Primary

Junior Primary

The junior primary (Years 1 and 2) program is a welcoming, dynamic environment where learning is fun, challenging and engaging. This setting fosters a sense of belonging and love for learning that is critical in the early years of primary. Each child is nurtured and encouraged to learn and grow academically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally. 

The College takes a holistic approach to learning during these foundational years, when literacy and numeracy plays a critical role in the entire curriculum. In these foundational years, imagination and creative expression are encouraged, and God is a natural part of day-to-day learning and life.

Quality Learning

Classroom teachers employ Robert Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching, an instructional model that promotes positive learning environments, explicit instruction, and effective feedback. Specialist teachers encourage students to extend themselves and expand their potential across a broad range of areas, and selected cocurricular activities such as the annual speech competition motivate and assist in the development of learning confidence. The College’s multi-disciplinary Music Department also offers many opportunities for students to learn a wide variety of instruments and participate in eisteddfods and other music competitions.  

In the classroom, teachers provide enrichment for those who display high levels of ability, interest and motivation. For students assessed with disabilities or other special learning needs (including ESL and remedial needs), the Enhanced Learning Department collaborates with teachers and parents to develop a plan that will make learning more accessible. 

Technology in the Classroom

All primary classrooms are digitally equipped with age-appropriate technology to enhance the delivery of the curriculum and meet the needs of a broad range of learning styles. In Years 1 and 2, students begin on a path towards digital enquiry and problem solving, working and connecting with each other and the world as part of 21st century learning. Developing new and exciting ways of enhancing student learning is an important component of teacher professional learning.

Wellbeing and Support

The wellbeing of individual students in primary school is monitored by a pastoral care team that includes class teachers, school chaplains and learning support staff. In primary school, students are explicitly taught school values that establish the positive Christian culture throughout our college and for which BAC is known. The BAC Way and a restorative approach to discipline focuses on building, maintaining and restoring relationships. 

Curriculum 

Junior Primary teaches in line with the Australian Curriculum for Years 1 and 2. These are the years of developing vital infrastructure for future learning, where foundational knowledge is put into place and skills are practiced.

During these foundational years, the emphasis on literacy and numeracy acquisition spans every learning area. Subjects may include: 

  • Religious Studies (Encounter Bible Program)
  • English (reading, writing, spelling and handwriting)
  • Mathematics
  • Integrated Studies (Prep and Year 1)
  • History (Year 2)
  • Geography (Year 2)
  • Health (Year 2)
  • Science (Year 2)
  • Design and Technology
  • Visual Art
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Music
  • Language (Chinese Mandarin)
  • Physical Education

BAC Distinctives

The College encourages students to be involved in a wide range of activities designed for the development of the whole person.

Spiritual enhancement: 

  • Weekly chapel programs
  • Week of Worship

Personal improvement and social inclusion:

  • Under 8’s Week 
  • Children’s Day (Year 1) 
  • BAC Values program
  • Class social activities

Talent development:

  • Ensemble (award winning)
  • Private music lessons (see table for various instruments)
  • School musicals (alternate years for Primary and Secondary)

Senior Primary

In the senior primary (Years 3-6) program, students participate in engaging lessons and activities to maintain learning momentum. With the greater independence of age, they interact more profoundly with new knowledge, develop and deepen their understanding of complex concepts, test their ideas and extend their thinking skills. 

Leadership opportunities are a highlight in the last year of primary school with Year 6 students able to nominate for participation in a wide range of roles aimed at supporting staff and fellow students.

Quality Learning

Classroom teachers employ Robert Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching, an instructional model that promotes positive learning environments, explicit instruction, and effective feedback. Specialist teachers encourage students to extend themselves and expand their potential across a broad range of areas, and selected cocurricular activities such as the annual speech competition motivate and assist in the development of learning confidence. The College’s multi-disciplinary Music Department also offers many opportunities for students to learn a wide variety of instruments and participate in eisteddfods and other music competitions. 

Personal excellence is encouraged across all year levels. In the classroom, teachers provide enrichment for those who display high levels of ability, interest and motivation. Learning support teachers and teacher aides formulate and implement differentiated curricula for students assessed with complex learning needs, assist in learning acceleration for remedial students, and fast-track literacy development for those with English as a second language (ESL).

Technology in the Classroom

All primary classrooms are digitally equipped with age-appropriate technology to enhance the delivery of the curriculum and meet the needs of a broad range of learning styles. Digital enquiry and problem solving, working and connecting as part of 21st century learning equips students for the one-to-one laptop program that is part of learning and teaching in Secondary. Developing new and exciting ways of enhancing student learning is an important component of teacher professional learning.

Wellbeing and Support

The wellbeing of individual students in primary school is monitored by a pastoral care team that includes class teachers, school chaplains and learning support staff. Throughout primary school, the BAC Way is explicitly taught in the classroom and helps to establish the positive Christian culture for which our College is known. The restorative approach to discipline focuses on building and maintaining relationships and repairing those that may have broken down. 

In a year that signifies endings and new beginnings, Year 6 students begin their transition to Secondary under the watchful eyes of the Year 6 and Year 7 teachers. A safe conduit to the Year 7 learning environment is achieved via guest visits across the bridge that spans the two campuses, specialist lessons and the gradual acclimatisation to new routines.

Curriculum

The senior primary school teaches in line with the Australian Curriculum. Our goal is to develop confident, independent learners that are inquirers, communicators, knowledgeable, principled, service-oriented, open-minded and reflective

These are the consolidation years of primary school. By Year 6, student are also preparing for their transition to the junior secondary phase of learning.

Subjects may include: 

  • Religious Studies
  • English (reading, writing, spelling and handwriting) 
  • Mathematics
  • Civics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Health
  • Science
  • Design and technology
  • Information Communications Technology
  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Language (Chinese Mandarin)
  • Physical Education

BAC Distinctives

The College encourages students to be involved in a wide range of activities designed for the development of the whole person.

Spiritual enhancement:

  • Weekly chapel programs
  • Week of Worship

Personal improvement and social inclusion:

  • Empowering Girls Program
  • BAC Values program
  • Class social activities

Talent development:

  • BAC Speech Competition 
  • Academic competitions (Internationally recognised)
  • Musical productions (alternate years for Primary and Secondary)
  • JRR Interschool Debating (Years 5 & 6)
  • District sport and training (Years 4-6)
  • Ensemble (award winning)
  • Choir (Years 4-6)
  • Private music lessons (see table for various instruments)