an adventure in waiting

The Tudor House Adventure

During their time at Tudor House, students’ lives are filled with excitement, adventure and challenge. They immerse themselves in living, learning, exploring, playing and socialising, in a safe and supportive environment.

From first bell to completion of after school activities, there is plenty for students to be involved with throughout a typical day.

The School day begins at 8am, when day students arrive, with classes commencing at 8.35am.

Lunchtime at 1pm is a highly social affair, with boarders, day students and teachers gathering in the main Dining Hall to share thoughts on their morning activities.

Afternoon classes recommence at 2pm, with the last class finishing at 3.30pm.

However, that’s not the end of the day, as many go on to After School Care, undertake sports training or partake in one of many other co-curricular activities. Boarders will convene at 5pm for their nightly prep, followed by dinner at 6pm.

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Meet the acting head of Campus

Wesley Dunne

BA Dip.Ed

Wesley Dunne takes up the role of Acting Head of School, effective 1 July 2021 until the conclusion of the school year. An Old Boy (2003) of The King’s School, Wes returned to the Senior School in 2020 to take up his current position of Deputy Head – Co-curricular, where he also teaches Geography and History.

Currently studying a Master in Business Administration (Business Leadership) through the University of Southern Queensland, Wes holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from Macquarie University.

Mr Adam Larby has been appointed as the Head of Campus - Tudor House, effective 1 January 2022.

Academic Excellence

The challenges today’s students will face as tomorrow’s leaders involves working more closely across geographic borders, with people who have very different backgrounds, beliefs and experiences.

Diversity and global citizenship are our common future and at The King’s School, Tudor House we are embracing these principals through our delivery of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP).

The unique learning landscape of our campus provides our young learns with a stimulating and engaging environment in which to explore, discover and grow.

quality of mind

At Tudor House, our teaching and learning programmes nurture and develop children as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

The School is an authorised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) School.

Delivering inquiry-led, transdisciplinary learning experiences, our students are challenged to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning with the Primary Years Programme framework. Guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, students deepen their learning by developing their conceptual understandings; strengthening their knowledge and skills across and beyond subject areas.

Tudor House students explore local and global issues and investigate opportunities in real-life contexts. PYP students take control of their learning, collaborating with each other and their teachers to deepen student learning and increase their confidence and self-motivation. We develop students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and the School’s values.

Our wonderful school community partner with our students in learning, actively contributing to a holistic educational experience.

Our students benefit from rich learning experiences in addition to their regular classroom activities, with specialist classes in Music, Visual and Performing Arts, a language in addition to English (French), Physical Education, Sport, Woodwork, STEM and our renowned Outdoor Education program, Kahiba.

 

Fostering an inclusive environment and with a comprehensive, whole-school approach to supporting all students, The King’s School, Tudor House, provides evidence-based, best-practice learning opportunities to support learners with additional needs. Multiple methods are used to identify students. Support for students is developed at the whole school, class, small group and individual level, in response to need. The Education Support Services (ESS) team works closely with class teachers to maximise learning across all areas. Valuing family partnerships, and with strong links to community support services, the School works collaboratively to enhance every student’s unique learning needs.

The King’s School, Tudor House recognises that gifted and talented students have specific learning needs that may require adjustments to the pace, level and content of the curriculum. Differentiated educational opportunities assist in meeting the needs of gifted and talented students.

We are committed to ensuring that the needs of gifted students are catered for to enable them to reach their educational potential.

The inquiry nature of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme means that gifted students at The King’s School, Tudor House have the opportunity to further develop and extend their knowledge through Units of Inquiry, as well as to pursue areas of interest.

Our Pre-Kindergarten class warmly welcomes boys and girls five days a week from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Learning through the characteristics of play and collaboration is at the heart of teaching our smallest learners.

To help children adapt, integrate and transition to Kindergarten, we provide them with hands-on experience in the classrooms of our older students, with the assistance of support teachers. In our outdoor space, Pre-Kindergarten students explore and try new activities encouraging the development of enquiring minds. 

