The curriculum at Caulfield reflects our commitment to ensuring that the fundamentals of Literacy and Numeracy are central to our programs. In line with DET expectation, students undertake ten hours per week of Literacy and five hours of Numeracy. Children also undertake up to four hours per week of Japanese Literacy, following the same teaching methodology we use in our English Literacy sessions.
All aspects of our curriculum reflect the Australian National Curriculum (AusVELS).
Our commitment to a Japanese bilingual education, is further enhanced by the key elements of Numeracy being taught in Japanese. Visual and Performing Arts are also delivered in Japanese and, again, are based on AusVELS. Physical Education is also delivered as a Specialist program ensuring our children are engaged in stimulating and engaging learning, with experienced teachers.
Embedded in these content areas are the development of general capabilities, including use of current communication technology (personal computers, laptops, interactive whiteboards, iPads and multi-modal technologies), multi-cultural understanding and respect, responsibility, team-work, self-management, thinking skills and social and relationship training.
The programs are delivered through a combination of activity-based, multi-sensory learning, clear, explicit programs and expectations, student-centred monitoring and tracking of achievement and a commitment to develop students as personal learners.
We help children become confident, achieving
students who convey a caring, thoughtful, and
inclusive attitude towards each other.
Our commitment is to develop self-motivated learners who have knowledge and confidence about their personal characteristics and capabilities and respect the difference in others.
Student centred learning is becoming increasingly important as new technologies allow for personalised instruction and monitoring of achievement. Our systems enable students, families and teachers to share information – an extended and visible form of communication that informs and enables this partnership to work for students.
Students, however, also need to have an intrinsic motivation for continued learning and achievement as they become increasingly independent. Our students become personal learners with skills in self-monitoring, goal setting, and time and resource management. They are able to focus on a task, manage their emotions and maintain positive attitudes towards learning. Students are also aware of the school’s expectations for conduct and behaviour.
Each student reflects the values of respect and responsibility in the way they work in the classroom, play in the yard, and present themselves and behave in the wider community.
Our School Values of Excellence, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Kindness and Diversity are central to all we do. As a Kids Matter School, mental health and well-being is a priority.
Caulfield Primary students become confident, achieving students who convey a caring, thoughtful and inclusive attitude toward each other. We celebrate their achievements by handing out acknowledgement awards which highlight student relationships, sportsmanship, cooperation and work ethic at weekly assemblies.
Caulfield Primary School tracks student achievement according to the DET Victoria and National standards. We strive for a quality of learning that satisfies these standards for all children, and exceeds these standards for those whose individual achievement is accelerated.
Acceleration into the next level of learning is achieved by ongoing monitoring and assessment and is incorporated into the child’s individual program within the class. We keep in contact through weekly e-newsletters, classroom diaries, emails and individual interviews as needed.
We keep in contact through weekly newsletters, classroom diaries, emails and individual interviews.
There is also a comprehensive set of ongoing assessment measures that are completed online to monitor improvement and continue to challenge the learning capabilities of students. This assessment for learning is a major tool in continued individual improvement and a way to determine if special assistance is needed. Parents will be informed if an additional Individual Learning Plan is required and they will be partners in achieving successful outcomes.
Parents receive student reports in June and December and the NAPLAN reports for Years 3 & 5 around August.
CAULFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL EXCEEDS DET VICTORIA
AND NATIONAL STANDARDS IN SUPPORTING STUDENT
ACCELERATION INTO NEXT LEVEL LEARNING, AND
PROVIDING INDIVIDUALISED LEARNING PROGRAMS.
Benefits of parental involvement.
Research demonstrates that a child’s educational outcomes are enhanced when parents become actively involved in school life.
In the early years, parents listen to students read, or help children with activities. Parents are also encouraged to attend excursions, assist with sports gala days and other events. Every Monday afternoon, parents are invited to attend the whole school assembly, where class groups and individual music students often perform.
We understand that not everyone can be available during school hours and there are plenty of opportunities to become involved at other times. For example, during the whole school musical production, parents assist with set construction, costumes and makeup.
Special events such as our science evenings and art shows are a great opportunity for students’ families to come together to share what is being learnt in the classroom.
A rewarding way to get involved.
Our Parents’ and Friends Club (P&FC) is an open, friendly, inclusive group for any parent, guardian, friend or relative who wants to take part in their child’s kindergarten and school life. P&FC is a rewarding way to be involved with activities within our kindergarten and school community.
The school and kindergarten are given tremendous support by our parent groups, each of which plays an essential role. We would encourage all parents to belong to and enthusiastically support the many activities organised as much as they are able. Our school is small, but the parents and friends are a committed group who pitch in and endeavour to support the staff of the school in their efforts to create a vibrant community and place for learning.
Our biennial fetes, regular cake stalls and other fundraising activities provide much needed funds to enhance the experiences of our children. Funds raised by Parents & Friends have been used for the replacement of playground equipment, purchasing of electronic whiteboards and other classroom equipment, new books for the library, sports uniforms for inter-school competition and fitting out the hall and kitchen.
Grants and sponsorship
Parents assist the Principal in identifying and preparing grant applications. Recent successes include Federal Government grants to purchase water saving tanks to toilets, and installing solar electricity and smarter, more energy efficient lighting in classrooms. We have also secured grants from Coles and Bunnings to install vegetable gardens. Further grants have enabled students to participate in Japanese Drumming Workshops and to subsidise student trips to Japan.
There are many ways you can help, to fit in with your work and family commitments:
- Parents and Friends Club
- School Council and subcommittees
- Friends of the Library Group
- Sushi lunch order coordination
- Volunteer Reading Program
- Fete Committee (biennial)
- Grant applications
- Cake stalls and much more…