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Junior School Signature Programs

For the first time in 2018, a group of students in Year 3 at King’s are participating in an exciting program with Children’s University Australia. This is a pilot program in 2018 and we hope to extend this opportunity to students in other year levels in to the future! We have chosen to offer this program to students at King’s to help them develop a love of learning and open their eyes to the endless possibilities that await them in their future!

Children’s University is an initiative that commenced in the United Kingdom in the 1990’s. Since then, it has grown and in 2013, the University of Adelaide began facilitating Children’s University in Australia. Children’s University is now active in schools across South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. There are 151 schools taking part in 2018 and students in Year 3 at King’s are fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of our ‘pilot’ program.

Children’s University is designed to promote learning beyond the classroom, outside of the normal school day. It is open to students from ages 7 to 14 and participation in the program is voluntary. The activities children participate in are also voluntary and children are encouraged to choose activities that interest them and will support them to learn more about the world around them.

Students who participate in Children’s University are issued with a “Passport to Learning”. In this passport, students receive stamps for activities they partake in and are awarded a number of hours for doing so. They are able to count up to 10 hours per activity, and this includes participation in sport, dance, swimming, etc. The Children’s University website has a list of learning destinations who offer activities – e.g. latitude, bounce, the museum, the zoo, and more! There are over 300 Learning Destinations in South Australia, and students are also able to visit Learning Destinations interstate. In addition there are online activities students can partake in. Students can also provide evidence of learning through other means and present this to the school for certification.

Once students have collected 30 hours of learning in their passport they are eligible to graduate. A graduation ceremony is held at Bonython Hall in the University of Adelaide in November and parents/caregivers are invited to this ceremony. This helps to show students what a graduation ceremony in a University is like and provides a formal opportunity to celebrate students’ achievements! Student’s hours roll over from one year to the next, so they can continue to build their hours. The more hours they complete, the higher their graduate level!

For more information about the Children’s University, and a complete list of learning destinations, please visit: http://childrensuniversity.com.au/

SchoolAerobics is the largest inter-school Sportaerobic and Dance competition for Primary and Secondary School students throughout Australia. There are categories for our receptions, all the way through to our old scholars. The events cater for all with a range of genres, different skill levels and abilities; the main aim being to provide an avenue for our students to improve their fitness, confidence, health and self-esteem through participation in a healthy and fun competition.

At King’s, we have been involved in SchoolAerobics for almost 20 years and over that time it has developed and flourished. We have grown from 12 students, when we first began, to over 100 students competing and representing our school currently.

Our King’s students are exceptionally talented and we have seen much success over the years at both a state and national level. We have even had students who have taken the sport they love even further and compete at a world level!

The SchoolAerobics and Dance extracurricular program offers the opportunity to improve skills, fitness and make life long memories and friends all at the convenience of our schools amazing facilities. It teaches our students the importance of team work, community, practice and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones. One of the highlights would be the relationships our younger students develop with our older students, it naturally leads itself to a mentoring program. Our students also continue to give to the school once they have graduated with 10 of our current coaches being old scholars. 

Within the first semester Year 2’s have a choice to learn Double Bass, Cello, Viola or Violin. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the joy of working together in readiness for the Year 2 Strings Concert held at the end of the semester which is often the highlight of a Year 2’s year! Not only do the students learn the technical side of learning an instrument, but also how to work as a team, follow instructions and how to persevere when learning new skills. After this, students then have the opportunity to continue with an instrumental teacher in small groups. Learning an instrument and being part of the King’s Strings Club allows students to form new friendships and share their common interest.

We understand that living a full and healthy life requires a lot more than just strong academic and vocational knowledge. That’s why we provide our students with a wide range of outdoor education opportunities including camps, rock climbing, kayaking, snorkelling, and bush walking.

Every child is precious, every child needs to experience discomfort. At King’s we know that getting dirty or wet, feeling too hot or too cold, or even experiencing hunger occasionally is not a bad thing. Discomfort can inspire us to action; heighten our awareness and motivate us to change both perceptions and attitudes. The King’s Outdoor Education program is designed to safely, and securely, allow our students to experience hardship, to take risks, and ultimately awaken an understanding of their own capabilities.

The camps and outdoor activities offered are staged for each development level of our students. From the first overnight sleepover in the Gym for Year 2 students through to the final five day/four night Flinders Ranges climbing and bushwalking camp in Year 12, the same principles apply. Each activity aims to build relationships, master the art of gratitude, test team building and problem solving skills, and foster emotional and mental resilience.