The Paddock to Plate program is a highlight of the Pre-K experience with students growing and harvesting produce, including apples in our orchards, watermelons, pears and berries. ‘Chicken Duty’ is eagerly anticipated with the opportunity to feed the chooks and collect eggs. The lovingly grown produce is then shared and celebrated with other students in the Dining Room.

The Pre-Kindergarten classroom in the Lower Primary Precinct, allows students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 to interact positively with each other in a safe space. This provides the opportunity for the youngest Tudorians to learn by example as older students role model traits of leadership.

The Pre-Kindergarten program focuses on Phonological Awareness, Literature and Mathematics. Specialist classes include Music, French, Woodwork, Art, PE and Biblical Studies. The completion of the five day per week Pre-Kindergarten Program promotes a smooth transition into Kindergarten.

As an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School the boys and girls love to learn as inquirers through a conceptual lens. We take our students from the Tudor House ‘stage’ situated in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW to the ‘world stage’ as internationally-minded citizens.

Our Christian Community, interwoven with our School Values provides the foundation upon which our students build their lives.

Our technology-rich state of the art facilities which include a magnificent library, iHub (STEM), learning spaces with interactive screens and 1:1 devices prepare the students for the rapidly changing digitally-networked world to which they belong.

Biblical Studies, Music, French, Physical and Outdoor Education, Library, STEM, Woodwork and Visual Arts specialist teachers work alongside the classroom teachers, enriching and extending learning experiences.  Differentiated support is provided both by the classroom teachers and by educational support teachers to enable students to achieve to their potential, whether working towards or beyond the expected learning outcomes of their cohort.

From Kindergarten to Year 2 our students join the Strings program designed to develop musical appreciation, understanding and skills as a basis for future musical experiences

As students flourish in their surroundings, we continue with our teaching and learning approach within the Primary Years Programme framework, building on the solid foundations, concepts gained and connections made, further developing skill-focused approaches to learning.

Where authentically relevant, a range of disciplines such as Science, History, Geography, Personal Development and Visual and Performing Arts are integrated into units of inquiry making learning meaningful and connected.  Specialist subjects enjoyed during the early years are further expanded.

A vibrant music education and performance program is introduced from Year 3 involving all students, with access to instruments and fully-equipped performance spaces. We also extend sporting opportunities with the introduction of differentiated inter-school team sports. A broad range of co-curricular activities enrich the lives of our students.

Character Development

Co-curricular activities enable students to build emotional and social skills such as resilience, persistence and cooperation.

The King’s School, Tudor House offers an extensive co-curricular program encompassing both sporting opportunities and a wide range of creative and performing arts activities.

quality of body

The health and wellbeing of our students is supported with a range of sports including Soccer, Rugby, Cross Country, Athletics, Swimming, Triathlon, Softball, Cricket, Water Polo and Snowsports.

The annual Triathlon (3-6), Billy Cart Derby (PK-6), Ashes Cricket (Boarders vs Day Students), Rugby and Cricket Tours are much anticipated events on the School’s annual calendar.

One of the most popular activities at Tudor House is our renowned Kahiba program. With origins in the Cub Scouts movement, outdoor education has been a long-standing tradition of the School and provides students with the opportunity to build resilience, resourcefulness and character.

Linked to the curriculum outcomes, Kahiba challenges students physically and intellectually as they navigate outdoor life skills.

The meaning of Kahiba originates from the Aboriginal word for ‘young’. With this in mind, our teachers deliver a program of activities across the School and in residential camps.

Our own 169 acres of bushland provides students with the weekly opportunity to enjoy Kahiba where they participate in activities ranging from canoeing, archery, base building, fire building and management, fishing, first aid, knot tying, tree climbing, orienteering, or competing on the 32 modules of the low ropes course. Years 5 and 6 cook their own lunch in preparation for the privilege of weekend camping on the grounds afforded to Year 6 students.

