The Junior School at Kew High School includes students in Years 7 and 8. During these first two years of secondary school the establishment of a culture of learning is emphasised.
In the Junior School years, a core curriculum is studied to ensure steady progress towards VCE subjects. The Years 7 and 8 common curriculum is structured to enable students to experience a wide range of subjects, with a focus on the eight Victorian Curriculum Learning Areas:
- The Arts (Arts and Design, Drama and Music)
- Health and Physical Education
- Language (French or Japanese)
- Technologies (Digital Technology)
Critical and creative thinking, ethical and intercultural understanding, and personal and social capabilities are also an integral part of the curriculum at Kew High School.
The program in Years 7 and 8 has been developed with the following aims:
- Engage, enrich, and extend all students in the school community cognitively, behaviourally and emotionally.
- Maximise student learning potential and give opportunities for all students to explore new experiences and interests, as well as building on existing strengths.
- Improve student wellbeing and morale as well as students’ sense of connectedness to the learning community.
- Develop in students a culture of lifelong continuous learning.
- Develop in students an awareness of their roles and responsibilities in society and equip them with the skills to think deeply about real-life issues around culture, government, environment and ethics.
- Uphold the school values of accountability, social equity, participation, integrity, respect, and excellence in our relationships with others at all times.
- Support and encourage individuals to aim for their full potential by developing their unique skills and individuality.
- Develop a culture whereby any form of unsafe behaviour which is negative, aggressive, or dangerous or that does not protect the safety of school members is not tolerated.
All staff, including Year Level Coordinators, assist students to settle into the school and establish consistent and effective work practices, as well as a sense of connection to the school as a whole.