Caulfield Primary School is the school of choice for a growing number of families. Recent annual enrolment growth of around 20% reflects an acknowledgement of the wonderful educational community we offer both children and their families. At the same time. we remain small enough to maintain the fabulous sense of community for which we have become well known.
WELCOME FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
The introduction of our new 4 year School Strategic Plan this year heralds an exciting phase in the long history of Caulfield Primary School. Priorities include Bilingualism, Numeracy, Writing, Information and Communication Technology and Mental Health and Wellbeing, and will ensure that our children receive the best possible education. One which prepares them intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically for an ever-changing future.
The development of, and emphasis on, our new School Values provides the foundation for all that we do at Caulfield: Excellence, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Kindness and Diversity. This year, as part of our highly successful Start Up program, each class wrote its own Passion Statement, providing the basis for their year ahead. Our staff also prepared their own Passion Statement. Each child created a personal goal reflecting our School Values and these form the colourful ‘ribbon display’ on the Olive Street fence.
Caulfield Primary School is a school of which I am immensely proud to be Principal. We have an exciting future ahead and I invite you to join one of our school tours to see for yourself what we have to offer.
– Mr Peter Gray
Why choose a bilingual school?
When many of our Grade 6 students leave Caulfield Primary School, their level of Japanese proficiency is equivalent to Year 8 standard or higher, giving them a solid base from which to continue with language studies through to VCE.
Our students also gain invaluable insights into the cultures of our region, becoming more divergent in their thinking and sophisticated in their outlook.
Click the link to read an article developed by the Research Branch of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).
Research shows that the bilingual child:
- benefits from a richer learning and language experience
- is exposed to more complex environments and social interactions, developing verbal and non verbal reasoning skills
- has an advanced ability to reflect upon and think about language
- has deeper insight into the nature of language and enhanced literacy skills
- feels a greater sense of personal achievement and experiences positive social development
- is more flexible, creative and divergent in his or her thinking.
CPS approach to Bilingual Education:
One of only 11 bilingual schools in Victoria, our children learn to become global citizens by doing 11 hours of their learning per week in Japanese.
Research clearly demonstrates that children who learn in two languages develop better cognitive skills which provide lasting lifetime benefits.
With the current focus on the teaching of Asian languages, we are leading the way as the wider community seeks to learn more about the benefits of bilingualism.
“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”
– Japanese Proverb
Our teachers continuously monitor and assess children to develop future learning experiences, maintaining a high level of challenge whilst allowing children to experience success. They understand each student’s abilities, and plan flexible programs with varied approaches to cater for the different needs and learning styles of individual children. A small school means the children have personal relationships with all of our teaching staff and they feel a strong sense of connection and belonging.
At Caulfield Primary teachers recognise that a child’s attitude to school is an important factor in achievement. They work hard to create an environment in which children feel valued, safe and involved.
A RESOURCE SMART SCHOOL
Using resources responsibly and sustainably is important to everyone at Caulfield Primary School.
The student-led Environment and Gardening Clubs meet alternate weeks to participate in a range of activities such as planting vegetables, creating lizard habitat, promoting ‘rubbish free lunches’ or saving energy through ‘beat the (solar) panels’ days, where the whole school tries to use less power than the panels generate.
We are well on the way to attaining our Resource Smart Schools 5 Star Accreditation.
We are also proud of past successes such as winning the Schools Garden Awards and the Glen Eira Leader Community Award.
- We have a number of water tanks and rain harvesting facilities providing water to flush toilets and water gardens.
- In 2014 we converted our vegetable beds into ‘water wise wicking beds’ to optimise water conservation.
- Students have planted hundreds of trees, grasses and shrubs in the grounds on National Tree Days to create a Yellow Box Woodland and other indigenous plantings.
- Rocks and logs have been added as habitat for lizards and other creatures.
- Students make sure they bring a ‘rubbish free lunch’ to school and collect fruit and vegetable scraps to compost and add to the worm farms.
- Eco Bins have been introduced to classrooms.
- The school generates its own solar electricity, selling the excess back into the grid and monitoring usage in real time via a web-based system.
- Monitoring has prompted students and teachers to modify their behaviour to reduce energy usage and ‘beat the panels’ by using less power than generated.
An adventurous outdoor learning environment
In 2009, the School Council commissioned a landscape masterplan to guide the redevelopment of the school grounds into a exciting learning environment for nature-based play. Many stages of the plan have now been implemented, including the replacement of the main playground and planting of an indigenous, purple garden.
The Friendship Garden has now been revitalised with a lizard habitat for the marble gecko and a ‘waltzing matilda’ planting complete with Coolabah tree. In 2014 we planted the Orchard and constructed a Japanese garden, fronting the school in Glenhuntly Rd.
OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE
An exciting program for children from Kinder to Grade 6
Caulfield Primary School Outside Hours Care (OSHC) is operated in partnership with Camp Australia to provide safe, high quality care to students before and after school hours, and on curriculum or pupil-free days. We also offer spaces to children from the nearby Montessori and Japanese Language Schools as available.
