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Junior School

Junior School

Growing confident, connected and adaptable learners

Junior School

Growing confident, connected and adaptable learners

The Scotch College Mitcham Campus is a place for growth.

The Junior School years of a child’s life are a voyage of discovery, during which they develop a love of learning and deep sense of curiosity and creativity. Through our unique Signature Learning Experiences, Scotch provides a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment to instil a life-long love of learning that will form the ideal foundations for future learning. 

Scotch College is a school where every face has a place and each child’s unique talents and interests are valued and encouraged. Our programs and approaches are designed to cater for all interests and learning styles, regardless of gender or background.


Signature Learning Experiences

We design contemporary, signature learning experiences at each stage of the Primary Years to ensure each child’s learning is relevant and purposeful.

Whilst many schools aim to make their students ‘future ready’ we understand that ‘today ready’ is just as important. Therefore, our challenge each day is to ensure every child is not only engaged in their learning, but empowered by their learning.

In Prep and Reception, the focus is on developing a love of learning and setting the foundations for future schooling through Wondering & Inquiring and Curiosity & Creativity. Year 1 focusses on Being & Belonging with a view towards valuing every individual's talents and strengths. In Year 2 students focus on Exploring & Connecting to begin developing greater independence and success. Year 3 builds on prior years through Identity & Purpose, developing an understanding of others and appreciating diverse views. In Year 4 students build resilience through Courage & Challenges, leading to Year 5 where Scotchies develop their personal voice and involvement through Influence & Action. The Signature Learning Experiences culminate in Year 6 with Leadership & Collaboration, preparing students for transition to the Middle School years.

By the time student’s leave Mitcham Campus for the Middle School, they will have developed a sense of belonging, a unique personal identity and voice, and the courage and resilience to be the best they can be.

During their years on Mitcham Campus, students and their families work with a team of educators who are committed to ongoing training and working collaboratively to positively impact on all learners, not just those they directly teach. We know that catering for student learning styles and needs must occur in the classroom with the Home Group teacher, who is responsible for overseeing the majority of a students’ learning. We focus on identifying and meeting each child’s point of need in their learning and moving them forward.




Student Wellbeing is at the core of all we do and at the heart of Scotch’s culture.

The Scotch Fit model promotes and acknowledges the importance of students being academically fit, physically fit, socially fit and psychologically fit. We also teach stand-alone, ‘Growing with Gratitude’ and ‘Wellbeing and Values Education’ programs.

Nestled into the foothills of the Adelaide Hills, with Brownhill Creek traversing Mitcham Campus, students always have opportunities to climb logs, gather gum nuts, float sticks down the creek or shadow ducklings, along with choices to play on custom built sports courts, playgrounds or on the oval. A progressive Outdoor Education experience also enables students to work in aquatic, coastal, parkland and rural settings.

This broad range of programs and opportunities, both physically and mentally challenging, are critical to the wellbeing of young people.

A Culture of Innovation

Scotch College is one of 40 Australian schools to be featured in The Educator's annual Innovative Schools List, revealing the schools at the cutting edge of change and innovation in the country.

Scotch was featured for the Year 5-9 Live Well Program, culminating in 9@Scotch, which creates signature learning experiences that balance the curriculum demands of traditional disciplines and integrated inquiry learning with non-traditional assessment methods.

Visit The Educator to learn more.


Living Well

Year 5 is a year of impact and action. Scotch's Live Well Program gives students the tools they need to be happy, independent and resilient learners ready to take on the world.

Year 5s begin to develop their personal voice and explore the concepts of influence and action, taking major steps into a world where they can take charge of their own learning and personal development. A major component of this development is the first stage of Scotch's unique Live Well Program, running from Years 5 - 9. 

This comprehensive learning program is a first in any Australian school with a focus on what it means to lead a life that is well-lived, with modules exploring sustainable living, food, technology and nutrition, physical wellbeing, global responsibility and service learning.


Promoting Leadership

Student personal and peer Leadership is fostered from the first year of school. Each class has delegates who join our environmental ‘Green Team’ and Student Representative Council action groups. I-Champions are also inducted to support their peers in each Middle and Upper primary class.


An Inclusive Community

As learning is not something that takes place in the isolation of school, we are committed to establishing and maintaining positive partnerships with parents and carers.

We recognise that our families have busy and connected lives beyond school so we aim to keep our communication formats consistent and predictable. Consents are gained through the Operoo App, Reports are accessible through an online portal and Newletters are sent via links. We support open lines of communication at all times. Parents are invited into the classrooms on a daily basis and their assistance is always welcomed.

The Junior School also has numerous major community events with wide, family participation, including Sports Day, Swimming Carnivals, Grandparents’ Day and musical performances.



Head of Mitcham Campus
Ieva Hampson

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