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THE LEARNING STARTS HERE

THE LEARNING STARTS HERE

Scotch Oakburn College is a school with a big heart, built on strong relationships and a culture of care, designed to give every child a sense of belonging and firm roots from which to grow and build. The best time to start at Scotch Oakburn is when learning starts.

We celebrate childhood, we nurture and care for every child. Our staff forge close relationships with child and parent, gaining insight and understanding to provide outstanding learning and pastoral care.  

What is Pre-prep? Pre-Prep is part of our Early Learning Centre and is for students turning five during the school year. Our Early Learning Centre is unique to most as it is connected to our school, led by qualified teachers, has access to specialist teachers for activities like PE, technology and music, and resources such as our conneXions Hub. It is the perfect place to start the learning journey.

We recognise the potential in everyone.
We promote self-awareness and self-confidence so students can thrive.
Students have room to breathe, have fun and enjoy endless opportunities.
We combine a unique set of ingredients for a truly exceptional experience.

THE LEARNING STARTS HERE

THE LEARNING STARTS HERE

Scotch Oakburn College is a school with a big heart, built on strong relationships and a culture of care, designed to give every child a sense of belonging and firm roots from which to grow and build. The best time to start at Scotch Oakburn is when learning starts.

We celebrate childhood, we nurture and care for every child. Our staff forge close relationships with child and parent, gaining insight and understanding to provide outstanding learning and pastoral care.  

What is Pre-prep? Pre-Prep is part of our Early Learning Centre and is for students turning five during the school year. Our Early Learning Centre is unique to most as it is connected to our school, led by qualified teachers, has access to specialist teachers for activities like PE, technology and music, and resources such as our conneXions Hub. It is the perfect place to start the learning journey.

We recognise the potential in everyone.
We promote self-awareness and self-confidence so students can thrive.
Students have room to breathe, have fun and enjoy endless opportunities.
We combine a unique set of ingredients for a truly exceptional experience.

“I am truly excited to introduce you to our Pre-Prep (or Kinder) and Prep.  These earliest years are where we foster a thirst for life-long learning. Scotch Oakburn College is a school and a community with a big heart, which is built on strong relationships and a culture of care.”

Andy Müller
Principal

A STRUCTURED LEARNING APPROACH

WE CONSISTENTLY DELIVER QUALITY LEARNING OUTCOMES

● Structured learning is a specialised craft learnt over many years of experience. All children love to play, explore and discover. This is underpinned by a clear purpose and curriculum-linked process which drives outcomes.
● Capped class sizes and strong staff; student ratios foster greater relationships and close learning partnerships between parents, teachers and students.

DEDICATED TEACHERS & LEARNING ASSISTANTS

EXPERIENCED AND PASSIONATE

● All classes have 100% dedicated, full-time teachers and Learning Assistants who are committed to each class group. This year round commitment and consistency provides a deeper connection with students and improved learning outcomes.
● Our teachers and Learning Assistants, over time, develop lasting, in-depth knowledge and relationships with each and every student and family. This partnership supports the close tracking of student needs and progress.

WE ARE EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIALISTS

WE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING

● Early Childhood specialist staff know intimately the academic, social, emotional and physical learning needs and developmental pathways for 4-8-year old children.
● Our commitment to lifelong learning supports the ongoing professional learning for all staff. This ongoing development of all staff ensures our student experiences are at the leading edge of emerging educational research.

HOW DO OUR LEARNERS LEARN?

A CLEAR FOCUS ON INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING

● What is Inquiry-Based Learning? Inquiry-based learning is a form of active learning that starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios. It contrasts with traditional education, which generally relies on the teacher presenting facts and their own knowledge about the subject.
● Explicit teaching is also woven through inquiry-based learning.
● Strengths-based starting points are provided for each student.
● Learner self-belief is a high priority.
● Strong underlying Reggio Emilia influence.

