Parent involvement is encouraged. Parents provide support in learning programs across the school, undertaking activities including listening to reading, small group reading in the early years, hands-on support for various practical activities in the Early Years as well as accompanying classes on excursions and camps. Parents can be involved in school decision-making through serving on Governing Council or as part of our very active Parent Network group. All parents in these roles need to participate in a volunteers induction workshop as well as obtain a screening clearance through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion. Further information is available from the front office.
The curriculum describes a learning entitlement for all students and includes the core knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities students should learn as they progress through school. At Goolwa Primary School the class teacher covers most of the curriculum areas with specialist teachers taking other areas including Science, Visual Arts, Health & PE and Indonesian. Further information regarding learning programs is distributed via regular class newsletters.
A strong foundation in literacy is provided through consistent practices in the early years such as using the Jolly Phonics program and prioritising phonological awareness. All teachers focus on using explicit strategies for reading comprehension and giving students the opportunity to develop skills in writing for particular purposes. Reading Intervention is provided at Year 1 & 2 through the MiniLit program (Meeting Initial Needs in Literacy) and at Year 3 through Multi-lit. All students receive a minimum of 300 minutes of instruction in English according to DECD requirements.
The school has a belief in teaching mathematics for understanding and in supporting students to become confident in numeracy. A numeracy coordinator has worked with class teachers to ensure that programs are consistent across year levels and developmental in nature. There is a strong emphasis on using a range of problem solving strategies. Prof Di Seimen has also worked with staff across the local partnership on 'Developing the Big Ideas in Number' which will continue in 2017. All students receive at least 300 minutes of instruction in mathematics in accordance with DECD requirements.
Students are actively involved in a range of forums across Reception – Year 7. This extends from regular class meetings through to our Student Council that meet fortnightly. Students are involved in decision making in grounds and facilities, dress code, fundraising including supporting charities and special events. Our student reps also run our fortnightly assembly which is held every 2nd Friday in the gym.
Students have the opportunity to work with a number of specialist staff covering Indonesian (R-7), Science (R-4), Visual Arts (Yr 1-7) & either PE or Performing Arts (R-7).
The school values guide all our actions and students are expected to demonstrate behaviours that align with these values. We support students through safe, orderly and productive classroom environments and a range of engaging options for break times. Management of unhelpful or unacceptable behaviour choices in either the classroom or the yard accords with clear processes and restorative principles. A student friendly Anti-Bullying Policy supports positive relationships.
Intervention and Support
A quality classroom program provides the number one intervention for all students. The school monitors student progress, achievement, attendance and behaviour using a wide range of data. Some students participate in interventions, particularly in literacy and numeracy and social / emotional development in small groups or individually. The school works in collaboration with other professionals and families in supporting identified students with disabilities through the Negotiated Education Planning process.
Student development is encouraged through a number of opportunities. These include:
- SAPSASA Sport - swimming, cross-country, athletics, and various knockout sports
- Festival of Music Choir
All students are expected to wear correct school uniform and appropriate footwear. This creates a positive image for the school and a sense of pride and belonging for students. School colours are black or teal blue for tops and black bottoms (shorts, skirts and pants). Shoes should be either neutral or as plain as possible. Hats are expected for all outside activities during terms 1 & 4. Clothing is able to be purchased through the front office.
Before and after school care is available and managed through Camp Australia, bookings can be made by phoning 1300 105 343.
The vast majority of students either walk to school or our dropped off by family and friends. Students who live in either Currency Creek or Hindmarsh Island areas may be eligible to catch the DECD bus that services Victor Harbor High School.