Integrating learning into life
Walk into a St Hilda’s junior classroom and you’ll see something very different. The bright and airy classrooms are complemented by outdoor areas that give students a chance to expand their minds and spirits in a variety of informal and formal areas to support different modes of learning.
St Hilda’s Junior School is nestled near the Swan River and provides a beautiful, natural environment for children to explore freely. The serene learning spaces stimulate their imagination and allow them to learn through movement and build confidence in their ability to collaborate and problem solve.
Teachers specialise in creating learning experiences that cross between curriculum, enhancing their understanding of concepts by seeing links and viewing the content through different lenses.
Principal Fiona Johnston believes that providing students with opportunities to learn through real-life experiences embeds new skills more effectively.
“Our classroom teachers collaborate with specialists to create learning opportunities across curriculum. It’s a much richer learning experience for our students and gives each child a chance to see a problem from many perspectives,” she said.
“What better way to learn about chemistry than through baking bread or understand basic engineering by solving a genuine problem in our community?
“Our teachers combine a range of teaching techniques that will be engaging for each child. And at the same time, they start to build core competencies such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking that will prepare them to learn for life.
“We encourage them to ask questions, be curious and question what they are learning.”
Central to this is the wellbeing of the student. Providing variety, connections with others and learning across a range of platforms empowers every child to learn in their own way.
St Hilda’s specialist curriculum introduces dance, languages, STEAM, art and music into the classroom from pre-primary. Additional cocurricular activities before and after school such as robotics, mixed media art, journalism, public speaking, and nature play give girls the opportunity to explore their passions and find a place to shine.