All aspects of our teaching programs reflect the Victorian Curriculum.
In line with Department of Education expectation, students undertake twelve hours per week of Literacy (including 4 hours in Japanese) and five hours of Numeracy. Our commitment to a Japanese bilingual education is further enhanced by teaching Visual and Performing Arts in Japanese. Physical Education is also delivered as a specialist program.
Embedded in these content areas are the development of general capabilities, including use of current technology (notebook computers, interactive whiteboards, tablets and multi-modal technologies). We also focus on promoting an understanding of and respect for diversity, 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 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 also need to have intrinsic motivation for continued learning and achievement as they become increasingly independent. Our students become 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.
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.
All students put these values into practice in the way they work in the classroom, play in the yard, and present themselves and behave in the wider community.
Like all schools, our students come to us with a range of skills, abilities and knowledge. The individual learning needs of students are at the centre of our teaching. Ongoing assessment of student learning helps identify the next stage of each child’s development. Caulfield Primary students become confident, achieving students who convey a caring, thoughtful and inclusive attitude toward each other.
Caulfield Primary School tracks student achievement according to the Victorian 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 a school-wide communications app which provides weekly newsletters and updates, information evenings, student-led conferences and classroom diaries for older students.
Ongoing assessment measures are completed to monitor improvement and challenge the learning capabilities of students. This assessment of learning is a key tool in continued individual improvement as well as highlighting areas requiring assistance. 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 Victorian
and National Standards in supporting student
acceleration into next level learning, and in
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.
Parents might volunteer to listen to students read, or help with excursions and sports events. Parents are also invited to attend the weekly whole school assembly. In addition, each year level holds an area assembly where awards are made and class groups and individual students might perform.
We understand that not everyone can be available during school hours and there are plenty of opportunities to become involved at other times, such as cake stalls, working bees or preparing for the biennial school play. Special events such as our Art Shows, Welcome Picnics and End of Year Concert are a great opportunity for families to come together to share their children’s experiences.
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.
The school and kindergarten are given tremendous support by our parent groups, each of which plays an essential role. We encourage all parents to belong to and enthusiastically support the many activities organised as much as they are able. P&FC is a committed group who pitch in and support the staff 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. Money raised has been used for playground equipment, a sports shed, art room refurbishment, synthetic turf for the Friendship Garden, purchasing computers, new books for the library and sports uniforms for inter-school competition.
Grants and sponsorship
Parents assist the Principal in identifying and preparing grant applications. Successes include Federal Government grants to install water saving tanks to toilets, solar electricity and smarter, more energy efficient lighting in classrooms. Further grants have funded vegetable gardens, artists in residence and Japanese Drumming Workshops.
There are many ways you can help, to fit in with your work and family commitments:
- Parents and Friends Club
- School Council and subcommittees
- Sushi lunch order coordination
- Volunteer Reading Program
- Fete Committee
- Grant applications
- Working Bees
- Cake stalls and much more…
We have had a wonderful start to 2018 and look forward to a year full of learning and growing.
Term 1 finishes on Thursday 29 March and recommences on Monday 16 April.