Girls standing on decorative site under a treeWhy Quintilian is called Quintilian School?

Quintilian School was started in 1975 by a group of parents and educators keen to develop a child-centred, community school with an emphasis on positive learning. The school is named after the Roman educator Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (born around 35AD). His views on education are seen as having permanent value and relevance.

He saw the aim of education as one of meeting individual needs and suggested that:

Quintilian differs from Montessori and Steiner schools in that, although there exists a strong educational philosophy, it does not adhere to a specific teaching approach or system.

Rather the emphasis is on the children (the approach taken is a child-centred one) and their educational and social needs and interests, and the teaching methods and programs are developed and altered accordingly.

a girl and two boys learningDoes Quintilian follow the same curriculum as other schools?

At Quintilian the programs are developed in line with the Australian Curriculum, West Australian Curriculum Framework, documents and other related State Government documents. The basic premise of these documents is that there are eight key learning areas, namely:

It is anticipated that progress will be made in each of the eight learning areas as children develop greater skills and understandings from Pre-Kindy through to Year 6. At Quintilian the approach adopted relies on teachers providing programs that are child-centred, offer high interest content, include a wide range of both excursions and incursions and ensure that the children have fun, but still provide academic rigour.

There is also an emphasis on the development of fundamental numeracy and literacy skills as well as excellent problem solving and independent learning skills. Creativity is fostered and the children are confident performers and public speakers. The academic results at Quintilian are always excellent.

What is Quintilian’s policy on entry-age?

The approach taken to entry-age at Quintilian has always been that children turning 3 can benefit from a developmentally appropriate, creative and imaginative program.

Teacher reading to two boysWhat are the staff/student ratios?

Our aim is to maintain a teacher to student ratio of 1:20 and this allows our teachers to know, understand and cater for the needs of each child. Occasionally this isn’t always possible as for instance children may join the school as a family group and will need to be accommodated into classes accordingly.

Our current class size is 20 with the maximum number in a class group of 28. Any class over 20 depending on the class cohort may have extra staff assigned to assist with the teaching so that the teaching ratio is 1:20.

Where (and how) do children tend to go when they leave Quintilian?

The children from Quintilian do not move into any specific school or education systems. About half of the students go on to other non-government independent schools and half to a range of government schools. Many of our students accept places in academic extension, music, sport or drama scholarship programs at schools such as Christchurch, Scotch, Hale, St Hildas, PLC, MLC, Perth Modern and Shenton College.

The children make the transition from Quintilian to the wide range of government and independent government schools exceptionally well. Students leave Quintilian with highly developed independent learning skills, positive self-concepts, an excellent grounding in literacy and numeracy skills, and a positive attitude towards learning.

Teacher grading two boysWhat specialist staff do we have at Quintilian?

Our current specialist staff includes a Music teacher, French teacher, Physical Education teacher and a Library Co-ordinator and ICT.

We have teacher coordinators for Upper Primary, Middle Primary, ELC, Sustainability and Inclusive Education.

What is the schools philosophy and approach?

At Quintilian the students are seen as individuals and responded to accordingly. Teachers use a variety of methods and approaches taking into account each child’s needs and interests. To ensure that staff are able to spend valuable time with each child during the school day.

We aim to maintain a teacher to student ratio of 1:20.

Parents and other family members are always welcome at Quintilian and the successful education is seen as occurring through parents and teachers working as partners. Parents are encouraged to participate as much as they are able. At Quintilian education is viewed as an experience that should be extremely enjoyable for all children.

Warm, caring relationships develop between the staff and the students and the activities are designed to respond to the children’s natural curiosity and desire to make new discoveries. The children at Quintilian progress at their own pace and if remediation or extension is required, individual programs are developed.

Kids Performing A PlayIn what ways are parents involved at Quintilian?

Parents and extended family members are always welcome at Quintilian. It is an important aspect of the school philosophy and programs offered. Parents are able to be involved in whatever ways suit them best. Some parents are not able to spend much time during the school day but are able to help out with busy bees, fund raising etc.

Others come and assist on a regular basis in the classroom or the library as well as on excursions and camps. Some parents become involved at a Board level and take part in the overall management of the school. In general, parents at Quintilian indicate that one of the aspects of life at the school which appeals to them most is the welcoming and participative atmosphere.

Will the current teachers remain teaching the same classes?

At Quintilian we are fortunate to have an outstanding group of teachers and teaching assistants. They are all talented, creative professionals who are more than capable of teaching  across the school. Generally the teachers at Quintilian teach in one class for two to three years before changing to a new class and area. This is positive both for the staff and the students. All of the staff are enthusiastic about teaching a range of classes and are extremely popular with both the students and the parents.