Outdoor Education is not just about camping, getting back to nature, or having an adventure, although it is all of those things. It presents students with choices and opportunities. It asks our students to count their blessings and appreciate all that is provided for us in God’s world – the good, the bad, the easy, the hard.

Year 2 –  1 night sleepover on School grounds

Year 3 – 2 Days / 1 Night Camp 

Year 4 – 3 Days / 2 Night Camp

Year 5 – 3 Days / 2 Night CampYear

Patch to Plate is a kitchen garden program offered to our Junior Primary classes. The children learn about the life cycle of plants and are involved in the planting, nurture, maintenance and harvesting of edible plants, which are then incorporated into a shared meal under the catchphrase of ‘sow it, grow it, eat it, know it’.  ​

King’s Kitchen Garden comprises sixteen raised beds for seasonal plantings, six half wine barrels growing citrus trees and a few fruit trees planted in the ground. All the plants are watered via a drip irrigation system deriving from huge tanks collecting rainwater from the Sports Centre roof. Food is prepared in the Friendship House Activity room which is fully equipped for food preparation, cooking and serving.

The Patch to Plate program fits within the Australian curriculum subjects of health, technology, humanities and social sciences, maths and science and fosters the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability; it encourages children to appreciate and care for God’s world. Patch to Plate develops practical life skills and is an avenue where some children, who find classroom learning difficult, can thrive. 

On the students delegated Patch to Plate day they spend time tending to the garden and picking the fruit and vegetables required for the day’s meal.  The students then help prepare and cook lunch using the ingredients they have picked.  The students are also responsible for preparing the table for a shared meal, singing grace and cleaning up. 

It has become a tradition at King’s that all Year 3 students experience live theatre performance as part of a class musical production.  Each year the Year 3 cohort present a musical production to the school community, developing their confidence, collaboration and performance skills. Every student is involved in performing on stage singing, acting as a character with lines to recite, and executing simple movement/dance numbers. This program is an important step in the journey our students take as they move out of Junior Primary into Primary, developing their independence and self-confidence in an engaging learning environment. It’s a definite highlight in the King’s calendar.

Middle and Senior School Signature Programs

The heart of this course is learning about the world of fine coffee. Students will learn barista style coffee making and alternative brewing techniques to extract the fine flavours from the roasted beans. This will provide the foundation skills in coffee brewing and serving, and the course provides opportunity for weekly work experience during lunchtime at school. Students will learn sensory evaluation skills to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for specialty coffees. They will examine ethical and sustainable issues in the area of coffee farming as well as safe and hygienic processes when handling coffee. They will gain insight into the Food and Hospitality Industry and practise important communication skills as they serve coffee. On occasions, they will also be introduced to basic patisserie making skills.

An important and exciting opportunity exists for Year 10 and Year 11 students of German to take part in the exchange with Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Gymnasium (D.B.G.) in Bergisch Gladbach near Cologne. This is a language and cultural program which involves King’s students visiting D.B.G. biennially and students from D.B.G visiting King’s in alternate years. King’s students spend two weeks with a host family, followed by two weeks travelling to destinations within Germany and neighbouring countries. Students of past exchanges have commented on the value of this experience and how it will remain a wonderful memory long after they leave King’s.

An important and exciting opportunity is offered to students from Year 9 upwards to take part in the exchange with Sonobe Senior High School in Sonobe, (near Kyoto, Japan). This is a language and cultural program which involves King’s students visiting Sonobe biennially, with students from Sonobe visiting King’s every year in the much anticipated tour. King’s students spend up to ten days with a host family in Japan, followed by up to two weeks travelling to destinations within Japan. Students of past exchanges have commented on the value of this experience and how it will remain a wonderful memory long after they leave King’s. Many have since made return visits to Japan, visiting host families and remain friends long after graduating school.

Schoolaerobics is the largest inter-school Sportaerobic and Dance competition for Primary and Secondary School students throughout Australia. There are categories for our receptions, all the way through to our old scholars. The events cater for all with a range of genres, different skill levels and abilities; the main aim being to provide an avenue for our students to improve their fitness, confidence, health and self-esteem through participation in a healthy and fun competition.

At King’s, we have been involved in Schoolaerobics for almost 20 years and over that time it has developed and flourished. We have grown from 12 students, when we first began, to over 100 students competing and representing our school currently.

Our King’s students are exceptionally talented and we have seen much success over the years at both a state and national level. We have even had students who have taken the sport they love even further and compete at a world level!

The Schoolaerobics and Dance extracurricular program offers the opportunity to improve skills, fitness and make life long memories and friends all at the convenience of our schools amazing facilities. It teaches our students the importance of team work, community, practice and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones. One of the highlights would be the relationships our younger students develop with our older students, it naturally leads itself to a mentoring program. Our students also continue to give to the school once they have graduated with 10 of our current coaches being old scholars.

