Early Childhood Education around the World (1) AUSTRALIA
|タイトル||Early Childhood Education around the World (1) AUSTRALIA|
|取材先ご芳名||St. Monica’s Primary School of Wodonga|
|住所||137 Brockley Street Wodonga, Victoria, 3690 AUSTRALIA|
|【Australian Education System】
The Australian education system provides primary, secondary and tertiary education. Education in Australia can begin as early as age three, however schooling isn’t required until children are five. From that point forward school is continuous until age 18, though children 15 and older aren’t required to continue their education (by law). The first grade level after kindergarten is Year 1, and the final grade level before graduation to post secondary education is year 12.
At the preschool stage, typically available for students aged three to four these children usually participate in activities like puzzles, painting, cutting and pasting, reading and listening to stories, playing dress up, listening to music, dancing, climbing, balancing, using computers, playing with clay, playing with sand and water and playing with blocks. these activities help students develop skills in problem solving, communicating and socializing, as well as building confidence and setting the stage for more formal learning.
Primary school is typically kindergarten through five, six or seven. Students in Kindergarten through Year 3 begin to attend “core” subject area classes, with a focus on literacy and numeracy. Emphasis is on English and Mathematics, however, students also begin to develop an understanding of their environment through science and social studies. Health and physical education curriculum is also introduced to help students further develop social and emotional skills.
From Year 3 to Year 6, the same subjects are continued, however, students are typically also introduced to foreign language learning at this point. In recent years there’s been an increased push towards developing a robust technologies curriculum for students in this age group, in which students develop an understanding of data, digital systems and their interactions, computational thinking, and design and creation of digital tools.
【St. Monica’s Primary School of Wodonga】
The school believes that all students need an engaging curriculum that provides them with a variety of learning experiences and caters for all. They aim to provide a challenging environment that caters the needs of each learner. Through Discovery students have the opportunity to explore their own interests, ideas and talents.
They strongly believe that every school can improve by the help and partnership with the parents, students, teachers, school administrators and other staffs. And it also contribute to a positive learning outcomes of the students.
The school has a “Pastoral Care Programs” that are planned within religious Education and Personal Development Curriculum. It involves every member of the school community to share responsibility among individuals to attain its success. They also observed “The Restorative Practice” approach to behavior management that aims to restore relationships that become the building blocks for all learning.
【Snapshot of life at St. Monica’s】
You can watch the YouTube video of school life at St.Monica from the link above. (Click the school name “St. Monica’s Primary School of Wodonga” under the title)
In this video, it shows the different indoor and outdoor activities they have at St. Monica’s such as writing, reading, workbook, drawing, paper arts, playing basketball, playing inside the sandbox, assembling ‘Lego’ and a lot more fun games and activities. The kids are also being taught to become nice and kind to people, make new friends and the kids evidently love to learn new things.
The school has four different areas of activities:
-Father’s Day Breakfast
-Ride to School Days
-Mothers an Fathers Stalls
St. Monica’s Primary School of Wodonga