At Avalon SJSchool we are growing students to be high-capacity leaders and creative thinkers. We want learning to be engaging, relevant, fun and based in real-life application in the 21st Century. Our learners are deeply engaged in topics, enjoy the process of discovery in our creative and colourful environment. We believe in strong, positive relationships and look forward to welcoming you into our Avalon Community!
An innovative 21st Century Education
Primary School Key Stages
In Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 (K, 1 & 2) a solid foundation is laid with skills and proficiency in literacy and numeracy as a significant focus. Teachers and assistants focus on the overall well being of each student, ensuring a happy and stimulating experience.
In Junior School, Stage 2 (Gr3 & 4) the focus is to create an environment that brings out the curious learner, discoverer and inventor in every student and further build on the strong foundation that was laid in the Foundation Phase. We want to develop learners who are able to work collaboratively, have strong critical thinking- and problem-solving skills and who will become lifelong, self-directed learners.
As the culmination of the Primary Years students in Stage 3 (Gr5 & 6) are able to take the learning journey to the next step, where the integrated program provides authentic and rich content to prepare them for High School and the technology rich, changing world of tomorrow.
The emphasis of learning is on critical and applied deep thinking skills. The curriculum is designed so that students experience a rich, personalised and authentic learning pathway, that enables individual, small group and large group contexts to take place. Careful curriculum design around project-based learning allows students to immerse themselves in topics of passion, interest and talent, whilst engaging multiple learning styles and expressions of applied knowledge. Coaches work with students to set individual targets and help make choices. Students work with their peers collaboratively on tasks and projects.
Individual Development Plan (IDP)
IDP stands for Individual Development Pla, as decided on by the Parent, Teacher and Child. Learning Goals are set and plans made to reach those goals. The Parent, Child and Core Teacher meet every 6 weeks to look at progress of the previous 6 weeks and to set new goals for the next 6 weeks. Children learn at their own pace and learning is intrinsic as they are part of the decision making process.
Maths & Languages
We have daily Maths and Language Instruction from specialist coaches but also make use of technology to enhance and enrich the learning experience. The support Maths and Language software we use at our schools adapts to each child’s skill level, which enables them to work at their own ability. Coaches can see exactly where a child has made mistakes and what they need help with. Coaches can see in real time if a child is ahead, on par or behind their age group, in these subjects. Our system eliminates a lot of testing as in essence we ‘test’ every time the program is used.
At our school we use methods of Project-based learning and peer-tutoring with students to increase their own learning capacity and capabilities.
Through Problem-based Learning, students are provided with opportunities to be creative and curious, to think critically, to expand their capabilities, develop confidence and become deeply engaged with their local and global communities.
We believe that less homework means less stress and more time to enjoy being a child. After school children should have more time for hobbies, other interests, to play, socialise and have relaxed family time. Your child may have a spelling test, an assignment or some Mathematics to complete, but as a School it is our aim to keep it to the minimum for each Grade/Stage.
At termly Meetings Learner, Parent & Coach set a learner’s goals and choose between workshops, topics and assignments for the next phase. Learners do a number of assignments and projects over a period, in accordance with their ability, their learning goals and their Key Stage.
Assessments are done via tests and assignments but once again the school’s aim is to minimize formal tests as much as possible for each stage. We are shifting the focus to real knowledge gained by hands-on projects, assignments, self-discovery and demonstrated via presentations.
Presentation of knowledge
Our learners are encourage to show what they have learned via presentations and assignments. To present is also a very important 21st Century skill and we encourage learners to make use of our green screens, technology, AI, and or any creative way they can come up with.
Technology is a tool that has an integral role in shaping the learning environment. Students bring their own devices (BYO), with robust wi-fi across the campus, and a suite of online resources supporting every lesson. Students learn to be responsible, well-equipped digital citizens.
Spirit of innovation that is in every learning space and each learning journey. White rooms, green rooms, interactive spaces.
Our School is set-up in different learning hubs and studios where we are changing the schooling paradigm. Our spaces are designed in a way that empower students to take charge of their own learning, to collaborate and to have fun.
We offer rugby, soccer, netball, cricket, athletics, cross-country on a termly basis and compete against other smaller schools in our area. We have a professional Soccer Coach with international coaching accreditation that runs the Avalon Soccer Academy as an extra-curricular after school.
A variety of of Extra-Curricular activities are offered at our schools and a list is available at the Schools offices.
Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture is incorporated into our curriculum.
Our Art Studio is open every day and children can schedule or book time to mess around here or choose an ‘Art Assignment’ at the 6 W/Meetings where they can delve deeper into themes.
We believe that coding will be a life skill for this generation and therefore coding is integrated into our curriculum from Stage 1.
We believe in the importance of early engineering exposure and its importance for young children’s overall STEAM learning and development. Engineering education links and supports children’s existing experiences in science, mathematics, design and technology in the early and primary school years.
We have a focus on entrepreneurship and children are encouraged to choose entrepreneurial activities as part of their IDP and workshops such as ‘My Small Business’ as a project during a 6 Week Plan.
Parents who own businesses and others will be asked to give workshops and get involved in these. Such projects usually include Mathematical studies (budgets bookkeeping, forecasting) English studies (business plans, advertising plans, presentations) Art (poster design, leaflet designs) etc.
Robotics is a new and exciting addition to our curriculum from Primary School level.
Social & Emotional Development
We think that emotional development is very, very important for every child. Our coaches understand how important their relationships with Learners are for optimum learning, therefore they will always work very hard to establish positive relationships. We will do our best to make sure all learners are safe and form meaningful friendships with others and we will NOT tolerate any bullying. Each child has a Core Coach who is responsible for their general well-being and is also the person who reports back to parents every 6 weeks. During these meetings the child’s overall progress, including emotional wellness, will be discussed.
Teachers are partnering with parents to create an environment where children can thrive, where learning is collaborative and student-led. This provides authentic and relevant experiences that are also fun and engaging. Regular Student-Parent-Teacher meetings are held to discuss each individual Learner’s progress and learning goals.