Most families are entitled to a rebate on childcare costs (Child Care Benefit) through Centrelink. For more information about the Child Care Rebate, Child Care Benefit and OSHC procedures, please visit Camp Australia @ Caulfield.
Our OSHC is open every school day, before school from 7.00-8.45 am and after school from 3.30-6.00 pm.
The morning program includes a healthy breakfast, while after school, students are provided with a substantial, healthy afternoon tea.
Our OSHC program is designed to be educational and age-appropriate, in accordance with the National Quality Framework guidelines, while still allowing children to relax and enjoy themselves before and after the busy school day.
On pupil-free (or curriculum) days, OSHC is open from 7 am to 6 pm, subject to demand.
Our staff are fully trained and accredited in accordance with the new National Quality Framework. Children enrolled in OSHC are provided with a range of activities and games, including outdoor play, cooking, art, craft, puzzles, board games and books. There is time for homework so children can relax when they get home. In addition, a range of specialist sport programs are offered for several weeks a term. These are included in your regular fee. Previous programs have included calisthenics, yoga, lacrosse, basketball, martial arts and more.
The current evidence and research shows that the quality of homework assigned is likely to be more important than the quantity. Research has established that homework has a positive effect on learning, particularly at the middle school level. Although homework’s effectiveness has been challenged by some educators and parents, it continues to be an important educational supplement used by most teachers to enhance the learning experience of their students. Overall, the effectiveness of homework is enhanced by providing students with choices among homework tasks, which will result in higher motivational and performance outcomes, students’ autonomy, and intrinsic motivation.
Caulfield Primary School is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that promotes learning and encourages curiosity, personal growth and wellbeing for all students. The school strives to develop adaptability and resilience in its students, so they can become valued members of the local and global communities, and be prepared for future life experiences.
As the first school established in the local area, Caulfield Primary School, located in Caulfield South, has a rich and lengthy history. One of only twelve bilingual schools in Victoria, we provide a rich, immersive Japanese education for all our students, both those from the local area, and those who travel in order to be able to attend our school. We reflect both State and Federal Government emphasis on the development of languages other than English, providing genuine opportunities for our children to become Asia Literate. Research shows that becoming bilingual or multilingual from an early age, not only leads to proficiency in a language other than the child’s first language, but also assists literacy development in children’s first language. Our students develop a multilingual mindset, contributing to an enhanced aptitude for global and multicultural citizenship.
Excursions, incursions and camps enhance school programs and offer opportunities for all students to enhance relationships between students within each year level and across different year levels, and between students and staff through further development of personal and interpersonal skills. In addition, excursions and camps provide opportunities for students to develop self-confidence and self-reliance, as well as building teamwork and the concept of community spirit.
The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is the fastest growing area in education and our students need to be competent in ICT usage to participate fully in contemporary society. Caulfield Primary School also recognises that knowledge of responsible use of ICT is essential for members of our society and for our students as future employees.
Play is fundamental for children’s growth, development and learning, and complements the ‘formal’ curriculum in schools. The school playground is a place that provides children with the opportunity to engage in free play, and is therefore an integral part of a stimulating learning environment. Play-based experiences in the playground enhance friendships, relationships and personal awareness. They also provide opportunities to participate in physical activity, master physical and creative play skills, and develop the important skill of risk assessment. Children move about more freely in the school playground, and so are more prone to accident and injury there than in the classroom. Although injuries cannot be totally avoided in school playgrounds, their frequency and severity can be minimised. Personal accident insurance is not provided to school students in Victoria. Parents who wish to insure their child against injury are advised to take out private insurance cover.
Caulfield Primary School welcomes the contribution which volunteers make to the school, and actively invites parents, community members and others to participate in school activities.
Caulfield Primary School will manage its volunteer program in a way which makes best use of volunteer resources, while also protecting the safety and privacy of students, staff and parents.
For the purposes of this policy, volunteers include anyone working at the school or at school activities in an unpaid capacity, including ‘parent helpers’ in classrooms and other programs.
Caulfield Primary School seeks to provide an open and friendly learning environment which values and encourages visitors to the school. Typically these may include parent and community volunteers, invited speakers, sessional instructors, representatives of community business and service groups, prospective parents, service people, official school photographers and commercial sales people.
Concurrently we recognise our duty of care to provide a safe environment for the students, staff and parents of Caulfield Primary, and acknowledge our responsibility to protect and preserve our resources against theft, vandalism and misuse.
For the purpose of this policy, visitors are defined as all people other than staff members, students, and parents/guardians involved in the task of delivering or collecting students at the start or end of the school day.
Caulfield Primary School has a responsibility to manage financial investments in accordance with the guidelines established by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
This policy is designed to ensure our school’s compliance with the Department of Education and Training’s requirements relating to payments to be made by parents. In particular, these may be for essential education items, optional extras or voluntary financial contributions. The policy also deals with the parameters, terms and conditions under which these payments can be requested.