Head of Junior School Sandringham Campus

Mr Brad Nelsen

B Teach (Prim), B Ed, M Ed


Our Junior School in Sandringham is an accredited

International Baccalaureate - Primary Years Programme World School.

This campus is a co-educational school, ELC to Year 6, which specialises in a curriculum that is suited to both boys and girls. The curriculum and programs offered at Sandringham are designed to challenge all students and are delivered by teachers who are experts in teaching in a co-educational environment.

Using the framework of the Primary Years Programme, the curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of every student while ensuring that the key elements of Literacy and Numeracy remain the focus of learning. This comprehensive approach to teaching and learning provides each student with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to embrace lifelong learning. The curriculum provides academic rigor as well as significant and engaging learning, relevant to each student. The use of critical thinking skills is embedded in our curriculum. There is also a focus on developing communication skills, social skills, research skills and self-management skills.

Ongoing monitoring and assessment is used to guide and inform teaching. Our staff use a variety of strategies to cater to individual learning and developmental needs. Reports, which record the achievement and progress of each student, are issued towards the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2. On going communication with parents is encouraged through informal and formal meetings, student-led conferences and parent/teacher interviews.

The school has a commitment to encouraging and supporting each student in striving to achieve personal success. Our teachers, at all levels, accept the responsibility of meeting the individual learning needs of their students.

Student progress is monitored carefully. Cognitive and educational testing is used to ascertain those who have specific learning difficulties and those who need academic extension.  The data received from various external tests complements data collected at school and contributes to our ability to tailor our teaching and learning programs to meet the needs of our students. Members of the Department of Differentiated Education support teachers in identifying, designing and supporting the delivery of individual programs to cater for differing abilities, levels of readiness and learning needs.

Students who excel in mathematic problem solving are encouraged to join the Math Olympiad Competition team which meets on a weekly basis with a Mathematics Specialist teacher to develop these skills further.

Students with identified learning needs in Mathematics and English are supported in small groups in the classroom as well as in small group sessions. The School Psychologist assists in identifying and assessing students.

The global nature of the program is designed to allow students to become: Inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective.  Students are encouraged to make sense of their learning by making connections between new knowledge and their own experiences.

The specialist subjects, Art, Chinese, Religious Education, Music and Physical Education, are an integral part of the curriculum and delivered under the framework of inquiry learning.

Curriculum Statements 201

  • Click here to download the Prep Curriculum Statement
  • Click here to download the Year 1 Curriculum Statement
  • Click here to download the Year 2 Curriculum Statement
  • Click here to download the Year 3 Curriculum Statement
  • Click here to download the Year 4 Curriculum Statement
  • Click here to download the Year 5 Curriculum Statement
  • Click here to download the Year 6 Curriculum Statement


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