We wish to advise you that from 2014 the Penrhos College Junior School will begin the process of becoming double-streamed by 2019. Double-streaming means that the College will establish two classes at each year level from Kindergarten to Year 6. This initiative allows the College to provide
Double-streaming in the Junior School aims to improve the academic and pastoral outcomes for our students, as identified in our Strategic Directions. Over recent years, the College has experienced considerable demand for additional places to be offered in the early years of schooling.
more students with the best possible education and start in life.
We believe that double-streaming will create benefits for our students, including:
- Continuity of educational values and curriculum offerings.
- Earlier school-based intervention if required, both for academic extension and academic support.
- Provision of a broader social experience than what is currently offered to students up to Year 5.
- Flexibility in matching student learning styles with classroom teachers.
- Increased collegial planning for teachers which capitalises on their strengths, thus allowing for subject specialisation within year groups.
Will my daughter’s class size increase?
- Pre-Kindergarten may increase from 15 to 20 students, depending upon enrolment.
- Kindergarten classes will remain at a maximum of 20 students per class.
- Pre-Primary classes will remain at a maximum of 24 students per class.
- Over the next three to four years Year 1 – Year 6 classes will be reduced to a consistent class size of 25 students.
My daughter is enrolled at Wesley College until the end of Year 4. We were planning on sending her to Penrhos in Year 5. Is this still possible?
- if she has made application to Penrhos College for a place to commence prior to 2019 at Year 5 level and;
- if there is a position available via the normal enrolment policy method.
My daughter is on a waiting list for a place for Penrhos Junior School. How does double streaming affect her chances of joining the College?
- From 2014, it will increase her chances for entry into Years K-4.
- From 2016 it will decrease her chance of entry at Year 5 level.
- From 2017 there will be an additional 25 places to be offered at Year 7 level.
Is this likely to substantially affect the fees I pay to the College?
- The financial implications of the double-streaming have been considered by the College’s Finance Committee.
- At no time in the deliberations of the double streaming was there any intention to alter the revenue obtained through fees. There is no immediate plan to alter the fee structure of 2011. The Fee Structure is periodically reviewed by the Finance Committee and, when changes occur, they are signalled to parents well ahead of time.
How will this affect my daughter’s standing on the current waitlist?
If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact College Registrar, Ms Sue McCulloch on 9368 9508 or by email to email@example.com, or Head of Junior School, Mrs Trish Somers on 9368 9555.
- Should you choose to either bring forward or defer your daughter’s enrolment, you will not be disadvantaged as the original application date will stand for the new year level.