St Laurence’s Primary caters for Years 5 to 7 with four classes per year level. There are approximately thirty boys per class and an overall Primary enrolment of 360 students.
Being part of an overall College structure of Years 5 to 12, the Primary students enjoy many advantages ranging from the instruction of specialist teachers in Key Learning areas of HPE, LOTE (Chinese), Art, Music and Drama as well as the use of modern facilities such as science laboratories and the Primary Library including computer labs. Importantly, the Primary boys enjoy the mentoring and role modeling of Senior students who take a proactive role in student leadership.
At the same time, the Primary school is just that – a Primary School. Each class has a Home Class Teacher who has the responsibility for the pastoral care and the academic progress of that class. The Home Class teachers are supported by a Year level coordinator who leads the Curriculum Development and Pastoral Care program for each year level. The Curriculum at St Laurence’s is challenging and engaging for boys. Students can also access Learning Support and the College enrichment program SLEAP (St Laurence’s Excellence in Academics Program). The curriculum is enriched by our cultural opportunities including a vibrant music program, public speaking, debating and chess. The College is a member school of the Combined Independent Colleges Sport Association (CIC) and as such, provides a variety of sports such as cricket, rugby and football throughout the year.
As a Catholic school in the Edmund rice tradition we celebrate our faith and spirituality through Mass, liturgies and daily classroom prayer. Certainly, one of the most obvious strengths of St Laurence’s Primary is the very real sense of community that characterises much of what we do. Celebrations such as our Missioning Eucharist, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Year 5 Grandparents Day and the Awards evening evidence this shared sense of belonging.
Those students who graduate to secondary schooling from our Primary School do so with a well developed “Lauries” spirit that is borne not only from a notion of belonging to a great school but also from a realisation of their own great potential as a person.