Lauriston Girls' School - Blairholme

 

About Blairholme

Affectionately known as 'Little Lauriston', our Blairholme campus for Prep to Year 2 provides a collaborative and creative space where students develop leadership, resilience and a love of learning. We are accredited in Prep and Year 1 to deliver the Australian Developmental Curriculum and all students study Mandarin.

Located a short walk from the main Armadale campus, Blairholme is a landmark heritage building surrounded by large gardens and playing spaces that provides a nurturing and homely start to their educational journey.

The Blairhome difference is evident as soon as you walk through the gates. To the right is the large Moreton Bay Fig tree, to the left the lush garden. As students climb the steps to the large entryway it is easy to imagine the generations of girls who have made the same journey.

Once inside it's clear that this is a place for fun and learning.

Traditional art projects sit alongside 'tinkering' stations – such as 3D versions of dinosaurs, pythons, caterpillars and butterflies – that provide early exposure to our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) curriculum and encourages natural curiosity and investigation.

 

Focus and Philosophy

At Blairholme there is a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy, as well as specialist and enrichment programs, including the study of Mandarin.

Blairholme’s Differentiated Learning Program ensures that that all girls are appropriately supported and challenged for their current learning needs. From Prep, we test girls before and after each numeracy topic. The pre-testing ensures that girls are placed in an appropriate learning group. The post-testing ensures a thorough understanding of the topic is achieved and enables girls to move between study groups as their learning develops.

Girls are also challenged through exposure to the Australian Developmental Curriculum (ADC). Lauriston was the first Independent School in Australia to be accredited to deliver the ADC and today the program runs in Prep and Year 1. The ADC emphasises skill development and acquisition of understandings and skills through a balanced curriculum that actively engages children in investigations, play and explicit teaching.

Learn more about Lauriston's ADC here.

Blairholme girls are also encouraged to develop their leadership skills from an early age through various responsibilities and opportunities such as speaking and performing at Blairholme Assemblies and mentoring younger students. Blairholme students are, in turn, mentored by our Year 6 students.

Blairholme is a nurturing learning space that provides strong academic foundations and builds strength of character, leadership and resilience that will stand our girls in good stead for their journey through the Junior School.

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