Clayfield College supports a philosophy of inclusive education. Students within Junior Schooling range in ability from gifted and talented to those who require learning support. In addition to impressive classroom programs, Junior Schooling at Clayfield College offers the following specialised programs to support the differing needs of our students:
Excellence in Music
The classroom Music program for Pre-Prep to Year 5 is based on the famed Hungarian composer and music educator, Zoltan Kodaly. Year 3 undertakes a compulsory strings program. Enriching lessons develop musical literacy while extension is possible through numerous choirs, bands, orchestras and ensembles. Many performance opportunities are offered throughout the year.
Elite and Developmental Sport Program
Clayfield College offers an Elite Sporting Program which currently encompasses Athletics, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Surf Lifesaving, Swimming, Tennis and Triathlon. Students accepted into the program are Queensland or Australian representatives who are endeavouring to maintain excellent academic results. The program is designed to assist these students in finding a balance between their studies and their sporting commitments. Clayfield College has developed the Elite Sporting Program not only to provide talented and committed athletes with an opportunity to train during school time but also provide time throughout the week for study or homework. The main aim or mission of the program is "To foster and support the excellent sporting success and commitment of our very talented students whilst maintaining the provision for excellence in their academic success."
Due to the growing number of talented and committed athletes within the College, the Elite Sporting Program has diversified to incorporate a Developmental Sporting Program currently encompassing the sports of Hockey, Tennis and Volleyball with Netball to commence in the near future. The purpose of this alternative program is to provide coaching expertise that will foster greater skill and game play techniques and strategies while maintaining and fuelling their interest and commitment to the sport. This pathway aims to allow for greater success for our athletes who have not reached state or national selection with their chosen sport but are striving to. The Developmental Sporting Program, therefore, provides expert coaching and programming to foster the future development of the athletes and is an avenue for entry into the Elite Sporting Program. The coaches within the Developmental Sporting Program are the same coaches or are at an equivalent standard as available in the Elite Sporting Program, the only difference being that training occurs outside of normal school hours.
The Elite and Developmental Sporting Programs are available to girls across all Year levels from Years 6 - 12, however, in some instances, students from Years 4 and 5 have qualified for the programs.
Learning Support & Enrichment
The Learning Support & Enrichment Department focuses on early identification to provide high quality educational interventions for students with learning difficulties. A safe and supportive environment is provided, where the diversity of learning styles and learning preferences are encouraged. As well as the enrichment offered by subject teachers, children who would benefit from extension activities are invited to participate in a number of gifted and talented opportunities such as Brainways, Days of Excellence and Optiminds.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
A full-time specialist ESL teacher, supported by a part-time TESOL trained Teacher Aide, assists those students for whom English is not their first language. Individualised attention hastens their acquisition of English.
This is an individualised program which assists the literacy development of targeted Year 2 students.
Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
In Years 4 to 5 the children have two lessons a week of a language other than English. Japanese and Chinese are currently being taught by specialist teachers.
Students in Years 4 to 5 participate in a developmentally appropriate camp each year. Camps are held at private sites where the students live in modern bunk-style accommodation with catering provided. Planned, organised day and night time activities form the program.