Yanginanook Year 7

Approved and commencing Term 1, 2019 

We are proud to announce that Yanginanook’s vision to expand into a high school is now a reality. Our experienced teaching staff have been employed and are motivated and excited about the hands-on and individualised learning opportunities that all our students will experience!

We have received initial registration and accreditation for the Record of School Achievement (RoSA) from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for Year 7 in 2019. We plan to expand our school one year at a time; with Year 8 in 2020, Year 9 in 2021 and so on. Our Year 7 class for 2019 will be taught by qualified, part-time teachers who specialise in different subject areas. The number of students will be capped at a maximum of ten.    

Please phone Ann Russell on 0451 001 977 or click here to enquire about enrolment opportunities. 

Parental involvement

Yanginanook School is a Christian, parent-run school and therefore requires parental/carer support. Parents and carers are expected to be actively involved in all aspects of schooling, including the cleaning and maintaining of the school’s grounds, supporting the teachers in teaching the curriculum and in any other practical ways that help the school and community to run smoothly.

In the primary school years, children need parents to be involved in all aspects of their life; however, as children move into the teenage years we recognise that this involvement changes as children begin to become independent. As our teenagers become independent it is important to ensure that they start to make their own choices in a supportive environment. This means that there will be certain expectations on our students – for them to try their best in all aspects of school life so they can achieve personal success.

Homework

We believe that students will need to commence minimal homework in Year 7 to develop self-discipline in their own learning, especially if it involves completing unfinished work from class. There will also be the need for our teachers to set certain relevant assignments that must be handed in by a due date.  Parental involvement in homework will vary from child to child. Some students will complete their work independently, others will need to be reminded and encouraged to complete their work, whereas others will need assistance to plan and complete their work. The teachers will work closely with the parents to ensure that homework set is both helpful and necessary for each student’s learning.

School Policies

Yanginanook School is required to meet all legislative requirements from governing bodies. Parents have access to all polices and these are readily available in the school’s office.  

The Learning Environment

Due to our small class size, programming can be individualised to meet the needs of our students. Our aim is to enable students to develop a strong sense of self and an independent love for learning – that includes both creative and academic components – that will prepare them for the outside world.

Curriculum

Yanginanook School offers a stimulating curriculum that meets all the mandatory NESA requirements for the RoSA. As we incorporate part-time teachers teaching more than one content area, there will be a natural connection between subjects. This is viewed as a highly positive advance in teaching and incorporates real-world learning instead of separate knowledge areas not working together. Our curriculum is tailored to meet the individual needs of each child so that they can produce quality work to the best of their ability. Our students are encouraged to sit the NAPLAN exam in Year 7.

To teach the subjects below, our teachers will use a variety of teaching strategies and techniques; including face-to-face teaching, independent and group work activities, technology and practical experiences (extending the learning environment into the bush land setting). 

Subjects 

English

Mathematics

Science

Human Society and its Environment (History and Geography)

Japanese

Music

Visual Arts

Mandatory Technology

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

 

Technology

Technology is a part of our modern world and it is vital that our students learn to navigate and negotiate the digital world appropriately and safely. In Year 7, Yanginanook will require each student to bring their own device (a laptop that has access to the internet with Microsoft Word, etc.).  Technology will be integrated into many aspects of the curriculum at the teachers’ discretion.

Facilities

The Year 7 classroom is a small, bright, refurbished learning space. There is a desk area, lounge, small kitchenette and space for the students to store their belongings. Our students will have access to the primary schoolhouse (library, learning areas and full kitchen) when required for mentoring and specific learning activities.

Social life

Yanginanook understands that school is just a part of life; however, due to our small class size, students will be able to develop strong relationships that will benefit each child socially and academically. Teachers and students will work together, encouraging each child to recognise and be all that God has made them to be.

Parents, families and outside school relationships play an important role in the life of each student. It is therefore important for us to keep open and healthy relationships between parents/carers, teachers and students. If any issues arise, it is important to make contact (during appropriate school hours) to discuss any issues and sort through any problems together. Please refer to the Complaints and Grievance Policy for further details.

Students are encouraged to build and maintain friendships outside school and to participate in activities of interest that will expand their ‘world’ and help them to develop a wider range of skills. Our small class size will mean that our Year 7 students will be able to maintain and develop relationships with the students in the primary school. They will be involved in mentoring the younger students through specific programs, e.g. reading, playing games, etc.

Our multi-age environment is a unique characteristic of Yanginanook and ensures that students will never be lost in a crowd and that no artificial barriers occur between different ages. All our students learn to work together as a larger family. All our students are known for who they are and they are not expected to change to be the same as others.