Early Learning Years

Launch of EREA Early Learning Statement - Wednesday July 14, 2021

Dr Craig Wattam (Executive Director), on behalf of Edmund Rice Education Australia, is proud to launch the EREA Early Learning Statement. This statement sets out our commitment to early learning education and clarifies our vision for the education of our youngest learners. The statement will assist in guiding EREA’s ongoing work within this sector over the next decade.

The EREA Early Learning statement is available at - Erea Early Learning Final

Kindergarten @ SVC

Please download our Handbook - Kindergarten @ SVC 2021 


Our Philosophy

At St Virgil’s College Kindergarten, we have created an environment which values creativity, kindness, citizenship, engagement, inquiry, wonder and joy. 

As a compassionate community connected through faith, we invite children into a close relationship with Christ and aspire to be faithful to the four touchstones of the Charter for Edmund Rice Education Australia schools.

We believe that every child is capable, rich in possibilities and potential and as such has a right to a quality early year learning program.   

   We value and respect the innate curiosity that drives boys to explore and make meaning of the world and their place in it.

We believe that boys learn best through authentic play experiences and the excitement and joy of discovery.

We believe nature and experiences in the natural environment are intrinsically treasured by all children and are essential to the development and wellbeing of boys.

We believe everyone has the right to belong. We embrace diversity and value the respectful relationships, which develop when boys are allowed to navigate their own learning through meaningful and reciprocal relationships with educators and with the world around them.

We believe in the value of time - time to discover, time to engage, time to wonder and time to inquire, problem solve and reflect. Time and space to be amazed, fascinated and curious.  Time to love learning, time to share learning and time to build deep understanding. Time to flourish and learn in the here and now.

               By Deeds not Words!                                           

Kindergarten Hours

Monday-Wednesday, 8.45am – 2.45pm

2021 School Terms

Term 1: February 3 to April 1

Term 2: April 26 to July 2

Term 3: July 20 – September 24 

Term 4: October 11 – December 14

Welcome to the St Virgil’s College community and to Early Years Learning.  Within this Handbook is information which will support you and your son’s smooth transition to primary school.  Please contact the College should you have any questions or concerns.

The Early Years Learning at St Virgil’s embraces the joy of childhood and the spontaneity of learning for boys. We rejoice in the teachable moments, the moments of wonder and the moments of deep learning which stem from meaningful inquiry.

“Nothing without joy”

Loris Malaguzzi

The wonder and joy of learning grows from rich play experiences with open-ended materials, and the time for boys to imagine and ponder.  Interwoven in these experiences lies the capacity, confidence and disposition to use language in all its forms. 

Personalised learning experiences cater for unique interests and individual learning journeys. Each boy’s passions and gifts and preferred ‘Languages’ of self- expression and communication are identified, embraced and developed. 

Information and communication technologies are embraced as learning tools and modes of expression.  Educators support boys to develop the skills they will need to use information and communication technologies as tools for inquiry and learning.

Our experienced and highly qualified Early Childhood educators cherish creativity and provide rich engaging environments that invite boys’ sense of wonder and mystery where they can develop and use different ‘languages’ of expression.

Shared discussion and the development of inquiry projects is a key component of learning experiences within Kindergarten. The early years educators at St Virgil’s listen intently to each boy’s ideas, they value their contributions, and they record their dialogue so that it can be revisited for discussion and deeper thinking.

Educators respectfully document each boy’s joyful moments of discovery, their dialogue and interactions, their explorations, and imaginings, to be shared with the class and their parents.

A nurturing and caring environment and supportive educators’ welcome boys and families into our learning community where a sense of belonging and mutual respect is fostered and trusting reciprocal relationships are cultivated.

Our approach to every boy is influenced by our image of the child, as an image of God, a capable and competent citizen who makes valuable contributions to our world and whose rich potential will blossom with nurturing.

“All children have preparedness, potential, curiosity; they have interest in relationship, in constructing their own learning, and in negotiating with everything the environment brings to them. Children should be considered as active citizens with rights, as contributing members, with their families, of their local community”

Lella Gandini