True to the College’s motto, “A world of education. An education for the world”, we strive in the Senior Preparatory to keep our education relevant in global terms. Dainfern College Senior Preparatory provides a stimulating learning environment where the dedicated staff are wholly committed to the guidance and development of each individual child.
The Senior Preparatory phase comprises Grades 4 to 7 in the age groups of 9 to 13. Class teaching occurs at Grade 4 and Grade 5 levels, whereas Grades 6 and 7 enjoy input from specialist subject teachers.
2019 saw the formalised implementation of inquiry-based learning in the Grade 4-7 classrooms at Dainfern College – a very exciting innovation based on the latest international educational research. The core subjects of Mathematics, English and the additional languages remain a key focus, while aspects of the other traditional school subjects are incorporated into a cross-curricular programme that teaches core 21st Century skills such as higher order thinking, problem solving, communication, team work and reflection. There is considerably less mark-based assessment in Grades 4-6 as a result, and a greatly reduced homework burden on students too.
At Dainfern College Preparatory, we believe in growing and challenging our children in all spheres – academic, sporting and cultural. We offer an extensive range of sporting and cultural activities with something to interest and extend every child. There is also an extensive Leadership Programme in place that creates numerous opportunities for students to grow in the various student-leadership initiatives on offer.
We are a happy and energetic school, committed to positive educational experiences in the interests of productive, educational rigour.
Our holistic approach to education creates opportunities for active participation in all spheres of school life.
Our tuckshop provides healthy snacks and meals throughout the day. Pre-ordering can be done with our online forms.