Catholic Education South Australia

Junior School Community R - 6

Learning for Life

Our Junior School provides an engaging learning environment for students from Reception to Year 6, where every learner has an individual pathway, so that every learner is encouraged to ‘let their light shine’ in their own individual way.

We aim to have a learning environment where students feel secure and supported to achieve their best. The Junior School has its own dedicated learning and play areas and boasts a brand new Reception building, the MacKillop Community Centre, which opened in 2021. Students also have access to our shared College facilities, including the Library, Reception - Year 9 Canteen and the Barrie Holmes Stadium.

Our Junior School offers a supportive environment with rich learning experiences in Literacy and Numeracy and other curriculum offerings. Through differentiated learning we cater for the needs of students, who are supported not only by teaching staff, but dedicated Pathways and Wellbeing Coordinators.

The Junior School offers Italian, an extensive Arts program, Music and Physical Education that is scheduled in every week. Junior School students also experience the dynamic and engaging Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program at planned times during the year. 

Tenison Woods College places a strong commitment to pastoral care, focusing on developing the whole person as well as academically extending all learners, and building relationships with families and the school community. These relationships are also built through a deliberate wellbeing program and a variety of wellbeing initiatives that value student agency, leadership opportunities for students and proactive opportunities such as lunchtime clubs. 

The College is preparing for further developments in the Junior School, with construction of a new Year 1-6 Building, due to be completed and ready for occupation by the beginning of the 2023 school year. The new building will feature contemporary learning spaces, complementing the architecture and design of the recently constructed Reception building.



MacKillop Community Centre

The College opened its doors to the brand new Reception Building, The MacKillop Community Centre, at the commencement of 2021. Students have been thriving in this new learning environment, which was custom designed to accentuate a Reggio Emelia inspired pedagogy and caters directly to the needs of Reception students as they begin their educational journey.

The MacKillop Community Centre features open classroom studios with breakout and meeting rooms, a large creative maker studio, two unique learning pods, as well as a spacious sensory room. At the heart of the building; a central piazza area allows collaboration between all classes at various times throughout the day. The exterior of this wonderful centre showcases an impressive contemporary nature playground. The building is state-of-the art in both its design and function.


For further information about the Junior School curriculum, please read the Junior School Information Handbook.

Click above to open the Reception Handbook (flipbook) 

or visit link to view or download / print the Reception Information Handbook PDF.

For information about how to enrol in the Junior School contact the Enrolment Registrar.

Tenison Woods College respectfully acknowledges the Boandik people are the First Nations people of the Mount Gambier South Eastern region of South Australia and pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, past, present and emerging.