Junior School - Cranbrook School

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Junior School

Cranbrook Junior School

At Cranbrook Junior School we believe that learning is life’s greatest adventure and we challenge and foster the individual talents of each boy to help them fulfil their potential.  We provide a positive and caring learning environment to inspire all our boys to thrive.

Cranbrook Junior School provides learning opportunities for every student that not only encourages self-confidence and intellectual development but instils a sense of independence, responsibility and consideration of others.

Our programmes are based upon academic, cultural and personal development to ensure the potential of each boy is realised in accordance with his particular abilities and aspirations.  The construction of knowledge, understanding and the importance of skill development are central to all that we do at Cranbrook.

Junior School Curriculum

The curriculum for all students, Kindergarten to Year 6, is the prescribed NSW syllabuses incorporating the Australian Curriculum. We use the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum framework to guide our approach to teaching and learning.  The programme promotes global mindedness and a focus on students making a difference and taking action.

The PYP specifies ten learner characteristics that are reinforced throughout the programme. Learners are: Inquirers, Risk-takers, Caring, Thinkers, Knowledgeable, Open-minded,  Communicators, Principled, Balanced and Reflective.

Alongside academic excellence, we aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better world through inter-cultural understanding and respect, inspiring excellence and a celebration of difference.

We put our students at the centre of their own learning and place great emphasis on nurturing skills and attitudes such as resourcefulness, resilience and co-operation.

The PYP curriculum framework consists of five essential elements: concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and action. The knowledge component is developed through inquiries into six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, supported and balanced by six subject areas, reflecting the Australian Curriculum in NSW syllabus documents.

The Cranbrook Junior School Leadership Team

  • Headmaster Nicholas Sampson MA(Cantab)
  • Head of Junior School Michele Marquet MEd, BA, DipEd
  • Deputy Head of Junior School (Pastoral) Michael Quach BA UNSW, DipEd (Primary) Newcastle
  • Deputy Head of Junior School (Curriculum) Genet Erickson-Adam MEd
  • Deputy Head of Junior School (Operations & Staffing) Julie Johnson BA Psych (Hons), PGCE London
  • Assistant Director of Pastoral Care Christopher English BA(hons), University of Exeter
  • Assessment and Data Coordinator Christina Cellini MEd Syd, CertGiftEd UNSW, CertLA DSE
  • Educational Development Team Coordinator Lisa Hughes
  • Year Level Coordintor (Kindergarten) Neil White
  • Year Level Coordinator (Year 1) Roberta Henry
  • Year Level Coordinator (Year 2) Meg Walsh
  • Year Level Coordinator (Year 3) Sarah Riley
  • Year Level Coordinator (Year 4) Michaela Allen-Waters
  • Year Level Coordinator (Year 5) Sarah Murray
  • Year Level Coordinator (Year 6) Nathan Da Fonte

After-school Care

After-school care is operated by Kids Club After School Care and operates exclusively for Cranbrook students until 6pm Monday to Friday.

The After-school program is fun and exciting and provides a wide range of experiences using both the indoor and outdoor environments. It is a place for new adventures, friendships and most importantly it as a great way to spend the afternoon.