“The Junior School is a wonderful place for little people. It is a warm, supportive environment where every child is encouraged to feel welcome, valued and safe. We cater for children in the first stage of their formal education offering an Early Learning program for three and four year old children and two classes at each level from Prep to Year 6.
The Early Learning program is undertaken in our Early Learning Centre (ELC) and introduces our youngest children to the school setting in a program that draws on play and children’s natural inquisitiveness.
The ELC program enables children to make the transition to Prep more smoothly and with greater confidence. From Prep to Year 6, the children are introduced to a greater range of opportunities and experiences.
The Specialist Program allows our Specialist teachers to work closely with classroom teachers to develop a curriculum that links concepts and skills across a range of topics. Literacy and numeracy skills are a primary focus of the Prep to Year 6 program and integrated units are underpinned by Science, Health, Technology and SOSE (Studies of Society and Environment).
Special Days provide a focus for a different approach to learning such as our Oktoberfest where children participate in activities that consolidate class sessions and generate an interest in another culture.
The home-school connection is important at the Junior School and we welcome family members to the school on Special Persons’ day, to assist with school productions, assemblies and as classroom helpers during the term.
The Junior School is equipped with large, well-appointed classrooms that open onto a bright atrium and garden area, creating a physical environment conducive to learning. ELC to Year 4 classes are located within one building with Years 5 and 6 in an adjacent Learning Centre. Specialist classes are taken by highly qualified teachers in classrooms designed to support the curriculum. “
Head of Junior School
The Best Place for Little People
The Junior School is a warm, supportive environment where every child is encouraged to feel welcome, valued and safe.
Your child will be well cared for. Our staff prides itself on knowing and caring for all members of each child’s family.
Each child from Year 2 to Year 7 receives free music tuition on a rotation of orchestral instruments with opportunities to become part of our exciting musical ensembles.
Students can take advantage of a variety of co-curricular activities such as chess, yoga, performing arts, short film making and more.
The Early Learning Centre (ELC) establishes vital foundations so that your child receives the best possible start to their education.
The Early Learning Centre caters for children from the ages of three to five years. Please read below the age eligibility for ELC at The Knox School.
Children entering Pre-Prep 4 should be four years of age by 30 April in the year of commencement. This is in line with the legislated regulation that children are to be at least five years of age by 30 April in the year that they can attend Prep.
Children must be three years of age by 31 January in the year of commencement to be eligible to enter Pre-Prep 3 at The Knox School.
ELC classes provide a stimulating environment for children within a program based on individual progression. The ELC is an extension of home, a place where children feel loved, accepted and secure, as well as being a place where children are able to grow and develop their abilities. Parents are encouraged to attend different activities in the centre and their involvement on these days is greatly valued by all.
The ELC prepares children thoroughly for the expectations and day-to-day routine of school. Children aged four and five attend school assemblies and share integrated play areas with older students during their final months in the ELC to prepare them for the school years to come.
In the ELC, children are valued as individuals with regard to their emotional, social, physical and intellectual development and learning programs are designed with this in mind. The program aims to assist in each child’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional growth by offering:
a secure, caring, nurturing and well disciplined environment
support and encouragement for the development of self-direction and self-discipline
a focus on caring for others and tolerance of all differences
specialist teachers and facilities designed to extend each child and highlight their particular talents
The ELC offers children a spacious area in which to learn and play. Fully fenced playgrounds provide a safe and attractive area out of doors, whilst classroom areas are large and bright. Children wear a simple, practical uniform.
Children can attend for a minimum of two days in Pre-Prep 3 and a minimum of three days in Pre-Prep 4 to a maximum of five full days with fees varying accordingly. Parents may choose their required days in order to accommodate family needs. Pre-Prep hours are 8:40 am to 3:10 pm during school term only.
The Knox School is a Registered Child Care Provider, but is not a Child Care Benefit (CCB) approved Child Care Service.
Before and After School Care is available for students in the ELC.
The weekly program will include activities from:
- Performing Arts
- Perceptual Motor Program (PMP)
Transition to Prep
The Knox School considers the orientation process for its Prep students as a vital part of the process of transition from Kindergarten, Pre-School or the Early Learning Centre to School. All Prep students are able to visit the School on a number of occasions, either formally or informally, in order to become familiar with the surroundings, students and staff. Research shows that a well-structured orientation program is likely to ensure a smooth transition to school.
The Head of The Junior School interviews all prospective students and their parents, and a tour of the school is part of the process. Early in Term Four, an ELC Information Evening is held where the Prep program is discussed and information given in order to prepare the students and families for school. There are three more opportunities for Prep students to spend time with their possible class members and teachers, including a Mini-Olympics afternoon.
At The Knox Junior School we have a strong commitment to working with each child in a range of varied and interesting programs, designed to provide an excellent opportunity to learn and develop as an individual. Experienced and caring teachers, who have greater interaction with their students and parents, further support this in our small classes with no class larger than 24 students.
As part of the Junior School Program, our students are presented with a stimulating and challenging curriculum including:
Specialist Classes Include:
- Digital Technologies
- Performing Arts
- Physical Education & Health
- Visual Arts
Before and After School Care
Camp Australia provides a Before and After School Care Program located on the School premises. Camp Australia is a well recognised leader in this field. The Program is available on a casual or permanent basis to students from ELC to Year 6. Supervised by qualified and experienced staff, the Program provides a safe environment where children interact in a relaxed atmosphere with time for free play, organised activities or an opportunity to complete homework set in class.
All students involved in the program need to be registered with Camp Australia and forms are available from Camp Australia on 8851 4100, the Junior School Office on 8805 3800, or the Program Co-ordinator on 0412 801 010.
For up to date fees and charges, please go to the Camp Australia website
Camp Australia operates a regular School Holiday Program for students from Pre-School to Primary age. A wide variety of enjoyable and educational activities are incorporated into the program which operates from 8.00am until 6.00pm during each holiday break.
Families eligible for Childcare Benefit should register with Centrelink on 13 61 50.
Bookings can be arranged through:
Camp Australia on 1300 105 343
The Junior School Office on +61 3 8805 3800
Program Co-ordinator on 0412 801 010
The Best Place For Little People
The Junior School is an exciting, colourful space with happy and confident children.
Take a tour today and discover the difference for yourself.
The Junior Enrichment Program
The Knox School’s enrichment program has been developed for gifted and talented students from Prep to Year 6 and is designed to enrich and supplement the individualised learning already in place in our Junior and Middle School curriculum.
We recognise that Gifted Students’ abilities differ from their peers to such a degree that differentiated curricula and instructional techniques are needed to nurture growth and development.
The enrichment program exposes students to high level thinking skills and activities designed to supplement the regular curriculum to tap divergent, analytical, creative, and evaluative thinking.
Students will engage in differentiated open-ended learning activities that address their unique talents, challenge their thinking, cater for a huge range of different learning styles and techniques, and solve complex problems.
Students are always encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to explore creative problem solving as well as other more advanced concepts. They have the chance to enter competitions in mathematics, writing and poetry under the supervision of hand-picked staff who specialise in advancement education. Students are assessed regularly to monitor their progress.
Small groups and specialised staff ensure students selected in the program have an opportunity to explore and develop their potential beyond the traditional curriculum.
Students are carefully selected for the program through thorough testing and discussion and recommendation from teaching staff and the Heads of Schools.
The enrichment program is at no additional cost to parents.