Iona Presentation College

Early Childhood K-2

Children encouraged to wonder, ask questions and explore …

In the early years of schooling, children are in the investigative and exploratory phases of development. Utilising current Early Childhood theory and practice, our teachers provide stimulating environments that engage children in active investigation.

Literacy, Numeracy and Scientific Investigation:

A balanced approach to teaching and learning, using a play-based education program will engage your child, encouraging autonomy and responsibility. Explicit intentional teaching is used to focus on literacy, numeracy and scientific investigation skills in a dynamic and hands on environment.

Your child is encouraged to wonder, ask questions, explore and strive to understand the world around them. Emphasis is placed on social and emotional development so that children build strong relationships, can work with others and develop a positive sense of self.

The Arts:

Early participation in the Arts can stimulate children's imagination and creativity (Robinson, 2006), develop social skills and provide valuable multi-literacy skills in a world where film, animation and digital images have been present since birth.

Music and Movement - Kindergarten students are engaged in fun and creative music making that forms the basis of the ongoing Music program for future years. Pre-Primary and Year 1 students are engaged in the Performing Arts through a development Music and Movement program with a specialist teacher.

Visual Arts - Patterns, symbols, and images provide the means for self-expression and communication of thoughts and concepts. Experimentation with ways of expressing ideas and making meaning using a range of media begin our students' journey in the creative and expressive arts. Pre-primary and Year 1 students participate in an Art program with a specialist teacher each week.


Young children are fascinated with and have a natural enthusiasm for language. The Early Childhood languages program at Iona introduces the Indonesian language and culture to the Pre-primary and Year 1 students through song; dance; games; puzzles and other engaging interactive activities.

Health and Physical Education:

Energetic physical activity which draws on family and community experiences form the basis of planned Physical Education activities in the Early Childhood context for Pre-Primary and Year 1 students.  Familiar and new games using a wide range of materials aim to engage both fine and gross motor skills and improve spatial awareness.  Play space is always negotiated to provide opportunities for students to learn about the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.