Toorak College’s Junior School, Wardle House, is so much more than a kindergarten and primary school. The girls and boys find their place in a small nurturing environment, allowing quality teachers to know and respect each child as an individual learner.
Overwhelming research supports that the Early Years are a significant stage in a child’s development. “A child’s early learning, influences their life choices,” Early Years Learning Framework, Australia.
Students at Toorak College begin their learning journey from the three year old program transitioning to Prep. Toorak College embraces the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Head of Wardle House, Mandy Whitworth explains, “The program is designed to encourage exploration, investigation and play both indoors and outdoors.”
“There are specially created spaces for reading, writing, art, construction, imaginative play, science and technology encouraging children to be active learners. We understand that children are active investigators seeking ways to make meaning of their world,” continues Mrs Whitworth.
Toorak College offers its early learners:
Access to state-of-the-art facilities and specialist teachers
Action based learning through the Perceptual Motor Program in the dance studio
The opportunity to develop a love of literature in the Wardle House Library
An array of instruments in the specially designed music centre
A variety of art techniques in the art studio
A sense of belonging through the Buddy Program with older students
Participation in the garden project
Toorak College, where your child’s future begins.
This video was filmed and produced by a Year 12 Toorak College student.