We are home to 1700 students from 40 nationalities. We are inclusive and celebrate our diversity by welcoming students of all faiths.
Our Language Arts programme is central to the learning and development of all our students. Our essential goals are to create effective communicators and critical thinkers who are able to analyse, understand and build relationships with the world around them.
Oral Communication is the foundation of literacy and encompasses all aspects of speaking and listening skills. We ensure that within our curriculum there are many opportunities for students to interact with others, listen to and use language, expand vocabulary and become effective communicators. We believe in the importance of ensuring that students engage with ‘purposeful talk’ as a tool for learning so that they can clarify and articulate their thoughts or ideas. Thinking aloud enables learners to construct and reconstruct meaning, to better understand the world around them. Discussion and oral presentations are core aspects of lessons as students gather information, rehearse their thinking, and express knowledge or points of view. Our students learn how to listen attentively, to understand and evaluate what they hear, to think about literal and inferred meaning and to respond appropriately.
The primary purpose of our reading curriculum is for students to develop an appetite for reading and a love of literature. The world of books is opened up to our students with many opportunities to engage with texts on their own or with others. We teach our children reading behaviours to develop personal stamina, choice and independence. We want our students to be joyful, voracious and independent readers who possess a deep appreciation and understanding of literature.
Our beginning readers are supported in their reading instruction through daily phonics work and a rigorous levelled reading programme which supports their accuracy and comprehension skills until they are independent readers. The reading programme then transitions to place emphasis on developing increasingly complex comprehension strategies and opportunities for the interpretation of themes, perspectives and purpose of a variety of text types.
Writing is a powerful means by which we remember, develop, organise and communicate ideas, feelings and information. Through our writing curriculum we hope to inspire writers who compose with passion and ease. We want our students to be motivated, confident writers who see writing as an everyday, useful and enjoyable experience.
Through our Writers Workshops, students are encouraged to express themselves creatively, imaginatively and effectively in arrange of genres. Students become enthusiastic and critical readers of quality mentor texts, so as to have exposure to effective models of the written form and the opportunity to study how authors write. We are dedicated to developing writers through our daily writing experiences and ensuring that children are engaged in purposeful opportunities with authentic purposes and audiences.