Helena College Junior School at the Darlington Campus is single stream from Kindy to Year 3 and has an intake offering at Year 4 and 5 to fill two classes in each year level.
Year 6 students complete their last year of primary education within the Middle Years Programme (Years 6–9) on the Senior, Glen Forrest Campus. We believe this allows for a smoother transition to secondary schooling.
At the Junior School, our teaching and learning revolves around a sturdy commitment to literacy and numeracy and the development of positive learning habits.
We believe learning should be fun, engaging and memorable with all students experiencing success. A good education shows children how to become independent learners, able to drive their own learning through inquiry, curiosity and passion.
While the Western Australian curriculum determines what our students learn. The way our students learn is through the concept-based approach of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Core learning is addressed through a series of investigations into big ideas such as ‘Who we are’ and ‘How the world works’, ‘How we organise ourselves’, and ‘Sharing the planet’.
In the classroom, primary subjects cover English, Maths, Science and Humanities. Specialist classes cover Health & PE, Indonesian, Performing Arts including dance, drama and music, Art, Library and Computing. The Junior School also offers a wide range of campus-based Electives delivered during school hours. This gives our students access to a range of activities they would normally only get outside of school. Another unique offering at Helena is our whole school Camps Programme. We believe even our youngest students are ready for personal growth and resilience building that is developed through camps.
Our first camp starts in Pre-Primary with an overnight sleepover on campus. From there students go on camp every year with an increase in the number of days they are away, and activities designed to build on personal challenges, confidence, and appropriate risk-taking.