School Programs

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

 

At Warranwood Primary School we believe learning and teaching occurs most effectively when strong, positive relationships exist between students and teachers. Accordingly we have established beginning of the year routines which promote and build relationships both within and beyond the classroom.

 

The first few weeks of the year focus on establishing relationships with and between students and teachers, ensuring our classrooms are supportive and well managed. Students participate in ‘getting to know you' activities and discuss how they want to be treated. Often words like respected, considered, fairly treated etc are listed. These words are then explored or ‘unpacked’, providing detailed examples of what these types of behaviours entail and clearly demonstrating to students how to model them.

 

Our school values opportunities for students across all year levels to interact and develop positive relationships. Prep and Year 5 students develop a strong buddy relationship with planned activities during the year. Whole school science and literacy days are held each year and involve students from Prep to 6 grouped together and working cooperatively on experiments and literature or art activities.

 

At Warranwood, each double room is well resourced with computers which are used by all students during literacy blocks, maths sessions and for research and communication. The curriculum is based on Integrated Studies units which are relevant to today’s issues, are interesting to the students and support their learning. These topics provide the content for the Literacy work we undertake, giving meaning and purpose to classroom activities. Mathematics tasks may fit well within these units such as working with fractions when cooking or collecting data and recording in graphs information such as daily minimum and maximum temperatures. We also teach the skills and processes involved in using Information and Communication Technology effectively.

 

Personal and interpersonal skills are a priority and are developed through cooperative group work, involving students in reflecting on their learning and articulating their thinking.

 

Students visit specialist teachers for Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Japanese and PE and are taken for library sessions in the library by class teachers. While the needs of all students are well catered for in classrooms, Warranwood also offers additional support and extension programs. We employ a nurse to manage our Health Centre each day, a Student Welfare Officer who runs a range of wellbeing programs as well as providing counselling services and we have support staff who visit our school including Speech Pathologist, Educational Guidance Officer and Occupational Therapist.

 

PREP/FOUNDATION
Organisation

We have 3 Prep classes in 2017. The students are usually taught in a team teaching environment; each class is housed in a large modern double classroom consisting of a small computer lab, separate bag room and wet area.

 

Philosophy
We believe that Prep is one of the most important years of a child’s schooling as we set the foundations on which the rest of your child’s education is built on. If a child leaves Prep:

  • feeling confident about themselves as learners
  • comfortable as important members of the school community
  • able to establish sound positive relationships with their peers
  • able to work independently and cooperatively in small groups or as a class
  • able to adjust to school routines
  • and comfortable in the school environment

... then we believe that they are well on the road to becoming successful learners.


Our aim is to ensure all Preps achieve these goals by providing a well-rounded program catering for the total child: 

  • physically
  • socially
  • emotionally
  • and educationally

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL

Organisation

In 2017 the Junior School classes consist of 5 multi-age Year 1/2 classes.

Teachers plan together to
• provide a differentiated program which meet the needs of all students.
• focus on students being actively engaged in activities they enjoy and learn from.
• build knowledge and skills.

At Warranwood, each double room is well resourced with computers and iPads that are used by all students during Literacy blocks, maths sessions and for research and communication.

Students visit specialist teachers for Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Japanese and Physical Education. Library sessions are taken in our large and well-resourced library by class teachers.

 

Student Wellbeing

During the first few weeks of the year we focus on establishing relationships with and between students and teachers. Students participate in ‘getting to know you’ activities and the setting of ‘class norms’. Discussions and activities are undertaken on how to treat each other to make their classroom a safe, friendly, supportive and productive environment. Words such as respect, understanding, support, sharing, honesty, fairness and trust are explored or ‘unpacked’, with detailed examples of what these types of behaviours entail and clearly modelled to students. These norms are used as a basis of classroom expectations throughout the year.

 

Principal’s Awards

These are presented to students at Monday morning assembly in front of the whole school community and recognise effort and achievement by each student throughout the year.

 

Citizenship  Awards

Two students from each year level are presented with Citizenship Awards each term in recognition of personal qualities and achievements, based on the school's values program (RUIn).

 

Swimming Program

Students participate in an intensive swimming program for five days at Croydon Leisure Centre during first term each year.

