Primary School

Primary (Prep to Year Six)

Our Primary School focusses on developing students who are motivated by the wonder of learning.

A John Paul College Primary School education is not simply about mastering the curriculum, but keeping alive a child’s innate sense of wonder, and showing children that learning is an adventure worth pursuing.

As an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) School, our academic programme engages students in learning that is relevant, relational, significant and challenging. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) focusses on an inquiry-based approach, which equips students with a unique global outlook and promotes subject depth and breadth.

Aligned with the Australian curriculum, the PYP framework draws upon international research-based practice to deliver a high quality, international education that provides students with an enriching school experience. We focus on developing a set of core competencies, which students require in our world of continuous change. These include the ability to think critically, to communicate clearly, to work collaboratively and to solve problems creatively.

While building these foundational skills, students participate in blocks of learning dedicated explicitly to the teaching of literacy and numeracy.

They apply what they learn and transfer this into new situations through the study of a range of subjects with specialist teachers for information literacy, music, art, physical education and Spanish.

At John Paul College, students are encouraged to reflect on their learning as critical thinkers who develop the ability to take action. They become active, caring and thinking participants who show empathy to others. Our goal is for students to remain curious and intrinsically motivated in their pursuit of lifelong learning.

Our Primary School aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and compassionate young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world.

To view the Primary School Handbook please click here.


For parents/guardians interested in enrolling a child in Primary School, we ask that you complete an online Application for Enrolment at your earliest possible convenience.