Lauriston's Year 3-6 girls study at Montrose, a collection of dedicated spaces located within the school's main Armadale campus.
Montrose provides spaces where students can consolidate and extend their learning, especially in the areas of literacy and numeracy. These spaces include flexible learning environments, the Junior School library, science rooms and play areas. The Junior School administration offices, breakout spaces and language rooms are housed in a renovated Victorian home built in 1887.
This mix of modern and traditional architecture mirrors the learning approach at Montrose. Students continue to develop the foundation skills including literacy and numeracy while also participating in programs designed to develop their world view, independent thinking skills and confidence with modern technology.
Leadership and exposure to outside learning is a focus with Montrose students accepting responsibilities that develop confidence. Students also participate in programs that provide access to external speakers and 'real-world' learning opportunities.
Focus and Philosophy
Montrose students participate in a range of specialist subjects including art, drama (from Year 4), library, music, LOTE, and physical education. Students have the opportunity to participate in myriad extra-curricular activities including aerobics, chess, communication and speech, dance, lunchtime drama, tennis, swimming and snow sports. A one-to-one Netbook program from Year 5 ensures that teaching and learning incorporates ICT and is innovative, engaging and relevant to today’s student.
Years 3-6 girls at Montrose also enjoy much-anticipated visits from external guests. In past years, guests have included the CSIRO, The University of Melbourne’s ‘RoboGals’, authors and illustrators, artists and philanthropists.
Guest speakers bring outside learning and additional best-practice back to Lauriston. They also help the girls see how classroom learnings can be applied to future careers. This is also apparent in the School’s excursion program which enables girls to extend their classroom learning while also experiencing that learning in new contexts and environments. In Years 3 and 4 the students continue to develop independent learning skills. Our focus as educators is to ensure we cater for the learning needs of each individual. Our teachers work with our Individual Differences Coordinator to develop programs for those with specific needs for support or extension.
For the final two years in the Junior School students become members of the 5/6 Centre and take part in a variety of activities planned across the two year levels.
The focus is on encouraging greater independence and taking increased responsibility for their own learning in preparation for a smooth transition into the Lilian Bayly Centre in the Senior School.
The School implements a distributed leadership model in Year 6 which gives every girl the opportunity to participate and assume responsibility as a Junior School leader. Girls are supported in their roles with an extensive preparation program including participation in the inspirational Courage and Leadership conference.