• To assist all students to achieve to the best of their ability.
  • To ensure that ALL students have access to, and actively participate in all educational opportunities and support structures available to them.
  • To identify students with learning needs, interests and talents, and to meet their needs, within reason, through appropriate support/programs.
  • To provide continuity of services and consistency of approach for our students.

Each class is exposed to 8 learning areas as prescribed by DECS (Department of Education and Childrens Services) in the SACSA (South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability) Framework. There is a focus across all year levels to ensure children are constructing and developing understandings, dispositions and skills that contribute to the

Essential Learning's:
"Who I want to be and how I want the world to be for me and others"
"Who I am"
"Where and how I fit with others"
"How I understand the World"
"How I express myself and interact with others"

These understandings are constructed in an integrated way from their relationships and contextual experiences.

A number of support, extension and enrichment programs exist to support teachers and students in normal classrooms. These have been formed, within the limits of resources available, to endeavour to meet the diverse needs of the student population.

These programs cater for individual children, small groups of children, classes, whole year levels or sub schools.

Staff identify participating students through their specific needs, strengths or special interests.

The following is a summary of the programs and support currently being offered at Burnside Primary School:

Special Learning Support
Students identified with severe learning and / or physical disabilities receive support from an SSO (School Services Officer) on a 1-1 basis. The amount of time received depends on the nature and severity of the problem.

English as a Second Language
Students who have English as a second language are given extra assistance in small groups, concentrating on reading, writing and speaking in English.

Learning Assistance Program (L.A.P.)
Support is provided by volunteer community members who work with individual students or small groups to enhance self esteem, social skills and academic skills.

Learning Support (Primary)
Students identified by teachers and the Basic Skills Test (Years 3 and 5) receive additional support in areas of need, particularly literacy and numeracy.

Early Intervention (Junior Primary)
Students, identified by teachers, work in small groups to develop vital skills, mainly in the literacy area.

Gross Motor Skills (Fun and Games)
Students with identified difficulties with gross motor skills join the program, which runs for 3 mornings a week. Reception students are screened for physical co-ordination skills when they start school.

Fine Motor Skills
Students with identified difficulties with fine motor skills work in small groups on tasks specifically designed to develop tracing, cutting and writing skills.

Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups support students who have interests in specific areas. The main purpose of Special Interest Groups is to extend and challenge students. Groups change from year to year, depending on student interests and staff. Examples of possible groups include: Science, I.T., Music, Drama, P.E.

Physical Education
In addition to normal classroom lessons students are exposed to various other sports through coaching clinics and specialist instructors. These may include; Dancesport, volleyball, tennis, baseball, Bike Education, hockey and gymnastics. Swimming is offered at the school pool for students from R - 4. Years 5 - 6 students attend swimming lessons at an off-campus pool and Year 7 students are offered an Aquatics program. Lunchtime Sports are offered to students in Years 5, 6 & 7, competing in house teams. Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in school sporting teams. Lunchtime activities offered from R – 4 are at various times during the year.

a) S.A.P.S.A.S.A. Competition - the school enters teams into knock-out sporting competitions on a regular basis. Sports include: football, netball, basketball, tennis etc. Students also have the opportunity to try out for district and state representation in athletics, swimming and many team games.

b) School Sport Teams - with assistance from parents many teams are formed each year for summer and winter out of school hours sports. Students with a high interest and / or skills are able to choose from a variety of sports including netball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, football and cricket. Other activities such as cross country and athletics are conducted as appropriate.

c) Community Sports - Links are made with local sporting groups eg: Magill Little Atheletics - Burnside Hockey - Burnside Netball.

Leadership Development
Development of school student leaders as role models of good behaviour. Opportunities are provided for student voice in school decision making processes.

Student Representative Council Students from R-7 are elected for a two term tenure. Students receive training in leadership, citizenship, team building, meeting procedures and speaking. SRC are also involved in organising events within the school.

House Leaders Leadership training; organisational skills focussing on team building and effort. House leaders are involved in assisting in the organisation and management of some lunchtime activities.

Information Technology
The School's computing system is networked so computers are an accessible tool and used in students' day to day learning.

The Arts Support & Extension Program

All Year 7 students are provided with an opportunity to develop their choral skills so as to perform with distinction at the South Australian Primary Schools Music Festival. Junior choir is also conducted for Years 1 and 2 students.

Instrumental Music
Individual and small group tuition is provided by both Departmental Instrumental Teachers and private tutors in a number of musical instruments.

DECS Instrumental Tuition

Private Providers

School Band
Brings highly skilled musicians together to function as a team, and provides opportunities for team building and performing as artists at various functions. Extension for more capable students.

Musical Production
Each year the Musical Production plays an important role in providing an audience for students' learning in the areas of Music and Drama. The focus is on skill building, teamwork and understanding how different aspects of The Arts come together for a quality performance.

Whole school Assemblies are held fortnightly and these are organised by classes. Students have an opportunity to perform or showcase class work.
R - 2 assemblies are held in alternate weeks where classes present items, special awards are given and birthdays celebrated.

Environment Action
Burnside Primary has an emphasis on environmental issues. Some of the whole school activities include recycling, Clean up Australia Day, Smog Busters, and World Environment Day. The Primary Years Sub-School are also involved in a number of environmental programs including monthly water monitoring snapshots of Second Creek. This information is forwarded to KESAB. Working with Burnside Council in revegetating a local area. Environmental displays for community groups.

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