OUR LEARNER PROFILE

ACADEMIC AND LEARNER ATTRIBUTES

● Academic progress is tracked in parallel with Learner Attributes in a holistic approach, blending curriculum and character development year on year through the College.
● Introduction to College co-curricular programs begin immediately.
● Individual ePortfolios help parents see their child’s all round learning development.

THOROUGH LITERACY AND NUMERACY DEVELOPMENT

WE ARE FOCUSED ON CRITICAL FOUNDATION LEARNING

● Building a solid base of critical foundational learning is the cornerstone of future academic success and development. Our early learning specialists have a clear structure that addresses this important point.
● Strong phonics (teaching method) core provides the foundation for emergent reading development.
● The College’s specialist Literacy teacher works alongside each class teacher in Prep to maximise every opportunity, ensuring every student has the chance to succeed.
● Our dedicated Learning Support staff provide another layer of support to our Prep students delivering literacy or numeracy tuition.

AMAZING LEARNING SPACES

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR, STUDENTS HAVE ROOM TO LEARN AND EXPLORE

● Our classroom learning environments inspire students to engage with their learning.
● The ConneXions Hub, our child-centred library promotes the love of reading through the many visiting authors and special guests who also share this passion.
● Our Mary Fox Performing Arts Centre hosts our dedicated music programs.
● HPEC@Elphin is our home to PE and a wide range of sports programs.
● The Elphin Campus hosts the College pool and a dedicated Arts Studio.
● All ‘Junior School Students’ regularly visit the Penquite Campus which provides access to a wealth of other opportunities.

OUTDOOR LEARNING

A GREAT ENVIRONMENT FOR THE BEST RESULTS

● Claremont Garden and Park contribute to the expansive outdoor learning spaces on campus.
● The College Wetlands on the Penquite Campus is the home for Bush Learning.
● Bush Learning programs in Pre-Prep and Prep build environmental understanding and set the scene for future Education Outdoors learning.
● College Education Outdoors specialist staff begin the EL- Year 12 pathway with all students.

WE ARE ONE COMMUNITY

WE ENROL THE WHOLE FAMILY

● One of the College's four strategic priorities, Community, is the heart and soul of the College.
● School is a learning partnership with families. When enrolling your child you are enrolling the whole family. Together we build a sense of belonging, trust and engagement.
● Our highly committed Year Level Parent Representatives work closely with the College, working as a voice for all parents in our learning community.
● A dedicated Community Education program, linked to the College’s 2035 Vision, delivers a whole host of learning opportunities and forums spread across the academic year. Typically, these opportunities are specifically built for our parent community.

OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE

PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AND CARE AS NEEDED

● Before School care from 7.30am and After School Care until 6.00pm is available on all school days.
● Exciting and diverse Vacation Care programs are available during school holiday breaks.

WE CONSISTENTLY DELIVER QUALITY LEARNING OUTCOMES

● Structured learning is a specialised craft learnt over many years of experience. All children love to play, explore and discover. This is underpinned by a clear purpose and curriculum-linked process which drives outcomes.
● Capped class sizes and strong staff; student ratios foster greater relationships and close learning partnerships between parents, teachers and students.

EXPERIENCED AND PASSIONATE

● All classes have 100% dedicated, full-time teachers and Learning Assistants who are committed to each class group. This year round commitment and consistency provides a deeper connection with students and improved learning outcomes.
● Our teachers and Learning Assistants, over time, develop lasting, in-depth knowledge and relationships with each and every student and family. This partnership supports the close tracking of student needs and progress.

WE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING

● Early Childhood specialist staff know intimately the academic, social, emotional and physical learning needs and developmental pathways for 4-8-year old children.
● Our commitment to lifelong learning supports the ongoing professional learning for all staff. This ongoing development of all staff ensures our student experiences are at the leading edge of emerging educational research.

A CLEAR FOCUS ON INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING

● What is Inquiry-Based Learning? Inquiry-based learning is a form of active learning that starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios. It contrasts with traditional education, which generally relies on the teacher presenting facts and their own knowledge about the subject.
● Explicit teaching is also woven through inquiry-based learning.
● Strengths-based starting points are provided for each student.
● Learner self-belief is a high priority.
● Strong underlying Reggio Emilia influence.

