by providing regular contact between parents and teaching staff. All students and families have access to the College Learning Management System (GenLMS) which provides online access to all class and teaching materials. GenLMS also provides all students with extension work and extra resources to help support what is presented in class. Students can also view their timetable and receive automatic notifications about deadlines and review feedback online across multiple devices.