Why we are fortunate to be a stand-alone ELC & Primary School
In a ELC – Year 12 school, it is commonplace for the Junior School to be subject to the restrictions of its high-school timetables and staffing structures. In these settings, the school’s resources are often prioritised for the use of its secondary students. At Annesley every resource and every system, structure and program, is tailored and focused on our primary students.
Childhood is precious! A limited, yet crucial time of innocence, play and discovery. In our setting, our children are proudly protected from some of the influences of adolescence. I get so much joy seeing our older students at Annesley still play on our playgrounds, enjoy chasey games and climb trees during breaktimes. The best preparation for adolescence and adulthood, is a full and rich childhood.
Amongst this, our students are empowered to solve problems, make decisions, plan, build, create and lead. We are committed to ensuring our programs equip our students to manage many aspects of their own learning. Through this, they enter their secondary environment as confident and capable learners, willing to take risks, embrace feedback, set goals, measure, and reflect upon their growth. With my eldest starting high school this year, it is very apparent that his learning is structured mostly into assignments and grades. Despite receiving strong results, I am so relieved that through his time at Annesley, his mindset is primed to know intimately the key habits and attitudes of a successful learner. When reviewing his report at the end of Term 1, I said to him, ‘you have achieved extremely well this term Eamon, but don’t forget that learning muscle you learnt at Annesley. Keep setting yourself goals, seek feedback, find challenge, and embrace learning from your mistakes.’ ‘I know mum’ was his reply, he knows the value of all he learnt at Annesley and how this set him up to be a successful learner in high school.