From Prep - Year 6, Junior School students have specialist lessons in Music, Performing Arts, Library and Physical Education. From Year 4, students also have a specialist lesson in Indonesian.
The variety and scope of these specialist lessons allows all students the opportunity to find a medium in which they can shine and show their personal best.
Library (Tait Library Resource Centre)
Lessons with the Librarian aim to help students gain skills in reading print and electronic text for both information and enjoyment.
Students will develop and utilise Information Literacy skills using a variety of Non-Fiction texts. They will be introduced to the Dewey Decimal System (which organises print texts into numerical order in a library), electronic databases, encyclopaedias and web-sites to enable them to access information.
Students will also become familiar with Fiction texts in a variety of genres. They will learn how print resources are organised into alphabetical order in a library.
This knowledge should enable children to differentiate between reading for enjoyment and reading for information, and, enhance their skills in accessing both Fiction and Non Fiction texts in a 21st century library.
The Music Programme aims to develop foundation musical skills encompassing musical literacy and playing. Individual music tuition is offered in a wide variety of instruments including Strings, Brass, Percussion, Piano, Guitar, Voice and Recorder.
Year 3 Strings Programme
Each student in Year 3 is allocated a string instrument (either violin, viola or cello) to borrow for the year. They also receive a year’s tuition with all related materials provided. This is a “taste test” with the view in mind that many students will continue to play either the strings or other instruments as they move through the Junior School and onto the Middle School.
The Performing Arts Programme focuses on the areas of Forming, Presenting, and Responding to develop performance skills and confidence.
Participation in sport is strongly encouraged in the Junior School. The Junior School is affiliated with a wide variety of sporting bodies, which allows students to participate at the highest level possible. All students in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in the Townsville and District Primary Sports Association interschool sports competition which has a wide variety of sports on offer.
Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
Languages other than English are a means of communicating across cultures and promoting socio-cultural understanding and competence.
Townsville Grammar School students in Years 3 - 6 study Indonesian. The language of our nearest Asian neighbour, the Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia) is of growing relevance given the increasing cultural, economic and political ties with Indonesia. By studying Indonesian students gain an insight into this cultural richness of this country, which enables them to develop empathy for and understanding of the values and attitudes within this Asian multicultural society.
French is introduced to the LOTE programme at Year 6. This gives students the opportunity to gain a base understanding of one of the European languages offered in the Middle School.