Primary

Our Program

Cairns Adventist College is dedicated to its students achieving their full academic potential.

The College’s curriculum is based on the Australian Curriculum Yr 1-6. Key Learning Areas (KLA’s) offered are:

  • Biblical Studies (Encounter)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences – History/Geography/Civics & Citizenship, Economics and Business)
  • Technologies
  • Health & Physical Education
  • The Arts (Music, Visual Art, Drama, Media Art, Dance)
  • LOTE (Auslan)
  • Science

We have a qualified, dedicated and innovative teaching staff. Assignments and tasks are designed to provide opportunity for different learning styles and this enables each child to be able to reach their full potential in their own time.

Technology

Technology is integrated within the curriculum areas of the Prep and Primary Years. All students have access to computers in their classrooms. P-3 have a computer bench with laptops for use within the classroom and Yrs 4-6 have access to 1to1 laptops that are located in their classrooms.

In the early years of school, students build their familiarity with login, drill and practice, extending reading and problem solving through programs such as Mathletics®, Study Ladder and Reading Eggs®.

As students move through the Primary years, they use technology to enrich their literacy, numeracy, problem solving, typing and research skills. Furthermore, they develop an understanding of Microsoft Office suite and are assisted in the learning to use other applications and web tools.

Interactive Promethean boards are in all Primary classrooms and this allows whole class interactive learning in subject areas such as literacy and numeracy, whilst building a familiarity with technology.

In addition, a bank of iPads are available with applications for P-3 students. We have a range of digital equipment this is used throughout the Primary school such as Bee Bots, Makey Makeys and other digital software coding programs such as Scratch.

Outside the classroom

In addition to the scheduled sessions of physical activity during class time, students of Cairns Adventist College also participate in scheduled blocks of sport each week.

  • Term 1: All students from Prep-Year 6 participate in Swimming lessons at Gordonvale swimming pool
  • Term 2: Students in Prep – Year 6 have athletics training and also practice for participate in the ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ competition.
  • Term 3: Students in Prep-Year 3 travel off-site to South Cairns Gymnastics centre in Bentley Park for gymnastics whilst the Yr 4-6 participate in Team Sports at school.
  • Term 4: All students from Prep-Year 6 participate Swimming lessons at Gordonvale swimming pool

There are 3 main sport carnivals throughout the year, Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country. Students are able to compete against each other in all the different skill areas. There is also opportunity for students to progress further and compete against other school in ‘Peninsula Sports’.

An annual camp is held for students in Years 5-6 to enhance team-building skills, self-confidence and peer relationships through challenging activities and problem solving.

Students participate in group activities during the day such as;

  • Archery
  • Low ropes course
  • Rock climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Raft building
  • Group Games

Cairns Adventist College offers the opportunity for students to work as a class in our vegetable gardens. There is nothing quite like getting your hands dirty and seeing the rewards of your hard work. However, there is more to it than that. There are many things that can be learnt – the life cycle of plants, the importance of nutrients and water etc. Many of our students also get to eat what they grow, try new things and enjoy the experience.

Here at Cairns Adventist College we place importance on Pastoral care. We as a school value the health and wellbeing of each student, developing character values and shaping holistic teaching and learning. Our chaplain holds weekly Bible Studies for students and does classroom visitations on a regular basis. Our Chaplain is also available to assist with individual student welfare concerns and to guide the students spiritually.