The Queen Margaret College Junior School (Year 1 – 6) aims to foster resilience, independence and confidence in its students. We offer a range of programmes, including Education Outside The Classroom, Sports and Performing Arts, and Oral Language Development, which all work towards this goal. Your daughter’s first steps through school will be an exciting time for both you and her.

Primary Years Programme

We are an IB World School authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP emphasises the total growth of the child by developing the students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values.

The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems and international schools to create a relevant and engaging framework for all students. The programme nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.

The PYP can be illustrated by the PYP Curriculum Model, which has the IB Learner Profile at its centre surrounded by the programme’s themes and subjects.

The IB Learner Profile is a set of learning outcomes that go beyond academic success. The profile aims to develop learners who are knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective. Learners are encouraged to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk takers.

The PYP framework includes six themes to explore and study, which are:

Who we are
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

How we organise ourselves
An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

How the world works
An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.


Where we are in time and place
An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Sharing the planet
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

How we express ourselves
An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Specialist Classes

The Junior School has a range of specialist teachers and classes available as part of the curriculum. All Junior School classes have an Art, Music and Religious Education lesson once a week with a specialist teacher. As part of the school music programme, Year 6 students join either the Year 6 Band or String group. Junior School students also have one session per week in the College Library.

Learning a second language is an important part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and is especially encouraged from a young age. Year 2 – 6 have two forty-five minute French sessions a week with experienced teacher Madam Hardie. With an immersion approach to teaching, Madam Hardie uses gestures, dance, music, drama, writing and reading to accelerate language learning.

Students have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their progress in these specialist subjects. Year 2 – 6 students perform plays in different languages at the Celebration of Learning and the language festival, Lingofest. Junior School choirs and musical groups also perform at events, including Prize Givings, Mothers to School and Grandparents to School days.

Learning Support and Extension

While all students at Queen Margaret College are well catered for in the classroom setting, we recognise that some may need specific help or extension in certain areas which cannot always be met by the classroom teacher.

Children who are having difficulty with reading, writing or numeracy are offered individual tuition, small group teaching and in-class support.

Students who require learning extension are identified by the use of standardised tests and teacher feedback.

To cater for extension students, we offer a number of options and classes including extra-curricular competitions, Chinese club, ICAS examinations in computer skills, english, mathematics, science, spelling and writing, mentoring and workshops.

A few kind words

Kathleen McDonnell – Head of Junior School

Kathleen has a Bachelor of Education from Victoria University and a  Masters in Educational Administration from ACU, Sydney.   She is passionate about providing an innovative stimulating and engaging learning environment which builds confidence and self-belief and helps to prepare students for an unknown future.

Her personal interests include travel, yoga, spending time in the outdoors tramping and cycling,  film and enjoying friends and family. 

useful links

  • EOTC

    Curriculum based learning experiences through the EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) programme are provided to develop students physically and mentally.

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    ERO Report

    Read the latest Education Review Office (ERO) reports on Queen Margaret Junior School.

  • LEAP

    The programme targets students who require extension learning through a range of challenging activities and competitions.

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