The Junior School of Mamre Anglican School is a welcoming, friendly and happy place. It is a place where boys and girls thrive in an environment of respect, care and trust. It is a place of learning – learning about God, learning about self and learning about God’s world.
Teaching staff seek to develop and promote positive relationships – relationship with God and relationship with each other. They encourage each child to develop a positive view of themselves as a unique and individual creation of God.
All teaching and learning experiences at Mamre Anglican School are taught from a Christian World view, incorporating Biblical principles and values throughout the curriculum. Devotion and Christian Studies sessions allow children to spend time in the word of God, learning to pray and to praise Him. The School follows the curriculum of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), incorporating a Christian focus throughout the Key Learning Areas:
MAS offers breadth and depth in all curriculum areas with a particularly strong emphasis in the teaching of the basics in English and Mathematics. MAS understands that technology forms an important part of a child's education. Each classroom is equipped with an electronic smartboard and with three computer laboratories and a bank of portable laptops, our children are being well-equipped for the future.
MAS recognises and understands that girls and boys learn differently. Our teaching and learning practices reflect the individuality and uniqueness of girls and boys in a class setting.
MAS also recognises that individual learning rates and abilities are best met in a differentiated and integrated curriculum. The emphasis of teaching and learning is directly related to the level a child is at that point in time. Classes are structured to maximise social relationships in an academically parallel environment.
Each Junior School classroom is a community of learners working towards a shared purpose – “To Serve Christ”. The children enjoy a safe and caring community where they can develop their character, personality and a lifelong love of learning.
Junior School students have the opportunity to participate in a number of exciting activities throughout the School year.
At Mamre, we recognise, value and cater for the needs of all of our students and aim to provide an intellectually stimulating learning environment which challenges and inspires our students and fosters their love of learning.
Our Academic Learning Centre is home to both our Gifted and Talented Program and our Learning Support Program from Kindergarten to Year 12, overseen by our Academic Learning Coordinator. Our Gifted and Talented Program is known as the Young Scholars Program. The Young Scholars Program provides our students the opportunity to engage in tasks where creative and critical thinking skills are embedded, and students are encouraged to think outside the square. These classes are fast-paced and challenging, designed for independent learners with excellent reasoning and research skills.
The Young Scholars Program operates on a needs basis where children are referred by teachers and in consultation with parents. Entry into the Program is through students sitting an academic assessment.
Problem solving is of high importance within our curriculum and our students are trained and prepared for many academic competitions. Teams from Stages 3, 4 and 5 represent our school at both GATEway 8 and the da Vinci Decathlon each year. We also enter students into the APSMO Mathematics Olympiad. This challenge runs for students from Years 5-8.
Within learning support, we have incorporated the MultiLit program from Years K-10. These are intense literacy programs designed to give students a boost in their understanding of phonemes, spelling rules, reading comprehension and vocabulary. We also run small withdrawal groups for Mathematics. These programs are included within the schools daily timetables to assist those students who need extra assistance in these subjects. Our learning support teachers work closely with classroom teachers and often work within the classrooms, taking small groups for reading and literacy sessions and study skills within the Senior School.
In the Junior School, physical activity is an important component of the curriculum.
Children, as they develop physically, are taught the importance of good physical health and are instructed in skills for the various sports each week by a dedicated and fully trained physical education teacher. Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals feature during the year and children have the opportunity of extending their talents at Zone and State Carnivals. Students can compete in competitions throughout the year in oztag, soccer, netball, basketball, gymnastics and futsal. MAS also participates in the local Primary Schools Sports Association competition in football and netball.
MAS understands that children learn best when they are interested, curious, fascinated, challenged and motivated. We see learning as a life-long pursuit - not a destination. I warmly invite you to come and visit our wonderful school.