Curriculum

The curriculum at Pembroke School extends from our child-centred, developmentally based activities in the Early Learning Centre to the Primary Years Programme in the Junior School (Reception - Year 6) with two academic programmes being offered in the Senior School: The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).

Our aim is to provide a rich, comprehensive and meaningful programme relevant to the development of young people today. Our curriculum stresses initiative, independence, self-discipline and motivation, with a collaborative approach to learning. There is a significant orientation towards thinking skills and problem-solving and a meaningful interaction with technology in its various forms. We seek to nurture a student's strengths and interests within a curriculum framework that covers the eight nationally recognised key learning areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Society and Environment, Languages, Arts, Health and Physical Education and Technology.

The study of a second language commences in the Junior School (Year 2) with Spanish and continues with a broader range of foreign language options in the Middle School up to Year 10. The International Baccalaureate Diploma requires the study of a foreign language. Indonesian ab initio is offered from Year 11 to provide for students without the necessary foreign language background.

Our academic programme is enriched by participation in a variety of relevant excursions, academic competitions, exchange programmes and study tours. We have links to other institutions (both secondary and tertiary) to enable us to provide specialised programmes for our students as needed. Within each sub-school exists a branch of the Hearing Unit which offers expert assistance and support for our hearing-impaired students from highly trained staff.

In Year 9 and Year 10 there are separate Mathematics and Science courses to give students greater flexibility in selecting the appropriate pathway for their senior studies. A comprehensive range of SACE and IB courses at the required levels is offered with the added interest of VET (Vocational Education and Training) options within the SACE. These VET courses enable students to acquire industry standard TAFE qualifications which can count towards their SACE Certificate. VET courses at Certificate III level can also count towards the ATAR for university entry.

More details on each key learning area and on our specialised programmes are to be found in Related Articles. The Dean of Studies is responsible for curriculum management and development.