Junior School ignites curiosity and compassion

May 10, 2024 BY
Ballarat Grammar Junior School

Students can explore unique learning environments such as the Mount Rowan farm campus. Photos: SUPPLIED

In the Junior School at Ballarat Grammar, there is a commitment to a holistic learning experience.

This is deeply ingrained in the school values and centered on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

Staff support structured inquiry and the development of curious, knowledgeable, caring, and motivated learners.

The school’s educational philosophy emphasises fostering positive relationships for wellbeing, and cultivating a lifelong passion for learning through exploration, challenge, and inquiry.

This approach results in confident students who have the courage and compassion needed to navigate the complexities of the world.

Staff’s primary focus is connecting students to themselves, others, and the natural world.

Through transdisciplinary learning, various subjects are integrated, allowing students to see the interconnectedness of their education with life experiences.

Students are encouraged to ask questions and investiage at Ballarat Grammar Junior School.


This approach enriches students understanding and encourages deeper engagement with the learnings, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Integral to the curriculum is the cultivation of global citizenship and empathy.

Diversity and cultural differences are embraced while nurturing essential skills such as critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

By instilling a sense of responsibility towards others and promoting inclusive values, students are empowered to become active contributors to a more compassionate and equitable society.

Curiosity is celebrated alongside this as a driving force for learning; staff recognise and value students’ natural inclination to inquire, explore, and question.

By encouraging curiosity, students are empowered to take ownership of their learning journey, fostering a lifelong love for exploration and discovery.

The curriculum is enhanced with immersive learning experiences aimed at captivating and engaging young minds.

These experiences include unique learning environments such as the Mount Rowan farm campus, the inquiry centre, and art studio, as well as outdoor adventures in considerately designed play spaces.

This diverse range of experiences nurtures students both physically and academically, fostering their overall growth and development.

Immersive learning experiences on offer include outdoor adventures.


Staff understand the importance of community in a child’s educational journey.

Through transition programs, parent engagement initiatives, and buddy systems, a sense of belonging is fostered, ensuring a smooth transition into the school community.

Ballarat Grammar’s Junior School is dedicated to nurturing curiosity, fostering global citizenship, and providing immersive learning experiences.

With a commitment to academic, social, and emotional growth, staff prepare students to excel in an ever-changing world.

The community is invited to schedule a visit today to explore the enriching educational journey awaiting your family.

For more information, visit bgs.vic.edu.au. To register for the coming Ballarat Grammar Twilight Tour, held from 4-6pm on Tuesday, May 14, head to bgs.vic.edu.au/enrolment/tours