Newman College loves the uniqueness and energy of small children. We offer a personalised approach to learning in a safe and supportive environment at our Early Childhood Education campus. The primary intake year is Kindergarten.
We weave an informal and flexible play-based learning approach designed to move a child through a developmental pathway towards literacy and numeracy. Throughout the journey, families remain our closest partners in this process.
Our program promotes the development of children who demonstrate the attributes of autonomy, curiosity, persistence, reasoning, problem-solving, responsibility, imagination and creativity.
Through Kindergarten towards Year 2 our children will transition from wondering about ‘what’ and ‘why’ towards learning ‘how’ to do things.
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Early Childhood Education – Nature Play
The Nature Play Initiative provides students at Newman College with natural, adventurous, and engaging play spaces. These enhance every aspect of their development and early learning. It encourages our children’s love of nature and learning. In doing so, this delivers benefits in health, cognitive, social and emotional development. It also builds resilience, creativity and environmental stewardship in our children.
Natural play spaces use a blend of natural areas, environmental features and plants. This engages and challenges children, while encourage them to learn about the natural world around them. Swings, slides and elements typically found in ‘pre-formed’ playgrounds are included, but natural play spaces focus on also offering ‘unstructured’ activities for learning. Therefore, children are able to participate in spontaneous and imaginative play and problem-solving.
Some of the typical elements of a functional and effective nature play space include:
- A nature zone (e.g. plants/trees and loose materials like pebbles).
- Bark, rocks, nuts, sticks etc.
- Sandpit and digging patch.
- Water play.
- Outdoor meeting spaces/cubby structures.
- Equipment for loco motor development (e.g. balancing, swinging, sliding, climbing).
Early Learning Ideas Lab
The Ideas Lab at Newman College is the latest edition to our teaching and learning landscape. Designed to inspire our early learning students from Pre-Kindy to Year 2, the Ideas Lab comes from the concept of a ‘Makerspace’. Moreover, this is a place for children to explore, create and work collaboratively together. It is a community centre with tools that combine equipment, community and education for the purpose of enabling students to design, prototype and create. Newman College aspires to grow creative lifelong thinkers. Therefore, it is not about the teachers having the right methodology to generate an answer, it is about setting tasks where there can be multiple pathways to a finishing point. The Ideas Lab is a tangible resource for students to explore these paths for themselves.
Before School / After School / Holiday Care Program
Newman College in partnership with Mercy Care, offers before school, after school and holiday care. The program is available daily at the Early Childhood Centre, 49 Peebles Road, Floreat for Newman College students. The service is available for children in Kindy (if they have turned 4 and there is a vacancy) to Year 6. Children in Years 3-6 are transported to and from the Upper Primary Campus each morning and afternoon.
Primary School – Gifted and Talented
We believe that all students are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential. This potential comes in many different forms be that intellectual, physical, creative, emotional, or social. We also believe that students should be able to live and develop as well adjusted, autonomous and valued members of society.
All students have particular and individual needs. These must be met if their goals are to be achieved. Therefore, it is important that the education of every student be individually planned.
Newman College is committed to providing a sufficiently challenging curriculum for all of its students. In addition, we provide opportunities to identify and in turn nurture those who are gifted and talented. Our Gifted and Talented Program for Years 1-6 delivers educational experiences of an appropriate depth and breadth for students identified as having exceptional academic ability.
The program is specifically designed to provide an engaging and challenging curriculum. It provides a learning environment which enables students to work cooperatively with students of similar abilities and interests. Furthermore, it provides access to a range of opportunities to work with more abstract, advanced and complex problems and content beyond the mainstream curriculum lessons.
These opportunities aim to stimulate interest, challenge, inform, and excite. They encourage high achievement, originality, problem-solving, higher order thinking skills and creativity. Newman College increases opportunities for research and student self-directed learning and careful monitoring of individual progress of gifted and talented students.
Newman College utilises a multi-faceted approach to identification. This includes specific plans to seek out students with advanced abilities or advanced potential. In turn, this provides appropriate educational experiences during the transition into adolescence. These identification tools include parent and teacher checklists, cognitive ability tests and reports. They also include critical and creative thinking tests and psychologist reports. The identification process occurs early in the year so that the students can utilise programs that maximise their potential.
Primary School – Maths Extension Program
Newman College offers a Maths Extension Program for students in Years 1 to 6. Students are pretested to ascertain individual aptitude. The information attained drives future lessons. On average, this occurs 3 times per year.
Students who demonstrate a thorough knowledge of their current year’s topic are selected to attend the Maths Extension Program. These students are taught an expanded curriculum designed to engage them at ‘their’ level of understanding and knowledge base.
Years 1 and 2 students are withdrawn for 45 minutes per week, whilst Years 3 to 6 students are withdrawn for 90 minutes per week.
The cohort is then re tested to identify growth; with the process then repeating. The process has been highly successful, as students dedicate themselves to attaining entry into the program.
Early Learning Library
The Early Childhood Education Library is a place where all students are made to feel welcome and are encouraged to grow and learn. The students and teachers love and value their library. Furthermore, it is used daily to acquire knowledge and discover literature to read for enjoyment. The library is a safe haven for all students to think, create and share their ideas. Most importantly, it is a hub of learning and a favourite spot to discover new information, to celebrate books and to engage collaboratively with their peers.
Library staff collaborate with classroom teachers to support student learning. In addition, they provide essential resources in all curriculum areas. During library lessons the students examine and respond to a range of texts and have the opportunity to select stories by their favourite authors and illustrators. Most importantly, the library contains and promotes the best quality children’s literature. This engages the students to develop a love of books and reading. Furthermore, essential research skills, using print information books and the World Book online encyclopaedia are also taught to students.
The Library is the heart of Early Childhood Education. It serves as a central space where parents and students are welcomed each morning and afternoon to read and to borrow books. Importantly, the library also provides information for parents who wish to borrow literature on various topics such as resilience, self-esteem, death or welcoming a new baby into the family.
Finally, the library staff are always available to assist parents if they require help or ideas regarding the books and resources they need.
Parent Engagement – SeeSaw
Early Childhood Education can be complex for families to understand. However, parents of primary school students can use SeeSaw to engage with their child’s learning experience. Teachers use SeeSaw to showcase the work of children and the class. Think of this as the mechanism to enlighten your understanding of your child’s education. No longer when you ask the question, “what did you do at school today”; will the answer “nothing” suffice. SeeSaw displays images of your child’s work, assessments, tasks and more. Parents can therefore interact with this work and with the teachers.
Little Discoverer’s Newman College Playgroup provides a child-focused environment. Children 0-3 years old and their parents can collaborate in a nurturing space. Sessions will promote learning opportunities through play, stories and rhyme, therefore developing children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills.
Newman College provides the perfect setting to explore Early Childhood Education Centre. Our dedicated and professional staff are skilled in the education of our youngest students. In addition, they have the ability to use Little Discoverer’s as an opportunity to commence a learning journey that will see children become familiar with a school based environment, supporting their transition to their very first years of schooling. We look forward to welcoming new and existing families to our Playgroup and providing a further opportunity for families to be involved in Newman College’s dynamic and child-centred community. Finally, the Playgroup is free to access. To apply, Click Here.