The following is an outline of the programs offered by the school. A full statement of aims and policies is available at the school.
The school offers a curriculum that covers the Domains of:-
- The Arts
- Health & Physical Education
- Languages Other Than English (LOTE) – Indonesian
- Civics and Citizenship
- Information and Communication Technology
These areas are enriched with a variety of drama activities (including bringing live performances to the school), choir and instrumental groups, class excursions and a camping program.
Student Leadership Team
Each year our grades 4, 5 and 6 students participate with staff for selection of a grade 6 Student Leadership Team. The team is made up of 4 boys and 4 girls and includes a boy and girl school captain. This team participates in activities to fundraise for the school and for a variety of charities. The student leadership team also has a voice to raise matters of concern and serve as a student body who are a representative of all students. The team are also involved in special activities undertaken at, and for, the school.
School Farm Program
The Portland North Primary School is situated on the outskirts of the city of Portland and includes a large student population from rural communities. The inclusion of a school farmlet provides opportunities for students passing through the school from Prep to Grade 6 to participate in a variety of activities and learning based around links to the community and other units of study. The school’s “Paddock To Pantry Program”, is broken into 4 main aspects aligned to students VELS Curriculum Level.
For Level 1 (Prep), “The Poultryman”, focus their learning around care for the henhouse and small animals. Level 2 (Grade 1 & 2), “The Primary Producer”, focus their learning around farm animals and related processes. Level 3 (Grade 3 & 4), “The Market Gardener”, focus their learning around activities relating to the vegetable garden and the orchard. Level 4, “The Horticulturalist”, focus their learning around the Nursery and plant propagation.
A special farmhand team includes 15 students from grade 5 and 6 who nominate and are selected to attend to special activities for the school farm. Each week a different class is also responsible for attending to farm duties. Families also enjoy opportunities to participate in a weekend and holiday roster to look after the farm.
Each year our Grade 5 students are paired up with a Prep child to be their buddy for the year. Buddies meet together regularly for planned activities and also look out for each other in the playground.
The Cockatoo Valley Song Group
This group was formed in 2002 as Portland North Primary School’s choir and currently has 30 singers. The Cockatoo Valley Song Group (CVSG) is used as a means for exploring historical, geographical and cultural ideas through music and performs songs regularly to the school community in over 20 languages.
The “You Can Do It” program is closely allied with the CVSG’s activities. As such the CVSG is open to all grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 students with an interest in being part of a positive singing experience that builds confidence, persistence, organisation, getting along and resilience.
The CVSG have been recorded on several CD’s, tour regularly, conduct educational workshops and have performed in Adelaide, Beachport and Coober Pedy, at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, in Alice Springs and even at Uluru! For information about the CVSG, please visit their website:
The Daily 5 Program.
The program provides a way to structure the reading block so that every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks involving all of the senses (kinaesthetic learning) and works to embed information in both the short and long term memory. These research-based tasks have a big impact on all student’s reading and writing achievement, and help foster children who love to read and write.
Students receive explicit whole group instruction and follow up with practice time to read, write and explore words and sounds independently. Teachers provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups.
From the beginning of 2012 all Prep to Grade 2 students will participate in the Daily Five Program.
The Daily 5 is comprised of:
- Read to Self
- Work on Writing
- Read to Someone
- Listen to Reading
- Word Work
Students with Additional Needs
The school has an extensive program to support students with additional needs. An Integration Manager oversees the program and provides support to students, teachers, support staff and families, including siblings. The Integration Manager is supported by dedicated Education Support staff, many of whom have trained with the Autism Teaching Institute. The program is supported by a range of outside service providers, including a speech therapist, psychologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist and social worker.
The heart of the program is the Foundation Room; an innovative space dedicated to teaching, therapy and social development. The Foundation Room also houses a community Resource Library full of parenting, teaching and therapy resources available for loan.
At the end of each year, grade 5 and 6 students and their parents are invited to attend a graduation ceremony to celebrate and reflect on the events of the year. This provides an opportunity for presentation of grade 6 graduation certificates and speeches from the student leaders. The student leadership team for the following year is announced and presentations made to the students. Special awards are presented in the categories of Citizen, Academic, Sport, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Technology
Each year our Prep to Grade 4 students along with their families are invited to attend an end of year break up and celebration at the school. The ceremony is a celebration of the year and includes singing, dancing and performing. The event is usually coordinated by Mr Adam Hardcastle, (Music Teacher) and involves all students participating in the