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Welcome to Great Southern Grammar, where wide-open spaces equal wide-open futures.
For over 20 years, GSG has played a vital role in the education of children and young people of the Great Southern region.
Filled with the sights and sounds of joyfulness, energy and nature, GSG is alive with potential and possibilities.
An education at GSG is the opportunity to belong and become in a community that values the education of the whole child, in which exploration and curiosity are at the heart of learning and growing.
Enrolments for 2021 are open, with new, flexible arrangements in place for families interested in educating their children in a safe, caring and supportive environment with a strong sense of community and a tradition of excellence.
Great Southern Grammar's Pre-Kindergarten, named Djinda, commenced 2020. Djinda, meaning Little Stars in Noongar language, is an enriched programme available for children who have turned three prior to 30 June in the year of their enrolment.
Why Pre-Kindergarten? In response to local community requests, GSG introduced Djinda pre-kindergarten in 2020. Offering a one-day-per-week programme, GSG is meeting community expectations as well as supporting the transition to school-based education programmes.
What is Djinda? Djinda pre-kindergarten is a pre-compulsory programme offered by Great Southern Grammar to children three-years-old at the time of commencement. Djinda provides a play-based early learning environment that centres on the rights of the child and provides extensive access to the natural environment, while honouring our links to the Minang people/traditional custodians of the land.
Djinda Curriculum: The Djinda pre-kindergarten programme follows the Early Years Learning Framework in line with National Quality Framework legislation. Play is explicitly included in the curriculum and focus given to the purpose and opportunities for planned and spontaneous play. The curriculum addresses the intrinsically inquisitive nature of the child, allowing for their interests to be followed, while providing solid foundations in oral literacy and numeracy. Through a play-based and age-appropriate pedagogical approach, the Djinda pre-kindergarten programme provides high level education and care in the most important years of a child’s education.
Who Teaches Djinda? GSG offers a fully-qualified Early Childhood Educator to deliver the early years curriculum framework in the Djinda classroom, providing a seamless transition to higher levels of education within the school and access to quality educational resources.
Where is Djinda Held? Djinda pre-kindergarten is based in Great Southern Grammar’s Early Childhood Centre, with regular use of the school’s 144-acre campus, including the school farm and Wildspaces, incorporating guided exploration of bushland, foreshore and wetlands.
What are the Benefits? Djinda pre-kindergarten offers an enhanced transition to school for students. It enables them to become familiar with the school environment and classrooms, and is staffed by an educator in receipt of qualifications additional to those required of daycare staff. The focus of Djinda staff is on student care and development in an educational facility, which includes the facilitation of access to intervention services, where required.
When is Djinda Held? The Djinda pre-kindergarten schedule is one full day per week, 8.40am to 3.00pm held on Friday, in term-time.
Enrol now to give your child the opportunity to flourish at Great Southern Grammar.
Contact the Registrar, Mrs Julia Bairstow on 9844 0307 orenquire online
We welcome your enquiry and look forward to meeting you!