Students also participate in the maintenance of our farm through the Paddock to Plate program, where they learn to plant, grow and nurture vegetables, fruit and animals. The resultant bounty is then used in our Dining Hall where we can all enjoy the products of the children’s hard work

Tudor House students have a wide range of opportunities that enables them to participate in performing. Whether it is a recital showcasing individual musical talent, singing with the Choristers, competing against their peers in poetry recitals, ‘spelling bees’ or public speaking, or just performing in the annual Talent Show, our students become engaged and confident in front of an audience.

Each year the Year 6 students perform in a musical. Directed by teachers and supported by the Music Department staff, these performances are an extravaganza.

Professional sound technicians are engaged to ensure all students are seen and heard at their ‘performance best’ with everyone including parents and friends joining in to build magnificent sets and outstanding costumes.

In addition to the wide range of activities on offer every day, we also have a number of extra-curricular activities held both on and off-site in which our children participate. The program includes tennis coaching, swimming lessons and squads, an equestrian program at nearby Rosthwaite Farm, Soccer, Rugby and Cricket clinics, Chess Club, Lego League, Dance, Debating and Snowsport lessons and training during the winter months in the Snowy Mountains.

All of these activities contribute to forming stronger friendships between students and help to continually build on skills they will continue to use throughout life.

Christian Community

At The King’s School, Tudor House, our focus is on our students – we recognise that each individual is special and has their own unique set of strengths and areas for growth.

We aspire to celebrate and commend each student for progress in their personal endeavours, and we aim to develop students who understand the Christian faith and seek to live out its message in practical ways, full of compassion for humanity.

quality of soul

As a community, students and staff share daily meals that not only provide nutrition but also allow time for conversations and relationships to thrive. Students are taught and engaged explicitly in the seven School values; Humility, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.

Through Biblical Studies lessons and Chapel, we aim to develop students who understand the Christian faith and seek to live out its message in practical ways, full of compassion for humanity.

We work closely with students and families to build successful partnerships. Our community is defined by the quality of our relationships and families thrive as members of the School community. The Tudor Rose Auxiliary, an informal group of family and friends, organises a wonderful mix of community events over the course of the year, an ideal opportunity for making and consolidating friendships. Some of the events we enjoy are Billy Cart Derby Day, the annual Bonfire and Kite Flying event, the Foundation Dinner, a Trivia Night, Mother’s and Father’s Day dinners.

The wellbeing of each student is paramount at Tudor House. Each member of staff is carefully selected for their experience and devotion to helping students reach their full potential as they grow as lifelong learners.

Students belong to Colour Houses: Red, White or Blue, for the duration of their time at Tudor House. Colour Families are smaller groups formed from each Colour House. These families are vertically grouped and designed to foster the essential development of peer-support networks within the School.

Each Colour House has a Housemaster who provides pastoral support and encouragement.

Students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 are allocated to a Colour House in which they compete at sporting events and weekly activities. Colour Families and a member of staff meet as a group fortnightly to help each other and connect and play with children of different age groups.

Boarding students enjoy a strong network of residential staff, which ensures a family environment exists where pastoral care and attention are available, day and night.

Each new student at Tudor House is assigned a ‘buddy’ from the same year group providing crucial peer support for social and emotional wellbeing for new students.

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students are assigned a Year 5 and Year 6 buddy respectively to ensure a smooth transition to School and particularly life in the playground.

All buddies display the qualities of empathy, kindness and tolerance which are embedded into the values of our School.

 

Boys at Tudor House enjoy preferred entry to The King’s School Senior campus for Year 7. This makes for a seamless transition as boys join the Senior School with an established friendship group.

During the years spent at Tudor House, cross-campus activities promote the development of a sense of belonging to the broader King’s boarding community.

At Tudor House, we appreciate that many of our families work longer hours than the regular school day.

To support our families, we offer afterschool care for Pre-Kindergarten until 5.00pm and for Kindergarten to Year 6, children can stay for prep (homework time) and even dinner with pick up at 6.30pm.

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