The competition dates for this year are in the school calendar, and I know our students would love to have as many supporters there cheering them on as possible.

King’s has a proud and respected tradition of producing high quality musicals each year.  Students in Years 7-12 audition, rehearse and collaborate to present Broadway’s best loved shows to enthusiastic audiences. Students work with experienced practitioners in both on and off stage roles to hone their skills, develop their talents and get a taste of live theatre in a fun and engaging environment. Our productions are performed in the Shedley Theatre providing authentic experiences for our budding thespians, preparing them for a future on the stage.

 

We understand that living a full and healthy life requires a lot more than just strong academic and vocational knowledge. That’s why we provide our students with a wide range of outdoor education opportunities including camps, rock climbing, kayaking, snorkelling, and bush walking.

Every child is precious, every child needs to experience discomfort. At King’s we know that getting dirty or wet, feeling too hot or too cold, or even experiencing hunger occasionally is not a bad thing. Discomfort can inspire us to action; heighten our awareness and motivate us to change both perceptions and attitudes. The King’s Outdoor Education program is designed to safely, and securely, allow our students to experience hardship, to take risks, and ultimately awaken an understanding of their own capabilities.

The camps and outdoor activities offered are staged for each development level of our students. From the first overnight sleepover in the Gym for Reception students through to the final five day/four night Flinders Ranges climbing and bushwalking camp in Year 12, the same principles apply. Each activity aims to build relationships, master the art of gratitude, test team building and problem solving skills, and foster emotional and mental resilience.

Outdoor Education is not just about camping, getting back to nature, or having an adventure, although it is all of those things. It presents students with choices and opportunities. It asks our students to count their blessings and appreciate all that is provided for us in God’s world – the good, the bad, the easy, the hard.

Year 6 to 9
3 Days/2 Nights Camp each year

Year 10
4 Days/3 Nights Flinders Ranges Camp

Year 11 and 12
up to 1 week in the Flinders Ranges, Bushwalk/Rock Climbing

During Year 9 Pastoral Care, students participate in The Rite Journey program. This is a yearlong program specifically designed to help students in their transition from childhood to adulthood. Indeed the course seeks to equip boys and girls to grow into the best men and women they can be and is entirely structured around this goal. For this reason, classes are split into four: two boys classes and two girls classes, each with a teacher of the same gender who acts as a mentor throughout the year. This structure helps to facilitate a space where students are encouraged to learn, grow and share in a gender specific environment.

Throughout the year, students are encouraged to see the power and value of being open and honest with others, especially through sharing their stories. This helps to create a great environment for meaningful and enjoyable discussion and growth. The Rite Journey seeks to facilitate a relaxed and comfortable space where students and teachers, can focus on the things that really matter in life. Participants are able to talk, laugh, pray and just be themselves, in a supportive and encouraging environment.

The program also looks at healthy transitions/rites of passage into adulthood and, as such, students have the opportunity to participate in a number of key ceremonies throughout the year. These ceremonies are a significant aspect of the program where parents are honoured, students take ownership of their journey, celebrate the achievements over the year and are provided with the forum to declare the person they want to be in the future. 

Students are also encouraged to develop courage, commitment, collaboration, consideration and compassion in their lives, both in their day-to-day lives, and through completing a variety of specific challenges. One of these challenges is a year level camp to the Southern Flinders Ranges, which includes a variety of activities designed to be enjoyable whilst strengthening relationships and building resilience. 

To date the program has been very successful with the vast majority of students reporting significant growth throughout the year and we look forward to continuing to grow this culture into the future.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

Veta Morphus is a nationally accredited VET course and offers authentic Christian learning for students in Year 11 and 12. Veta Morphus provides a way for students to really invest in their spiritual growth, to connect with a group of friends who are God-focussed and accepting, and to explore their faith with adult mentors.  It’s a space where they are free to ask the hard questions, to discover who they are in Christ, and to test their faith in real life. Beyond the positive effect on their wellbeing, head space and focus, Veta Morphus also counts as one of their Year 12 subjects. In South Australia it also contributes to their ATAR and they also achieve a Certificate III in Christian Ministry.

As well as weekly Peer Group Sessions, we have the opportunity to attend 3 retreats a year. The retreats offer a chance for our King’s peer group to get to know one another better, but it also allows us to get to know the 100’s of other students who are completing this certificate throughout the wider Adelaide area. It is a chance to learn from others and explore faith questions.