Priorities & Programs

Junior Room

Whole School Priorities

 

Literacy

Literacy is probably the most important aspect of any child’s learning. Without a good understanding of Literacy other areas of learning can also become very difficult. As a whole school we have identified the need to focus on Literacy learning and make it one of our major priorities now and into the future.

 

In 2012 our key emphasis as a whole school is on developing students’ ability in Reading. Over time we plan to implement similar short term focuses on other areas of Literacy until we have developed a well rounded Literacy Program from K-7.

 

Numeracy

Another vital area of learning is Numeracy. While we are always focusing on aspects of Numeracy, we plan to design an implement a similar model across our whole school as we are doing with Literacy, with a major emphasis on Numeracy planned for 2013.

 

Starting with a focus on Number, we will pull apart the curriculum to identify the different areas of Numeracy and focus on improving student achievement in each of these areas over time.

 

Health & Sustainability

In 2012, we have introduced a focus on Healthy Lifestyles and Sustainable Living (addressing one of the Cross-Curricular Priorities of the Australian Curriculum).

 

This priority has seen the introduction of our community garden program, our daily fitness program and has been supported by the Health & Physical Education teaching and learning.

 

We would like to aim to move toward being a semi self-sustainable school. We have currently installed solar panels to provide up to 100% of our schools power consumption, water tanks to provide water for our gardens and toilets, and composting and worm farming facilities to reduce food scraps and garden litter waste.

 

ICT

Since 2011, ICT has been a major priority at Moorine Rock Primary School. Often students in rural communities can miss out on opportunities but quality ICT can bring them that little bit closer to the world around them.

 

We look for every opportunity to integrate ICT into all aspects of students learning and provided them with access to the latest technologies.

 

Programs

 

Morning Fitness

We believe that if students are happy and healthy that they will have greater potential to learn. Our morning fitness program is designed to get the whole school participating in daily physical activity to start each day positively and to assist students to get the blood flowing and make an active start to each and every school day.

 

Morning Fitness is run for the first 15 minutes of every day and provides students with the opportunity to participate in a range of different activities promoting fitness, sporting skills and teamwork.

 

 

Active After School Coaching (AASC)

At Moorine Rock we are proud to be a part of the AASC Program which is an Australian Federal Government Initiative. Usually the program is run after school as the name suggests, but due to our school's circumstances with buses, we have been given the opportunity to run it during the last hour of the school day once per week.

 

The Program provides the school with additional funding for equipment and helps to promote positive healthy lifestyle messages to all the students at Moorine Rock.

 

Community Garden Program

A new initiative in 2012 is our health and sustainability focus promoted through our new community garden program. The program is designed to develop students understanding of healthy food and lifestyles while encouraging them to also think about the impact they can and do have on their environment.

 

As part of the infant stages of the program the students have planned and planted their own vegetable garden to be accessed by the school community to promote healthy eating habits.

 

In the future the program will grow to include focuses on responsible water use, waste management and a healthy kitchen program.

 

Crunch & Sip

Crunch&Sip® is a set break to eat fruit (or salad vegetables) and drink water in the classroom. Students 're-fuel' with fruit or vegetables during the morning or afternoon -assisting physical and mental performance and concentration in the classroom.

 

Each day students bring fruit (or salad vegetables) to school to eat in the classroom at a set time. Each child has a small clear bottle of water in the classroom to drink throughout the day to prevent dehydration.

 

Through Crunch&Sip®, schools demonstrate their commitment to nutrition education in the classroom, by making links with the curriculum and creating a supportive school environment.