Shore Preparatory School’s North Sydney campus caters for boys from Year 3 to Year 6 and is located on Edward Street, North Sydney, adjacent to Shore’s Senior School site.
The Preparatory School North Sydney is housed in state of the art facilities, the LC Robson Centre. Designed after extensive research in Australia and overseas, the building was named in honour of the School’s fourth Headmaster who founded the Preparatory School in 1926. Built around the beautiful heritage building Upton Grange, the LC Robson Centre is an aesthetically beautiful blend of the old and the new, mirroring the School’s own approach of blending its traditions with the best educational practices of today.
Philosophy and Programme
The Preparatory School fosters an inclusive learning environment which promotes and encourages the wellbeing and achievement of all students within a supportive Christian community. The School believes that each child has been created by God with a unique contribution to make to the School and to the wider community. The School seeks to develop in each student a love of learning, a concern for others, a curiosity about the world and its people and a desire to find meaning and purpose in life.
To this end, Shore Preparatory School aims to create a learning environment which provides a broad range of rich educational opportunities that are inclusive of all students. The pastoral programmes of the School promote the wellbeing of all members of the school community and foster resilience, positive attitudes and emotions towards the self and others, the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships and a desire to contribute to the wellbeing of others.
A strong feature of the Preparatory School is the creative arts programme. Boys have visual arts, music, dance and drama lessons integrated into the regular timetable and taught by specialist teachers with expert knowledge in these fields. The meaningful integration of relevant technology permeates throughout our learning programmes. The Preparatory School has a dedicated computer room, but boys also have access to laptops and iPads in all classrooms, and access to robotics and coding activities in the curriculum. These resources, along with the availability of specialist ICT and Science teachers, greatly assist the provision of activities in the STEM domains of learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The modern Library continues to promote a love of reading and enjoyment of books in the boys, which has long been a priority of a Shore Preparatory School education. Other specialist facilities to which boys will have access are: a Visual Arts Studio, a Language Enrichment Room, Learning Support spaces, a dedicated Science Laboratory, a Physical Education area and specialist facilities for Dance and Drama in the Multi-Activity Centre. All these activities are staffed by specialist teachers.
Every boy has the opportunity to learn an instrument or to be a member of one of the musical groups or orchestra in the Preparatory School. The music facilities in the Preparatory School include a general purpose music teaching area, an ensemble room, and five individual practice studios.
In addition to the facilities of the Preparatory School, boys have regular access to the facilities of the Senior School, such as the Chapel, swimming pool and gymnasium (currently under reconstruction), the Graythwaite grounds and the Ken and Joan Smith Auditorium.
All boys participate in the games programme, including Saturday morning sport for boys in Years 4 to 6, in which the School enjoys a well-deserved high reputation. The Preparatory School is an active and contributing member of the Independent Primary School Heads’ Association (NSW Branch) which includes participation in regular sporting and cultural exchanges.