ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
We are committed to providing students with diverse learning opportunities in a multicultural context that challenges them to recognise their individual potential .
Caulfield Junior College is a unique school that values the rich cultural diversity of our community. In this fast evolving world of digital technology and globalisation, the notion of multiculturalism becomes a key that unlocks the true potential of the young minds and broadens their horizons. Our students are the thinkers and leaders of tomorrow; our goal is to prepare them academically and socially for their secondary education and beyond, and provide them with tools that exceed the limits of the traditional curriculum.
We offer two streams at CJC:
The Victorian curriculum that meets the standards of the Department of Education and Training Victoria.
The French Binational Program curriculum which offers a bilingual education based on both French and Victorian curricula that meets the standards of the Department of Education and Training Victoria as well as the French Ministry of National Education.
Furthermore, a Hebrew language program is offered to all CJC students as a before and after school extension opportunity.
In 2021, CJC is proud of its community that represents 28 different nationalities, speaking 23 languages other than English at home.
The Structure of the French-Australian School of Melbourne in 2021
The French-Australian School of Melbourne currently has over 330 enrolled students (2021).
Most of these children were born in Australia to Franco-Australian parents, 75% have a French speaking parent who lives at home. Approximately 10% of our students are from expatriates families.
In 2020, the French Binational Program represents 14 bilingual classes: 8 French teachers who graduated in their country of birth and hold a valid French teaching license, and 7 Australian teachers who graduated in an English-speaking country. The teachers work in binome (pairs) from Prep to Grade 6. They plan and teach a program that meets the expectations of both education systems. There is also a class assistant in prep and two additional teachers working with the French Binational Program that support the students in their French education journey.
The students are assessed according to the French National evaluation papers from Grade 1 to 6, as well as the Australian National testing system (NAPLAN) in grade 3 and 5.
Leadership & Administration Team
Directrice du programme français binational
Acting French Director
Directrice Interim du programme français binational
First Aid Officer/
IT Network Manager
Teacher - FBP
Georgia Leonard Shannon
Teacher (FBP) -
Classroom Support (FBP)
Grade 1 and 2 Team
Sabrina Caouette Jacques
Classroom Support (FBP)
Grade 3 and 4 Team
Teacher - Team Leader
Grade 5 and 6 Team
Specialist Teachers Team
LOTE Teacher - Student Voice and Agency
Performing Arts Teacher
Physical Education Teacher
Visual Arts Teacher
French Additional Assistance
Learning Support Teacher
Learning Support Teacher
Wellbeing & Integration Team
School Councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. The School Council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.
The three main responsibilities of the School Council are Finance, Strategic Planning and Policy development and review.
Further to the main School Council Committee, CJC has five sub-committees that help govern specific areas of the school administration (Buildings and Grounds, French Binational Program, Policy and Development, OSHC and Master Plan).
To find out more about the functions of the School Council, please visit:
Our Sub-Committees are open to parents of any child enrolled at CJC, as well as any staff member. It is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the school community, especially if you have some particular expertise and would like to join the committee or a sub-committee, please contact the school office at email@example.com or Stephen Loyer, President of CJC School Council at Loyer.Stephen.S@edumail.vic.gov.au
Our 2020 School Council members are:
·Stephen Loyer, President
Melinda Howard, Vice-President
Chris Chant, School PrincipaL
Caroline Pommier, French Director
Joseph Chang, Treasurer
Karen Hill, EFM President
Cat Wilson, CJC
The convenors of our subcommittees and a brief description of their functions:
Buildings & Grounds – (Convenor – Stephen Loyer) the subcommittee is generally responsible for the upkeep of the school (maintenance, painting, minor building works etc)
French Binational Program – (Convenor - Karen Hill) the subcommittee is responsible for ensuring the ongoing integration of the French Elective in the school.
Policy & Development – (Convenor – Chris Chant) the subcommittee is involved in reviewing, updating and ratifying the documented school policies (i.e. Uniform policy, Child Safety, Camps & Excursions etc.)
OSHC – (Convenor – Megan Barclay) the subcommittee oversees and reviews the OSHC services.
Master Plan – (Convenor – Akshat Tanksale) the subcommittee is charged with the development of the CJC Master plan to ensure our facilities are adequate to cater for the growth of the school for 2020 and beyond. This is potentially a major capital works and investment program into the school buildings and surrounds.
School Council Meeting Dates for 2020:
18th May 2020
15th June 2020
20th July 2020
17th August 2020
14th September 2020
26th October 2020
30th November 2020
Over a century ago, in July 1914, Caulfield Junior College opened its doors for the first time (as Balaclava Road Primary School), just two weeks before the news broke that WW1 had begun. Caulfield was then a flourishing new suburb and the residents had been pushing the project for several years. 400 students were already enrolled when Balaclava Road Primary opened its doors, making it one of the largest primary schools in Melbourne. What a great achievement it was for the local community as previously, the students residing in Caulfield North had to walk several kilometres through bushland or swamps to schools, which were located as far as St Kilda or Malvern.
The original playground consisted mostly of swampland in winter and dry dusty land in the summer. The students had to battle flies, ants and other pests in this harsh environment. Nonetheless, the school proved to be popular and has been thriving throughout the last and current centuries. From its original building, new purpose built classrooms and modern shared areas have been added, and thankfully, the swamps have been replaced by a sporting oval, a basketball court, playgrounds and zoned recreational areas!
Not only did our school go through a series of name changes, from Balaclava Road Primary School to Caulfield North Central School to Caulfield Junior College, it also served as a hospital in 1917 during the First World War when it was hosting Spanish flu victims in quarantine! Of course…the students were relocated elsewhere before the first patients were admitted…
Nowadays, Caulfield Junior College plays a unique and important role in Melbourne’s greater community; it is the home of the French-Australian School of Melbourne, teaching a French binational program, as well as remaining a fantastic local government school offering a Hebrew Immersion Program to suit the need of our diverse community. With over 530 students from 28 nationalities who contribute to the rich international background of the school, we celebrate the citizens of the world by introducing various cultural celebrations throughout the year.
In this fast changing world we live in, we are dedicated to offering Caulfield Junior College students the best multilingual education they can get and equip them with a broad range of cultural knowledge to help them become the leaders of tomorrow.