 

Excursions

Excursions and incursions are great fun and they are invaluable in demonstrating to the students how their programs in the classroom are relevant to everyday life. The experiences they take away from these days reinforces knowledge and opens their minds to many previously unknown aspects of the topics being studied.

 

Camping Program

Students are introduced to the school camping program by participating in a ‘Late Night Experience’. Students stay at school at 3.30pm and have afternoon tea before participating in novelty sports activities and guest visitors. In previous years these have been activities such as a dance troupe teaching some smooth moves and an Aboriginal story teller to complement our unit being undertaken at that particular time. Students then have pizza for dinner before being collected by their parents at 7.00pm.

 

Junior School Council

At Warranwood Primary School students are encourage to undertake leadership roles from an early age. At the beginning of the year each class votes for their Junior School Student Representative Council member. These students attend meetings and discuss issues which relate to all students and whole school social service commitments, helping to raise money both for the school and charity. They report back to the class after each meeting and help supervise the organisation of activities to support the Junior School SRC programs within the classroom if needed.

 

Greenology Representatives

Another opportunity for leadership responsibility is our class Greenology Representatives. Again each class elects two students who attend regular meetings. These students discuss and decide on how best we can sustain and look after our school and environment. Daily and special events are organised encouraging to students to be environmentally conscientious.


Badges are issued to the students in these two leadership groups which they wear with pride throughout the year.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Organisation
The middle school in 2017 consists of 4 year 3/4 classes. The teachers work closely together as a team to plan an enriching program that challenges each individual student to reach their full potential.

 

Most classes are in a double classroom and teachers teach in pairs to maximise the learning experiences for all children. Each double classroom is well resourced with computers that are accessed by all students throughout the working day.
Students visit specialist teachers for visual arts, performing arts, Japanese and physical education. Library sessions are taken by class teachers in our large and well resourced library.

In these years the curriculum focuses on developing the fundamental knowledge, skills and behaviours in literacy and numeracy and other areas including physical and social capacities which underpin all future learning.
Key characteristics of students at this level includes

• broadening their knowledge and interest in a range of disciplinary domains
• developing an awareness of common values
• embodying resilient attitudes to learning and social behaviour
• transforming ideas into objects and systems
• applying independent thinking strategies
• discriminating between the quality of information when forming opinions.

 

Students learn best when:
1. The learning environment is supportive and productive.
2. The learning environment promotes independence, interdependence and self-motivation.
3. Students’ needs, backgrounds, perspectives and interests are reflected in the learning program.
4. Students are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application.
5. Assessment practices are an integral part of teaching and learning
6. Learning connects strongly with communities and practice beyond the classroom.

The first few weeks of the year focus on establishing relationships with and between students and teachers, ensuring our classrooms are supportive and well managed. Students participate in ‘getting to know you activities’ and discuss how they want to be treated. Often words like considered, fairly treated etc are listed. These words are then explored or ‘unpacked’, with detailed examples of what these types of behaviours entail and clearly modelled to students.

 

Middle School Programs:

• Camping Program: in 2017 the Middle School classes will attend Camp Jungai - a 3 day camp with a focus on indigenous education in the Rubicon Valley. In 2018 we will be attending an adventure camp at Bacchus Marsh.
• Swimming program: all students learn swimming over an intensive five day program
• Excursions occur each term related to the unit of work.
• Rotations: the middle school utilises the skills and expertise of individual teachers to teach a range of activities such as : sport, social skills, drama, art/ craft,
• Our HAWK program provides enriched educational opportunities for a range of highly achieving children.
• Environmental Program : Tree planting, recycling, maintaining Warranwood Primary School wetlands.
• Student Representative Council
• Every student is part of our annual theatrical production, which can be a stage based production or a movie created at school, then presented at a local cinema.
• Instrumental Music sessions with a range of instruments.
• Choir
• Taiko Drumming Group
• External enrichment programs offered eg. Gateways, Tournament of Mind
  

SENIOR SCHOOL

Our Senior School consists of 5 Year 5/6 classes. Teachers work closely together to plan a stimulating and exciting AusVELS based curriculum. We run a differentiated learning approach catering for individual needs. Our modern building allows for interactive team teaching offering rich learning experiences for our students. Our iPad program is integral to our teaching giving the students opportunity to develop global citizenship skills for the future.

