College Chaplaincy Programme
Regent College employs a College Chaplain two days per week. Provision of the Chaplain is made possible as a result of federal funding made available through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
The role of the chaplain at Regent is to work closely with staff to provide pastoral care and support for our students and the broader Regent community. An important aspect of this is the provision of spiritual, social and emotional support in a Christian context.
Our Chaplain Paul Curtis leads a lunch time prayer and share group as well as directing the worship band which leads singing at College assemblies.
Paul works alongside staff and students with programmes such as You Can Do It and Christian Education. In addition Paul participates in camps and excursions where his support and encouragement is valued by staff and students alike.
Regent College is currently transitioning from the Western Australian Curriculum Framework to the Australian Curriculum. Currently the College has progressed to implementing the Phase 1 Australian Curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and History.
Students are also introduced to foundational Christian teachings and the impact these beliefs have on everyday life. The Christian Education programme takes on many forms including:
- Devotional times at the commencement of each day.
- Life lessons from Bible stories.
- Praise and worship at school assemblies
Early Childhood Education
This pre-compulsory year allows young children to be gradually introduced to the excitement of school and learning by attending two days per week. A child must turn four before the 30th of June of the year they wish to attend Kindergarten.
The Kindergarten environment is safe, stimulating and supportive, where the child can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Young children have a natural curiosity about their physical, social and technological world. The Kindergarten programme focuses on play based activities, which scaffold the child’s emerging awareness to concrete concepts.
Pre-Primary, as a fulltime attendance programme, is a structured year that introduces five year olds to early language, arts and mathematical skills, while also placing an emphasis on the socialisation of the individual as a pre-requisite for formal education. Activities are conducted to develop whole body and fine motor co-ordination as well as creative skills. A child must turn five before the 30th of June of the year they wish to attend Pre-Primary.
Our centre believes that play and social interactions strongly impact on a child’s development. The pre-primary centre is committed to the development of the whole child, providing a variety of programmes that focus on the individual needs of each learner. Their aim is to capture the children’s natural love of learning, while developing numeracy and literacy skills that are essential for future learning.
Year 1 and 2
Year 1 is a year of transition from informal to formal learning, with the foundations of literacy and numeracy skills being presented and reinforced throughout the year. In Year 2, the children are using more sophisticated learning experiences to consolidate and develop their numeracy and literacy skills. Learning experiences across all learning areas are built upon the understandings, skills, values and experiences of the children and are designed to encourage the children to develop as independent learners.
Middle Childhood Education
Years 3 to 6
In the middle years children begin to see themselves as members of larger communities. They begin to understand and appreciate different points of view, develop the ability to think in more abstract terms and undertake sustained activities for longer periods.
Collaborative activities, which require group-planning and decision making, assist with the development of social skills. Children are given increased responsibility for organising and managing activities individually and in groups of varying sizes.
As with the early years, activities are typically integrated across the learning areas.
Students will increasingly draw on a wider range of sources of information in answering questions. They explore a wider range of technologies and forms of communication and representation. Developing a sound grasp of written language and numeric conventions, students will use these in a range of different learning situations, in purposeful ways, to achieve outcomes across all learning areas.
In the middle years, students reflect on their learning and work practices and consider ways in which these might be improved, adapted or modified.
Early adolescence is used to describe the developmental phase of students in Years 7 to 10. In early adolescence, students often align strongly with their peer groups and may begin to question established conventions, practices and values.
Students growing independence and peer group orientation are built upon by providing opportunities to participate in important decision making in the school and classroom environment and to work with others.
Students are encouraged to see the links between areas of learning and the interconnectedness of the various fields of human endeavour. In Year 7 integrated learning activities remain an important part of the learning programme. Learning experiences require students to draw on increasingly diverse and complex sources of information that facilitate comparison, contrast, synthesis, questioning and critiquing of information (thinking).
From Year 1 to Year 7, every class has two music lessons each week with our music specialist. These classes cover music appreciation, music notation, rhythm, percussion and learning the recorder. Year 2 students and above can also join the school choir, which performs on occasions throughout the year.
Specialist lessons are available to students who wish to study piano, flute, guitar, drums, clarinet or trumpet. The children studying individual instruments form the school orchestra that performs along with the choir.
Regent College is well resourced to produce an excellent level of competency in Information Technology for its students. Every student has ready access to computers through our lab and the classroom network.
Character, Values and Christian Education
This is a used across all year groups to assist children to learn and develop a wide range of character traits. Virtues such as honesty, self-control and responsibility are highlighted throughout the year.
Students in the final years of primary school are ready to explore big issues about life, share their own opinions and investigate the Bible for themselves. The Big Questions programme is designed to make the most of the big questions that students are asking; such as: Where does our world come from? Why are we here? What is God really like?
This is a student- related programme for Years 2 - 7. The curriculum introduces students to God and His saving purposes for the world through Jesus Christ, His son. It is designed to develop the skills needed for students to explore the nature and content of the Christian Faith.
This is an engaging programme focusing on key Bible stories and characters for Kindergarten to Year 1.
You Can Do It
This programme is a curriculum of lessons for teaching students how to achieve and develop social-emotional-behavioural well being. This programme is run for students from Pre-Primary to Year 7.
Our You Can Do it programme is based on research that shows what fundamentally determines how children achieve and adjust is the mindset they bring with them to life’s experiences.
Academically successful students have been shown to have higher degrees of:
- Academic confidence
- Work persistence
- Work organisation
- Collaboration (Getting Along)
Our Health Education programme contains a component on sexuality for Years 6 and above.
This programme is run for the Pre-Primary to Year 7 classes for 15 minutes, 4 days a week. It is designed to improve the student’s fitness in fun ways. The junior classes will include a component of the Perceptual Motor programme that aids eye/hand co-ordination and macro movement development.
Each year, students in Years 1 – 7 participate in a public speaking programme. Students write and present a talk to their class on a topic of their choice. Selected Year 7 students have the opportunity to complete in the ‘Speak Up’ Awards programme run throughout the metropolitan region.
Students from Years 1 – 7 have sport once a week with our physical education specialists. This programme introduces the students to a variety of sports and skills.
After School Care
This is available to all Regent College students and is held from 3pm to 6pm each school day. The programme is run by a qualified carer and students are able to complete homework, play, work on computers or watch DVDs. Fees are available upon request.