The King's School Preparatory School has a proud history of providing an outstanding education for
boys. As the oldest independent boys’ school in Australia, we are in the unique position of being able to draw upon a wealth of experience, built up over many years, of how boys learn best. As the world changes rapidly, we not only celebrate our heritage but also continue to evolve and innovate in order that our boys receive an education that engages, challenges, and inspires.
The Prep School combines superb teaching with outstanding facilities and resources to support the learning of our boys, whether this be in the academic, social, emotional or physical domains. As an International Baccalaureate World School, we utilise the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) to guide us. This is packaged together with the New South Wales curriculum in a manner that challenges students to ask important questions, build skills, conduct
in-depth research, analyse findings, build conceptual understandings, share their learning in a variety of ways and reflect on their responsibility as part of a global community. Each boy is encouraged and supported to discover and fulfil his unique potential within a balanced, boy-friendly program that nurtures the whole person – mind, body and soul.
Indeed, some boys love the School so much that they even live here! Residential education is an area of speciality at King's, with full-time or weekly boarding available for students in Year Four onwards.
Within our overarching framework, character education is of particular importance to us; hence, a King's School education infuses opportunities for boys to learn about Christian values through their learning experiences in the classroom, their interactions with each other in the school yard and in the way that they engage with the world.
We believe that the best way to support our boys is in partnership with our parents. This occurs best through open and honest communication. The information presented in this on-line guide is one expression of this philosophy.
I do hope you find it useful. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
Welcome to the unique learning community of The King's School Prep.
We believe that pastoral care is the linchpin of a positive and productive learning environment.
Staff and students alike understand that our boys will learn best when they feel safe and secure, and are in an environment with clear and consistent boundaries. Our comprehensive pastoral care framework ensures that each boy benefits from the support of his peers, teachers, Housemaster and Senior Executive Staff.
The class group and year group provide the essential point of contact and care for our students on a day-to-day basis. This is a horizontal system: the boys benefit from the development of long term relationships within their peer group and the care of their classroom teachers.
For the boys of Years 3 to 6, our unique House system places the Housemaster as the key contact person and pastoral carer. While K-2 students are aligned with a House from Kindergarten, their key pastoral care contact is the Director of Students. The care provided through the House system is vertical in nature. The boys remain in the same House for the duration of their time in the Prep School and get to build relationships with boys from K-6. The Housemaster is a consistent point of contact for the boys, their families and the staff, who all share in the responsibility of care throughout these vital years of the learning journey. The House system also provides opportunities for student leadership and cross-grade peer support.
All Year 6 students engage in the unique Enterprise Award. They are challenged to demonstrate ‘enterprise’ as they undertake various challenges, primarily with support from home. These challenges include planning, preparing and cooking meals, community service, public speaking and a major project of their choice. The Enterprise Award provides a framework for development of skills, learning through experience and relationship building. It culminates in an impressive exhibition of completed projects and a week-long outdoor education camping experience.
The learning and fun in the Preparatory School do not need to finish at the end of class time!
Many boys choose to stay at school each afternoon to join in one of the various after school activities run by our own staff. This provides enjoyment for the boys and is often helpful for busy parents, who can rest easy knowing that their sons are happily engaged beyond normal school hours.
Activity groups operate 3.30pm - 4.45pm, Monday - Friday. Not all of the groups listed below are available each day: