Junior School

From Prep to Year 5, Junior School students focus on developing the fundamental literacy and numeracy skills that will equip them for the Middle and Senior School years of learning.

The students focus on developing the fundamental literacy and numeracy skills that will equip them for Middle and Senior Schools. Whilst learning outcomes focus on literacy and numeracy, students also enjoy a range of exciting studies such as music, languages, science, history, geography, technology, visual arts, drama and physical education.


The combination of explicit teaching and inqury-based learning allows students to benefit from both curriculum designs. All curriculum documents are guided by the Australian Curriculum.

Students are also exposed to a range of co-curricular opportunities including private or group music tuition, ensembles, choirs and sporting teams. Students may also elect to take part in various Learning Enhancement programs such as Chess Club, Games Room, Art Club, Robotics Club, Tournament of Minds, GATEWAYS and Debating.

Students link their classroom learning with the outside world through The Leader in Me Process, as well as camps and excursions throughout the school year.

The Leader in Me

Leadership development is given priority at Oakleigh Grammar. Students are educated to recognise their own unique talents, leadership potential and are encouraged at all times to strive for their personal best.

Our Leader in Me process, based on Dr Stephen Covey’s ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, supports this focus in Junior School. The Middle and Senior School then embrace the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens to develop a common language and key leadership tools. Students are given leadership opportunities in the classroom, the arts, the sporting arena and in formal leadership roles.

We recognise the importance of teaching our young people essential life skills and qualities needed to succeed as leaders in the 21st Century and contribute to their families, school and broader community.

Students are encouraged to explore the meaning of personal leadership, make appropriate choices and learn how to speak with confidence and act with integrity. They learn the importance of taking responsibility for choices, planning, prioritising, valuing relationships, listening empathically and having a balance between their work and leisure.

Formal Leadership positions recognise the importance of service above self and include:

  • School Leaders
  • Environmental Leaders
  • Sport Leaders
  • Art Leaders
  • Peer Mediation Leaders
  • SRC Leaders

8 Habits of Highly Effective People

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Habit 1 - Be Proactive

Be Proactive means to take responsibility for your choices and behaviours. It says that you are in charge of your own life, you are responsible for whether you are happy or sad and you can choose how you react to other people or situations. You are in control

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Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind

Begin with the End in Mind means to think about the result you are after before you get started on something.

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Habit 3 - Put First Things First

Put First things First means to decide which activity or task is most important and to take care of that first. Work smarter, not harder.

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Habit 4 - Think Win-Win

To Think Win-Win is to believe that anyone can benefit from an outcome. It is the idea that there is enough good for everyone – it is an abundant way of thinking.

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Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood

Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood means that it is best to listen first and talk second. Taking the time to listen to someone allows you to reach a higher level of communication.

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Habit 6 - Synergise

Synergise is two or more people working together to develop good ideas and make them better. Two heads are better than one.

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Habit 7 - Sharpen the Saw

Sharpen the Saw means to establish balance in your life. This habit reminds us that we are more productive when we are in balance – body, brain, heart and soul.

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Habit 8 - Find Your Voice

As a Lighthouse School, we have found our voice and will always help others in finding theirs too.

We are proud that personal leadership is promoted and fostered at all levels of the School. Character and competency are given equal importance. Qualities such as integrity, resilience, tolerance, compassion and valuing diversity are developed and nurtured on a continuum from ELC to VCE.

Annual Leadership Day

The annual Leadership Day performance provides an opportunity for students to showcase their learning to parents, grandparents and the wider School community through poems, songs, artwork, multimedia presentations and plays. Leadership Day attracts visitors from Franklin-Covey Australia New Zealand and other schools implementing The Leader in Me Process across Victoria.

Junior School Library Program

The Oakleigh Grammar Library is centrally situated and is open the entire school day, providing a range of resources and experiences for students and staff. Regular reading classes are timetabled in the Library, fostering a love of reading and independent use of technology.