Junior School Curriculum

The McDonald College Junior School works to the guidelines of NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) is fully accredited and registered to teach the Key Learning Areas as set out by the Board of Studies.


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science & Technology
  • Human Society & Environment
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development Health
  • Physical Education



  • Small class sizes (average 20 students/class)
  • Individual Learning Plans for each student
  • Teaching of French in every class
  • Enhanced Science Study using Secondary School laboratories
  • Choir & Debating Classes
  • Use of Secondary School art facilities
  • A structured and developed transition from Primary to Secondary School



Junior students participate in 1.5 hours of Performing Arts training per day, which is structured around their academic timetable. PA time is programmed to include a range of classes to ensure that primary students have an all-round understanding and exposure to a number of streams in order to prepare them for senior year level entry, which commences at Year 7. These subjects include:

  • Orchestral Instrument Program
  • Classical Dance Program
  • Acting Program
  • Musical Theatre program (Years 5-6 only)


Students from Years 3 to 6 participate in an elective class each Tuesday morning. The following classes are offered within the Junior School are:

  • Music Composition
  • Writing Group
  • Technology
  • Rock Band
  • Art



Our Voyager Tennis Academy program is suitable for Year 5 entry and up only. This program operates when performing arts classes are on, with 1.5 hours devoted each day to training at Sydney Olympic Park. The program includes transportation to and from the school for all of our Junior School tennis students.