We are excited that the girls-only Kinder class has commenced its second year at St Mary’s College in 2022. While changing to girls-only in the early years is new for St Mary’s, the College has been leading the way in girls’ education for decades, having girls-only classes from Year 3 to Year 12 in the one, central location.
Kinder at St Mary’s College is a wonderful place for children. It provides countless opportunities to discover, think, plan and play. We provide a nurturing, trusting and caring environment.
Children are encouraged to be independent and embrace the structure of each day. We really value the focus on kindness, and every individual is valued and celebrated. What a great start to our journey in formal education!
– Brigid Shea, parent and St Mary’s College alumna
Flexible Kinder options
We are pleased to be offering families flexible options for Kindergarten in 2023. All Kinders will have three compulsory ‘core’ days, but families have the option of requesting four days or even five days of Kinder per week.
Families can nominate one of the three options. The final allocation of days will be nominated by the College to ensure optimal class sizes.
We are excited to be trialing these extended Kinder options in 2022, which have been developed to support working families who are currently utilising childcare options alongside Kinder.
Learning in Kinder
The Kinder program is designed to nurture and provide opportunities to build confidence, independence and the joy of discovery and learning, which will carry on well beyond the student’s year in Kinder.
We provide a play based educational program that builds on the College’s vision statement and is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Our program is planned and implemented by taking into account the different interests, cultural backgrounds and developmental levels of all children. We focus on enhancing their strengths, recognising that children develop at their own pace to reach their individual potential. As a Catholic school we value the uniqueness of each child and aim to build and nourish their personal relationship with Jesus.
The early-learning facility at St Mary’s College is purpose-built, designed with our youngest students’ experiences in mind. The modern space offers a stimulating and nurturing environment that is tailored to foster play and sensory-based learning. Kinder classrooms are large, airy and bright, overlooking the outdoor play space.
Adjacent to the classrooms is a large outdoor play area featuring play equipment, a sandpit, water pump and stream, ‘bird nest’ sensory tub and sensory path, where children can explore and experiment with their natural surroundings.