 

Curriculum:

Many of our units of work centre on a Problem Based Learning approach. This is where students learn about a subject through the experience of creating a problem and then finding ways to resolve it. During this research the teacher acts as a facilitator for the students learning: by supporting, guiding, and monitoring the learning process through conferencing and assessment. Some of our units of study based on AusVELS include leadership, wellbeing, science, Australia as a democratic nation, history and the environment.

 

Leadership:

Every Year 6 student has the opportunity to apply for a range of leadership positions in our school. Currently we have 4 School Captains and 16 House Captains. Our Year 5 students can also apply for school wide positions such as Peer Mediation (Welfare) team, Greenology (Sustainability) team and the Student Representative Council (represent the school with student lead fundraising events) team. Each year we provide our School and House Captains with the opportunity to attend a ‘Young Leaders Day’ in the city where they listen to popular and well-known respected adult and youth leaders. Our leaders conduct a series of community visits with the local Kurburoo Kindergarten where students plan, prepare and run activities with the pre-school buddies. These buddies visit the leaders at Warranwood later in the year.

 

Senior School Camp:

Our Senior School camp is based on a two-year cycle. One of our experiences is in Canberra where we kick-start our unit of study on Government and what it means for Australia to be a democracy. On alternative years students attend Camp Rumbug, which is near Foster in Gippsland. Students take part in outdoor adventure activities such as canoeing, archery, flying fox, ropes course, giant swing and night hike. The camps are a wonderful opportunity for relationship building and new friendships to be made.

  

Personal Development:

Cyber Safety is a key feature of our student’s personal development. We have explicit teaching sessions based on:

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Media
  • What is cyber bullying and what someone can do if they are seeing it occurring.
  • What is a digital footprint?
  • Online netiquette.
  • Digital citizenship

Teachers also lead iPad online safety discussions consistently throughout the year with our students on how to develop ongoing cyber safe practices.

 

Senior School run a series of drug education and sexuality education sessions for our students by giving them up to date education department approved information on key topics of sexuality, health, social skills, relationships and positive body image.

 

VISUAL ARTS
The school has a spacious fully equipped art room for the students to produce wonderfully creative pieces. Students are timetabled for Art sessions fortnightly on a rotating roster with Performing Arts. During Art sessions children are introduced to various forms of design techniques and are encouraged and guided to produce their own works of art.
Some of the topics students are introduced to are: cartooning, ceramics, drawing, jeweler, mask making, mosaic, pastil, painting, puppet making, sculpting, textiles and the list goes on.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

Performing Arts is comprised of music, dance and drama. Students spend lesson time on each of these disciplines. All children have a chance to participate in a concert performance each year. Junior School and Preps perform at school and the Middle and Senior School students stage a production at a local theatre. 


LANGUAGES - JAPANESE

Learning Japanese at Warranwood offers students the opportunity to develop skills, confidence and the enjoyment of speaking, reading, writing and listening to Japanese by exploring cultural aspects of Japan and its people. Students are provided with learning experiences that are child centered and in the target language as much as possible. Learning Japanese offers students the opportunity to:

  • broaden their awareness of the international community
  • understand how language works as a system
  • gain direct insight into another culture and how this influences the language
  • improve their general knowledge
  • take advantage of the range of post-school options where Japanese can be used

Some highlights of our Languages program at Warranwood include:

  • 60 minute Japanese lessons from Prep – Year 6 with a specialist teacher
  • Japanese Assistant Teacher
  • ‘Warrior Daiko’ - a taiko (Japanese drum) group
  • Video Conferencing sessions with Japan
  • OzJapan email friends club
  • Origami Club
  • Japanese vocabulary related to the Integrated Topic studied in the classroom
  • Access to Interactive Whiteboard
  • Japanese Day biennially
  • International Japan Tour, visiting our sister school Lily Vale Primary School. 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT PROGRAMS 
All classes from Prep to Year 6 have a weekly 50 minute PE session with a specialist teacher. To supplement this program classroom teachers timetable further PE sessions within their weekly programs. All sessions are based around the development of the Fundamental Motor Skills (FMS) of catching, throwing, kicking, dodging, leaping and jumping, striking, running and ball bounce. These skills are introduced and developed in a sequential order throughout the year levels. The program culminates with Level 4 students taking part in Interschool Sport. Sport and other major games conducted within the school allow students to display their Fine Motor Skills, they promote good sporting behaviour and students can develop game strategies.

