Teaching and Learning at Clarendon
Australian Curriculum and South Australian Curriculum
The school was one of the first in South Australia to establish the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. Now all classes have gardening and cooking lessons each week, with activities integrated in all other aspects of the curriculum.
Literacy and Numeracy Program:
At Clarendon Primary School, we take a holistic approach to children’s learning, using evidenced based, research driven practice. At Clarendon we embrace contemporary and traditional approaches that place the child at the centre of the learning process, supported by their families and teachers. Our work focuses on achieving developmental, intellectual, dispositional / behavioural and academic goals for children. We monitor progress using a range of methods, including running records, progressive achievement tests in reading comprehension and mathematics, NAPLAN and others.
Intervention Programs used at Clarendon include MultiLit, QuickSmart and Reading Doctor.
At Clarendon Primary School we work to establish conditions for learning that most suit a child’s developmental stage, ability and learning disposition in a way that enables them to make progress towards achieving personalised learning goals.
Individual Learning Plans
Each child at Clarendon Plan has an Individual Learning Plan that is developed in conjunction with the teacher, student and parents. The ILPs are developed and reviewed during three-way discussions held formally during Terms one and three. Student Achievement Data and a range of other indicators are used to identify strengths and areas for growth in each individual learning journey. These indicators are monitored for progress throughout the year.
Clarendon Primary regularly participates in sporting activities throughout the year. Some of these include: Swimming, Netball, T-20 Blast Cricket, Cross-Country, Soccer, Hockey, Football, Athletics, Tag Rugby and Rugby League. Children in years 6 and 7 are generally given priority in selection for sports teams, however children in year 4 and 5 may be invited to participate where appropriate. Teams are entered into various SAPSASA competitions and have produced some excellent results over the years.
Guitar and piano - This is taught privately at school after school hours.
DECD Instrumental music tuition is available at times and information about availability can be provided upon request.
Students are encouraged to participate in the School Choir (usually from years 5, 6 & 7). Each year the choir performs in the South Australian Festival of Choirs. The choir is highly rated and has won the Strathalbyn Eistedfodd on three occasions.
At the beginning of each year in term one, elections are held in each class for Student Representative Council reps. Students are required to nominate and outline their platforms for election. Following the election of class reps, the SRC is involved in community and school service activities, fundraising for the school and charities and organising events such as special lunch days and discos.
Students and parents may use these facilities for class, group or individual research.
Borrowing - may happen before school, after school, recess time, lunchtime or in lesson time any day. Younger children may need help to use the Bookmark program. Materials may be borrowed for two weeks with the option of extending this time if needed.
Returning - books may be placed in the Return chute marked "Clarendon Book Return" inside the Resource Centre door. Otherwise, books can be scanned on the computer and returned to the shelves.
Reference books - are to be mainly used in the Resource Centre or can be borrowed overnight.
Book Bags (library bags) - are a good idea, especially for the younger children.
Scholastic Book Club - Books can be bought for your children through this club. This happens twice a term and the school benefits from all purchases made.
Please encourage your children to become happy, responsible users of these resources. Enjoy and share their books with them.
Children are encouraged to compete in the Premier’s Reading Challenge each year to win certificates and medals. Last year we achieved 100% completion and hope to do the same again this year!
Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technologies are integrated across the curriculum and used in ways to enhance student learning. Students may at different times use laptops, desktops, ipads, tablets, video cameras and still cameras to access curriculum content. We believe that ICTs should be used to create, process, innovate, present and share ideas, learning and thinking. All use of ICTs at Clarendon must be done in accordance with our user agreements and policies. See Policies and Information section.
40 Hour Famine
The 40 Hour Famine is one of Australia's biggest youth fundraising events. It's a chance to do something real: give up food or something else that really matters to you for 40* hours and raise funds for kids living in poverty overseas.
*If you are in primary school you must not skip food for more than 8 hours or you can go without something else that is important to you for 40 hours. (E.g. computer, T.V or other technology, your bed, favourite toy) It's a great way for young Australians to experience what life's like for children who have to go without – every single day.
