Clarendon Primary School

Welcome to Clarendon Primary School

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Our Past...

Clarendon Primary School acknowledges that we teach and learn together on the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide area. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.

Education in Clarendon commenced shortly after 1850 and schooling was conducted on a number of sites in and around the town until the erection of the present school building in 1885. In those days transport was by foot or horse and it took 3 days to travel to Adelaide. Some of the main occupations of the town were wood carter, ironmonger, "gentleman", miner and blacksmith.

While the original stone building and headmaster's house have stood the test of time very well, their interiors have altered from time to time according to the need. The school has always catered for 50-150 students. Although early records show a roll number of up to 150 students, infectious diseases, severe weather conditions and frequent absences for work or home duties, meant that only up to 100 students at a time were ever present.

Gardening and agriculture in general has been a strong point in teaching since the early days, with the school winning many prizes from apple picking competitions in the 1930’s to massive onion crop harvests (up to 982 lbs) in 1957.

Both School Council and Parent Clubs have also been very active in working together for the good of the school and the community at large, often braving the elements at fundraising efforts, including snow in 1951! Some things do change and these committees have been instrumental in introducing fluorescent lighting (1971), TV receiver (1969 in time to see man land on the moon), telephone (1972) and computers (1980’s). Some innovations have been around longer than we think: school photos exist from 1900, learn to swim 1950’s and annual school concerts and lunch days 1956.

Our Present...

In the early decades of the twenty first century, Clarendon Primary is a thriving community school catering for 3 classes of students, from among nearly 50 families from within and outside the local district. Clarendon prides itself as a small school with a great community and visitors to the school consistently comment on the stunning location and welcoming, friendly feel of the school.

Children at our school have the opportunity to participate and engage in a broad range of subjects and curriculum areas from the Australian and South Australian Curriculum. Composite classes are a feature of Clarendon and the pedagogy engaged by teachers helps to maximise the impact of positive peer relationships and building strong connections across the school and community. Clarendon Primary is characterised by committed, experienced, dedicated and professional staff, loyal and supportive families and children who are active, engaged, caring and active learners.

Clarendon Primary School is a community school that has long valued the roles that environmental education, active, ethical and healthy lifestyles, natural play, engaging curriculum and positive connections play in educating children for the twenty first century.

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Our Future...

Our shared vision for Clarendon Primary School into the future is one of high quality educational outcomes being achieved in a friendly, positive, caring and compassionate community school. Our vision for Clarendon is one that features a strong, well lead local school that collaborates closely with other schools, community groups and service providers in our region.

Our future sees the next generation of learners emerge from Clarendon Primary with key skills for the 21st century – including the skills to collaborate, critique and question, imagine, create, problem solve and explore. Our learners will enter the world beyond Primary School with their curiosity, courage and creativity intact.

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