 

It is important for all students to develop Fine Motor Skills so, as young adults they will be skilled to take part in a huge array of sporting and leisure activities.

 

While we place emphasis upon all children taking part and having an equal chance to improve we do encourage and support more able students by giving them the opportunity to take part in individual sporting trials conducted by the Victorian Primary Schools Sporting Association (VPSSA).

A House system operates within the school. Students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 all take part in annual Swimming Sports, a Cross-Country event and Athletic Sports. Each carnival has a house focus with every child, regardless of their ability, earning points towards their house. The carnivals are based around the VPSSA models. Students then have the chance to represent the school at District, Zone, Regional and State level.

 

INTERSCHOOL SPORT
Warranwood Primary School participates in the Ringwood District Sports Association inter-school competition. Students are encouraged to learn skills of major games and co-operate in a team, in Summer and Winter. Sports include netball, football, soccer, cricket, basketball, softball, bat-tennis and volleyball. Successful teams in their division have the opportunity to extend themselves in the wider metropolitan finals that determine the State Champions.
Swimming and camping programs are run at various levels throughout the school. Many other health related topics, including drug education, sex education, leadership, cross-age tutoring, peer mediation, bike education, diet and healthy lifestyle are conducted within classroom programs.


OTHER PROGRAMS

 

WELLBEING

We believe that to make Warranwood Primary School a better place in which to work and play is the responsibility of teachers, parents, children and the general school community. We all want it to be a place where people can feel secure and be successful.


A Welfare Committee was formed with the purpose of providing a happy, safe, supportive environment, which meets the needs of individual children throughout their primary school experience. It works towards forming a partnership between children, teachers and parents based on mutual respect. It clearly defines commonly agreed rules which protect our rights and remind us of our responsibilities.


Our commitment to the emotional wellbeing of our students includes the employment of a Student Welfare Officer. The SWO provides individual counselling and support for students and conducts preventative programs based on resilince, self-esteem and more. 

 

The school implements a variety of structures and programs to promote student wellbeing such as:
A Whole School Approach to Welfare
Ongoing Professional Development for teachers
Ongoing commitment to School Policy
Development of Whole School approach to behaviour management both inside and outside the classroom.
Classroom Support Programs through outside agencies
Parenting Programs organised through outside agencies
Monitoring of external facilities and playground equipment
Sunsmart Policy and Program
Social Skills Program at each level of the school
Recognition of Excellence e.g. Citizen of the Month, Principal Awards, Personal Achievement Awards, Canteen Awards.
Peer Mediation
Buddy System operating between Years 5/6 and Preps
Cross Age Tutoring – Year 4 with Year 2 and Year 3 with Year 1
Student Representative Council (Junior Prep -2) (Senior 3-6)
Leadership Program for Senior School (Years 5/6)
House Captains running activities outside at lunchtime

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Warranwood offers music lessons during school hours in the following instruments. Lessons run for between 20 - 30 minutes and can be individual or group sessions depending on the instrument.
PIANO - Katrina Halliday  

GUITAR/ BASS GUITAR/DRUMS AND MORE! Junior Rockers provide tuition for many students in a variety of instruments. 

 

Obtain an enrolment form at the school office or go to Junior Rockers website.

 

WACKY WEDNESDAY MARKET

Each year Warranwood conducts a student run market to raise money for a target project. Senior School students organise stalls such as goal kicking, nail painting, sponge tossing and donut eating. Other areas of the school hold stalls such as second hand toys, lollies, books and show bags.The market gives the students the opportunity to plan, organise, price and run their particular stall. The day is full of colour, fun and enterprise providing valuable funds for the school and wonderful learning experiences for the students.