Cross age programs
With around 800 students on a single campus, one of Lowther Hall’s great strengths is its range of cross age programs, which see girls of varying ages working and learning together.
Multiple cross age programs help foster our culture of inclusiveness and create additional opportunities for students to be known by peers of all ages throughout the School community. The opportunity to interact and participate with other girls of varying ages cements students’ feeling of connectedness to their School community – a factor that is of vital importance to the healthy growth and development of young people.
From House activities to leadership mentoring to music ensembles to buddy programs, the range of formal and informal cross age opportunities at Lowther Hall is extensive!
Cross Age Programs
- The House System. When they enter Lowther Hall, each student is placed in one of the School’s six Houses. As well as facilitating cross age interactions, the House system provides significant opportunities for leadership and participation across areas including sport, music and drama.
- Prep and Year 5 Buddy Program. A cross age buddy program in Junior School links every Prep student to a student in Year 5. The program offers support, friendship and reassurance to Prep girls in their critical first year of school, while also providing a valuable leadership development opportunity for Year 5 girls.
- Senior School inter-year level programs. Each year, Senior School pastoral care staff evaluate the needs of each cohort of students based on annual surveys regarding health and well being as well as observations of teacers and feedback from girls. Specific cross-age experiences are then prepared for different cohorts to address their specific needs.
- Years 11 and 12 Home Group. Home Groups in Years 11 and 12 include a mix of students from both year levels. This enables girls to form friendships between year levels and facilitates informal leadership mentoring opportunities for Year 11 girls.
- Peer Tutoring. Established peer tutoring programs see older girls assisting younger girls with their learning.
- Student Representative Council (SRC). Students from every year level are represented on the SRC and work together to conceive and implement initiatives that positively impact the student body.