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Primary

Learning through play at CHACCHAC Primary consists of 14 classes from Prep to Year 6, with two classes each for year level from Prep to Year 6. In January 2015, Years 3 to 6 moved into their brand new, state-of-the-art Upper Primary Centre, completing the new Primary Precinct for Prep to Year 6 students, with purpose-built learning areas, including adventure playgrounds, a Performance Art studio, and multi-purpose indoor/outdoor spaces.

Primary teachers and the Director of Primary work with a team of specialist teachers to deliver a balanced curriculum where the children are encouraged and taught to think, explore and create.

At CHAC we hold a strong belief that all children have tremendous talents and that as educators, it is our brief to nurture and develop these talents in all their forms. We do this by providing varied and engaging learning experiences designed to develop creativity across all areas of the Early Years and Primary curriculum.

- Elizabeth Chaplin, Director of Primary

Our Primary is a learning community where the students experience a sense of belonging through acceptance, co-operation and responsibility. It is our goal as teachers to encourage growth in each student's concept of his or her personal potential and to actively encourage him or her to strive to reach their individual potential.

In our classrooms, differentiated learning experiences are organised for students based on ability levels and specific needs across literacy and numeracy areas. Small group work and mixed groups are also utilised to support the development of the whole child. Critical thinking strategies are embedded across the key learning areas.

Our Primary students have access to Secondary facilities such as the Design and Tech Centre, Music, Art and Drama rooms, and the Research Centre. Specialist teachers teach the students in the areas of Health and Physical Education, Japanese, and Performance Arts.

Primary students are provided with the opportunity to participate in clubs and in a number of competitions, for example, Debating, the da Vinci Decathlon, Diakonos Committees, Primary Choir, Music Immersion programs and extended Arts opportunities.

Students participate in ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) competitions, conducted by the University of New South Wales. The program offers independent diagnostic assessments, with a competition element, in the subject areas of English, Mathematics and Science.

Learning Tools

What tools do we use to facilitate the implementation of our ambitious strategies, in order to achieve the best possible holistic educational outcomes for each future engineer, surgeon, entrepreneur, artist or author (to name but a few) entrusted to our care?

Leadership

The ability to realise our Vision to offer ’a distinctively innovative, successful and sustainable Anglican coeducation’ depends on an experienced and caring College Council, committed Senior Leadership Team, collaborative staff and motivated students, under the direction of a visionary Principal. Mrs Robyn Bell has led the College since 2004, and has instigated significant academic, structural, cultural and technological advancements, for the benefit of all CHAC students, in line with a long-term strategic plan for the College.

Being a House Leader has shown me many things I didn’t know about myself and taught me new skills about being a leader.

- Zachary, Year 6

Teachers

The Director of Primary is responsible for staff and students in Early Years and Upper Primary. There is also a Deputy Director, a team of teachers and teacher aides, and Administrative Assistants for Primary Reception and Primary Student Services. For Japanese, Health and Physical Education, and Performance Arts, students receive expert tuition from specialist Primary teachers.

Assessment

While CHAC has been named as a “top player” and “high performing school”, NAPLAN results illustrate just one aspect of a student’s progress. Success is achieved by the continuous monitoring of students as individuals, with differentiated learning strategies developed according to a student’s ability and specific needs.

To help facilitate the best possible outcomes for students, open communication includes parent-teacher interviews, student portfolios, and parent-student portfolio conferences. Primary students’ academic achievements are recognised twice a year at whole-school Academic Assemblies, as well as during the more informal Primary Assemblies.

Curriculum Overview

Cannon Hill Anglican College offers a curriculum framework which aims to provide a balanced and holistic education for all students and is focused on excellence in intellectual endeavour.

This framework is underpinned by the principles and traditions of the Anglican Church and promotes a lifestyle based on Christian values and is strongly aligned with the national goals and values for Australian schooling.

CHAC's Learning Community is a partnership between staff, students and parents committed to providing opportunities for students to become articulate, independent and self-motivated; who are capable of critical thinking, creative problem solving and working with others; who develop a realistic assessment of their own abilities, are adaptable to change, and who are able to make informed decisions about their ongoing education, vocational choices and personal relationships.

The curriculum aims to optimise each individual student's educational outcomes and to develop in each individual the attributes of a lifelong learner. Please click here if you would like to read the stories of two students (one past and one present) who have found inspiration in the world of Science.

Cannon Hill Anglican College endeavours to incorporate the following teaching and learning principles into all curriculum programs offered by the College:

  • Authentic Learning: exposing our students to real world experiences, issues and challenges.
  • Intellectual Quality: incorporating Higher Order Thinking in tasks, assessment items and discussions; ensuring students can relate new knowledge to the old and that they can apply their understandings to new situations.
  • Brain Compatible Learning: designing learning activities that are compatible with what we know about the brain by ensuring that students are given time to construct and process their learning, that learning is regularly tagged and by providing the skills to students to organise information in ways that the brain actually stores it.
  • A Variety of Teaching Styles: designing lessons to cater for the diverse learning styles of our students, including visual, kinaesthetic, tactile and verbal/linguistic learners.

Pastoral Care Program

The aim of the Pastoral Care program is to instil in our students a sense of security and connectedness within the College. Our Caring Holistic Anglican Community provides our students with a safe and caring learning community.

Another initiative which was introduced this year [2015] was our ‘Bucket Filling’, which has been incredibly positive. All students have actively been filling each other’s imaginary buckets by recognising the little things we do every day that are appreciated but often go unrecognised.”

Natalie and Tom, Year 6
Primary Spiritual Leaders 2015

Facilities

The Primary Precinct consists of the Early Years Centre (Prep to Year 2) and the Upper Primary Centre (Years 3 to 6), each of which incorporates modern, flexible and purpose-built air-conditioned learning spaces, with undercover play areas and integrated playgrounds that are functional, beautiful and inspiring spaces for children. The 1100-seat Auditorium is used for Primary’s weekly Assemblies, and Upper Primary students also participate in the weekly Assembly for Junior and Senior Secondary students.

Special age-appropriate times of worship are held in the Chapel of St Francis and St Clare. On special occasions, the whole school gathers in the Auditorium. Primary students also access purpose-built facilities for Music, Art, Drama, Science, and the College’s contemporary and student-friendly Research Centre.

Technology

Primary is fully equipped with College-based mobile technology including tablet computers, iPads, Window Surfaces, interactive whiteboards and interactive data projectors.