Junior School

Junior School 

Pacific Valley Junior School is a close-knit community where students nurture each other. It is an honour and privilege to work with families in the Lower Clarence valley in this beautiful part of the world. Our teachers are enthusiastic and caring Christians who seek to nurture the gifts your child has been given and encourage them to use their gifts to serve their community.

  • Your children are encouraged to develop their gifts and abilities to their fullest potential by teachers who really care for your child
  • We provide an affordable, quality education for all families, emphasising Christian values within a caring Christian environment.
  • Our fully trained Christian teachers deliver a comprehensive curriculum approved by the Board of Studies.
  • Extra learning support is provided one to one, within small groups or extra classroom help for those children who are assessed as having weakness in a particular curriculum area. We strive to build on the strengths of each child.
  • Our NAPLAN scores demonstrate that a significant number of our students achieve well or exceed the state scores.

Pacific Valley provides a comprehensive curriculum which enables students to engage within a variety of subjects. Extra-curricular activities and community involvement are foundational elements in our school community and each student is encouraged to participate. Participation and acts of service allow students to develop their sense of being a part of a community and belonging.

“We were having concerns about where to send our daughter to school in the future as she needed extra academic and social support. We didn’t feel that we had any suitable options in the Clarence Valley. A friend had mentioned PVCS to us and so we went along to an Open Day at the school. From our first visit, we were made to feel very welcome. We spoke with the Principal, Mr Johnston, who was very open and honest about what the school could provide for our daughter currently, and into the future. He invited her to spend a few days at the school in the appropriate class and see how we all felt. Since that day, we haven’t looked back”.
Jenny and Alan

Your child’s first year at Pacific Valley, in Transition or Kindergarten, will be an exciting and wonderful adventure, as he/she begins his/her first stage of formal education.

First impressions can be lasting and we aim to make your child’s introduction to school, whether that’s Kindergarten or somewhere up to Year 6, an enjoyable, yet valuable learning experience. We want you and your child to be part of our wonderful school community and enjoy the benefits that community living brings – support, encouragement, love and care.
As your child ventures into school life, they may experience situations that are new to them; but don’t be afraid, because here at PVCS we do life together. We aim to make settling into PVCS as smooth a process as possible for you, your child and family. New students can expect to:

  • Meet new people
  • Discover and explore new areas of knowledge and skills
  • Interact with new authorities
  • Establish relationships in the classroom and playground
  • Learn responsibility in their learning journey
  • Grow in independence and maturity within a loving community

Pacific Valley Junior School offers a learning environment that will assist your child in becoming the special person God has created them to be. Recognising the uniqueness of each individual, we aim to honour God by valuing excellence in all areas of life.

T2K - Preparing for school

You can help your child to adjust to this new situation in the following ways:

  • Remember to keep the channels of communication open. Discuss what will happen at school in a reassuring and positive way. If appropriate, visit the school grounds out of school hours and walk around taking note of where different things are so that your child develops familiarity with the premises.
  • Familiarise yourself with school routines so that you can prepare your child for the things that will happen each day.
  • Give your child small tasks to complete at home - duties that require one or two simple directions. Only give one task at a time so that he/she does not feel stressed.
  • Provide opportunities for your child to spend time away from you. Gradually increase the amount of time spent with others. If possible, provide opportunities for your child to play with a large group of children.
  • If your child has any problems (eg medical or emotional), discuss them with his/her teacher prior to starting school. This will help you feel more relaxed about the situation. Otherwise, your worries may be sensed by your child.
  • Remember that children can behave differently away from their parents. Children react to changed situations, so be prepared for some out-of-character behaviour while he/she makes adjustments.
  • Encourage your child to use the toilet independently. Please make sure your child is able to manage their own clothing, lunch box and school bag. Velcro or buckled shoes may be easier and are acceptable.

Ways to assist your child for learning

You can help your child to adjust to this new situation in the following ways:

  • Encourage play with other children - taking turns, sharing of toys, waiting for a turn, joining in a game that has already started, following rules of a game, finishing a game. Remember in games, not everyone wins!
  • Encourage an interest in creative activities using scissors, pencils, paint brushes, glue and a range of materials. All pencils, glue sticks, scissors etc., are supplied by the school, including left-handed scissors. There is no need to send a pencil case and equipment to school.
  • Help your child to recognise and write his/her name. When helping your child, please use lower case letters with a capital letter at the start. The NSW School Font is on the next page and is what they will learn at school.
  • Promote concentration by expecting your child to persist with tasks to completion. Take care to set achievable tasks and praise all the steps of achievement.
  • Encourage your child to pack away toys and activities when finished with them. Encourage them to respect the things that they have been blessed with.
  • Talk with your child often. Not the talk you only have when he/she wants something, or when you are reprimanding him/her. But encourage your child to express ideas, question, describe and communicate in socially acceptable ways. This encourages vocabulary development and builds the necessary skills for learning and life.
  • It is a good idea to have your child’s speech, hearing and vision checked before they start school. Before School Screening is available free of charge through Community Health, Maclean Hospital. Call 6640 0111 to make an appointment.