World Vision Australia started the 40 Hour Famine in 1975 to raise money to help children, families and communities in desperate need. Today, World Vision continues to provide both short-term and longterm support to tackle the causes of poverty. You can find more information on the 40 Hour Famine website.
A school concert is held each year in Term 4.
Classes for Years R to 4 are held usually in Term 1 for one week at the Noarlunga Swimming Centre.
The senior class participate in an Aquatics program every 2 years. Students participate in Kayaking, Wind Surfing, Sailing, Surfing, boating, canoeing and Snorkelling lessons spread over three days.
Twilight Sports Day
This fun afternoon of sporting activities and competition is usually held during daylight savings time and is followed by a twilight family meal and mini carnival. Students compete in three house teams Thorpe, Freeman and O’Neil.
Child Protection Curriculum
All teachers at Clarendon Primary School are trained in the delivery of the child protection curriculum. It is expected that each year, the CPC is delivered according to national and state guidelines.
Grandparents' (Elders') Day
One day a year is designated for students' grandparents and other visitors of that generation to share in learning activities at the school. This may be linked with other events such as Book Week or Science Week.
This event, held in even years, is a week long focus on a particular theme in science. All students take part and a number of guest speakers visit the school to lecture, demonstrate and involve the students in their field of study or interest. The week includes a day of activities based on the theme which is set up in all learning areas. Parents are invited to this day.
Students are encouraged and supported to enter the Australian Writing, Spelling, Science, English, Maths and Computing competitions which are organised by the University of New South Wales each year. We also participate in the Westpac Maths competition.
In 2014, one of our Year 4 Students won the SA/NT ICAS medal for the highest score in the English Test in SA/NT.
During odd numbered years we celebrate book week with activities focused on reading and the library. In past years this has involved bookmaking, storytelling, parades, performances and a variety of events involving students, parents and the community. Book Week is usually celebrated during Term 3.
Pedal Prix / Bike Education
Over many years, when student numbers and parent participation have permitted, Clarendon Primary School has been involved with the 6 and 24 hour pedal prix races. In recent times children have had the opportunity to compete with Happy Valley Primary School in a combined team. We have also recently introduced more bike education sessions for students, including Mountain Biking and Trail Riding excursions for older children and road safety activities for younger children.
Barefoot Club is a coordination program we run for all reception students throughout the year at Clarendon. Children engage in a range of activities to help them develop fine and gross motor coordination, balance, spatial and physical awareness activities that are challenging, engaging and lots of fun.
Reader’s Theatre is a fun filled, drama/literacy-based activity for children from reception to year 7. Children work together with a staff member to rehearse and present a short performance for the school at assembly. The group is focussed on developing reading and oral literacy skills and is lots of fun!
Young Leaders / Safety Ambassadors
Clarendon Primary School runs a program from emerging Young Leaders (around year 4/5) who work as safety ambassadors for the school. The children selected for this program engage in workshops, presentations and promotions to enhance safety for students at the school. The YLSA’s also work within the community to support local initiatives that promote health and safety.
Camps / Excursions / Incursions
Clarendon Primary School deeply values the learning that children undertake when outside of the school and when we have visits to the school. Camps, excursions and incursions are an expression of this value and something that we have children involved in each year. Previously, we have been on adventure caving camps to Naracoorte, Aquatics camps at Port Vincent, camps to Narnu Farm, the Zoo, Arbury Park and other destinations.
Students with Disabilities
Students with physical or intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties are supported in a range of ways in accordance with the national disability standards in education. At Clarendon Primary School we believe that working closely to support families and children is the best way towards creating the most ideal learning conditions for children with disabilities. Children may be supported through a range of services and interventions according to their unique learning needs.
During outdoor playtimes, children at Clarendon Primary School are encouraged to play freely outside in the yard. Clarendon has many varied structured and unstructured play spaces around the yard and children are able to play in natural environments among the trees. Cubby building is a popular playtime pursuit. Sports and other play equipment is also available for students to access at playtimes.