ACADEMIC AND LEARNER ATTRIBUTES

● Academic progress is tracked in parallel with Learner Attributes in a holistic approach, blending curriculum and character development year on year through the College.
● Introduction to College co-curricular programs begin immediately.
● Individual ePortfolios help parents see their child’s all round learning development.

WE ARE FOCUSED ON CRITICAL FOUNDATION LEARNING

● Building a solid base of critical foundational learning is the cornerstone of future academic success and development. Our early learning specialists have a clear structure that addresses this important point.
● Strong phonics (teaching method) core provides the foundation for emergent reading development.
● The College’s specialist Literacy teacher works alongside each class teacher in Prep to maximise every opportunity, ensuring every student has the chance to succeed.
● Our dedicated Learning Support staff provide another layer of support to our Prep students delivering literacy or numeracy tuition.

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR, STUDENTS HAVE ROOM TO LEARN AND EXPLORE

● Our classroom learning environments inspire students to engage with their learning.
● The ConneXions Hub, our child-centred library promotes the love of reading through the many visiting authors and special guests who also share this passion.
● Our Mary Fox Performing Arts Centre hosts our dedicated music programs.
● HPEC@Elphin is our home to PE and a wide range of sports programs.
● The Elphin Campus hosts the College pool and a dedicated Arts Studio.
● All ‘Junior School Students’ regularly visit the Penquite Campus which provides access to a wealth of other opportunities.

A GREAT ENVIRONMENT FOR THE BEST RESULTS

● Claremont Garden and Park contribute to the expansive outdoor learning spaces on campus.
● The College Wetlands on the Penquite Campus is the home for Bush Learning.
● Bush Learning programs in Pre-Prep and Prep build environmental understanding and set the scene for future Education Outdoors learning.
● College Education Outdoors specialist staff begin the EL- Year 12 pathway with all students.

WE ENROL THE WHOLE FAMILY

● One of the College’s four strategic priorities, Community, is the heart and soul of the College.
● School is a learning partnership with families. When enrolling your child you are enrolling the whole family. Together we build a sense of belonging, trust and engagement.
● Our highly committed Year Level Parent Representatives work closely with the College, working as a voice for all parents in our learning community.
● A dedicated Community Education program, linked to the College’s 2035 Vision, delivers a whole host of learning opportunities and forums spread across the academic year. Typically, these opportunities are specifically built for our parent community.

PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AND CARE AS NEEDED

● Before School care from 7.30am and After School Care until 6.00pm is available on all school days.
● Exciting and diverse Vacation Care programs are available during school holiday breaks.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

ROUND SQUARE

As a global Round Square School, we introduce the IDEALS of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmental understanding, Adventure, Leadership and Service.

HPE

Specialist HPE teachers take lessons with each class: PMP sessions with Pre-Prep classes, HPE lessons with Prep. This includes Learn-to-Swim with Prep in the College pool using a specially designed “shallow” platform.

As a part of the Junior School and wider Scotch Oakburn community, our Pre-Prep and Prep students get the advantages of so much more.  These are just some of those things.

MUSIC

Specialist music teachers take lessons in each class and private music tuition is offered on-campus.

LANGUAGES       

Languages (currently Chinese) are taught through an online ELLA program in Pre-Prep, with a Languages specialist teacher in Prep.

CODING

Coding and introduction to robotics are taught by our Learning Technologies teacher.

BELONGING

Our Buddy Class program and Junior School House activities foster belonging and inclusivity.

SPECIALIST TEACHING &
SUPPORT STAFF

Our teaching & support staff are experts in their fields.

Their breadth of knowledge and life experiences add a rich and deep level of unparalleled learning that extends well beyond the classroom.

This knowledge and experience is passed on to our students as they are mentored and challenged to think deeply about possibilities and strive to achieve their best as individuals.

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P: (03) 6336 3407
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