The Primary School at Northside Christian College is committed to “Transforming Lives through Christ and the wonder of learning.” The College offers a comprehensive Primary education programme catering for children from Prep to Year 6. Students are supported in an engaging and nurturing learning environment with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. The staff at Northside work in close partnership with our parents and guardians in order to best meet the needs of our students.
The Primary School at Northside Christian College provides students with solid foundation in a broad range of learning areas including Bible, English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, the Arts, Technologies and LOTE (Mandarin). Northside is implementing the Australian Curriculum which sets out, through content descriptions and achievement standards, what students should be taught and achieve, as they progress through Primary School.
The Australian Curriculum outlines a focus on developing seven General capabilities of students. The capabilities encompass the skills, behaviours and dispositions that students need to develop and apply to content knowledge. They help young people become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.
The seven general capabilities are:
Incorporated within each of the core subjects and the seven General capabilities, are the three cross-curriculum priorities. Students learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia, and Sustainability.
Some of the key strategic curriculum programs in the Primary School include:
PR1ME Mathematics is a composite of the approaches used by the three top-performing nations in primary mathematics education according to TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). PR1ME Mathematics has been adapted from the highly acclaimed and widely proven Primary Mathematics Project developed by the Ministry of Education in Singapore. The Mathematics Framework used in PRIME has problem solving as being central to mathematics learning. It is similar to the approach used by the Singapore Ministry of Education that turned Singapore from a low-performing maths nation into a high-performing one.
Sound Waves is a phonic-based spelling and reading program. It is evidence-based and aligns with the Australian Curriculum. Sound Waves uses a systematic approach which focuses on the process of synthesising - taking small parts and putting them together to form a whole. It uses a sound-to-letter process; first focusing on phonemes and then exploring the letters that represent these sounds and how they form written words. Sound Waves teaches grammar, Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms and much more in a sequential and structured plan from Foundation to Year 6. The program is structured to support students requiring additional support and allows students ready for extension and enrichment opportunities to expand their knowledge. Sound Waves is an explicit and sequential program that successfully integrates all areas of literacy.
Students studying in the the Primary School benefit from the opportunity to participate in a range of specialist programs and specialist subjects including:
We believe that each student has been blessed with God-given gifts and talents. Students are provided with an opportunity to participate in a broad range of extra curricular activities including art festivals, assemblies, Chapel services, House events, INSPiRE program initiatives, lunch time clubs and activities, music recitals and more. Primary School students are also supported with the provision of the after school Senior Tutoring Program.
If you have any further questions about our Primary School program or transition from Kindergarten into Primary School, please feel free to contact the College Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment. Additional details about transition from Primary School to Middle School are outlined on our Middle School webpage.
Northside Christian College
31 McLeans Rd, Bundoora VIC 3083, Australia
Phone: 03 9467 2499