The Junior School

The Junior School at Genazzano caters for Prep to Year 6 students. The magnificently restored Victorian mansion, known as Grange Hill, is home for the Junior School and provides a happy and nurturing environment where students can participate in a broad and exciting range of activities. The curriculum stimulates their love of learning, builds their confidence and sparks interests beyond the classroom.

Classrooms are bright and light-filled spaces where the academic and creative domains of learning are facilitated by teachers who know each student well, and support her through a diverse range of learning experiences. Classrooms are well resourced with the latest learning technologies and state-of-the-art teaching aids, including interactive whiteboards, an extensive computer network and one-to-one iPads.

A stunning central library interfaces with communal piazzas and outdoor areas where our students have the opportunity to construct, research and reflect. There are spaces for quiet times and listening, and integrated spaces that enable social relationships and collaboration.

Year 5 and 6 students make the transition to the d'houet Building, where a purpose built and flexible learning space awaits them. Like Grange Hill, this four-level building offers diverse possibilities for learning and enables the students to develop both independent and collaborative working skills. Students have access to a number of specialist spaces such as science labs, art rooms and the library, as well as shared learning spaces for quiet study.

Learning & Teaching

Our modern learning spaces enable us to implement the latest innovative and evidence-based pedagogical practices. Teachers encourage flow and intrinsic motivation by creating an environment that fosters enjoyable learning experiences.

Our approach to learning and teaching in the Junior School is one that supports individual development in a caring and supportive environment. Students grow and learn at very different rates during these years, and we ensure that programs are individualised so that students experience success in these foundation years of their formal education.

Students are encouraged to become confident and independent learners, empowered to learn and take on challenges. Junior School staff encourage students to assert their independence, use initiative, make decisions and, above all, to believe in themselves.

Significant in the Junior School is the College’s insistence on employing specialist teachers for a range of subjects including:

  • Languages (Italian and Mandarin)
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Information Literacy and Digital Technologies.

All of these factors contribute to and enhance a well-established tradition of providing a secure and comprehensive foundation.

Flow Theory

Under the guidance of noted psychologist, Dr Judith Paphazy, the Junior School team have been researching and implementing pedagogical practices that actively promote Flow Theory in the classroom. Based on the work of Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, and with its roots in Performance Psychology, Flow Theory is premised on the belief that learning best occurs when students engage in activities that are at the peak of their abilities, when they have to work to their full potential to accomplish a task.

Teachers in the Junior School strive to create learning environments that are challenging for all students, and in which students are intrinsically motivated to learn and feel good about learning. We are one of the first schools in Australia to apply Flow Theory to early childhood education.

Contact Us

For more information contact our College Registrar via registrar@genazzano.vic.edu.au or +613 8862 1000.