Help­ing cre­ate pos­i­tive fu­tures

Mercury (Hobart) - - BACK TO SCHOOL -

SOUTH Arm Pri­mary pro­vides an in­ti­mate school ex­pe­ri­ence in a car­ing com­mu­nity set­ting.

Set in a peace­ful, semi-ru­ral lo­cale, the school pro­vides a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment in which stu­dents cre­ate pos­i­tive fu­tures for life­long learn­ing.

En­gag­ing STEM ac­tiv­i­ties, in­quiry-based learn­ing and a strong record of aca­demic achieve­ment are bal­anced by Mu­sic, a Stephanie Alexan­der Kitchen Gar­den pro­gram, and a strong em­pha­sis on val­ues.

Talk to South Arm stu­dents and they will tell you one of the best things is that “ev­ery­one knows ev­ery­one”.

They talk about how calm and peace­ful the school is, how friendly and wel­com­ing, and how much they ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that ev­ery­one plays with ev­ery­one.

An­other high­light they men­tion is the nat­u­ral set­ting of the school, the trees and kitchen gar­den. In­deed, many stu­dents at the school have a pas­sion for the en­vi­ron­ment.

They form the Green Team, which or­gan­ises “nude food” days, runs a whole-school com­post­ing sys­tem and was in­stru­men­tal in the school win­ning the statewide Sus­tain­able Schools award in 2017.

Stu­dents also talk about the breadth of op­por­tu­nity avail­able, in­clud­ing sport­ing car­ni­vals and many stu­dent-led ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mu­sic is a par­tic­u­lar strength of the school, with two rock bands in ad­di­tion to the weekly mu­sic les­sons adding to the school’s strong per­form­ing cul­ture.

The school also has a fo­cus on Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Maths (STEM).

Stu­dents have en­gaged a va­ri­ety of chal­lenges to cre­ate and re­fine work­ing pro­to­types, for ex­am­ple, to pro­vide emer­gency en­ergy or cre­ate a so­lar oven.

It is no won­der that par­ents have de­scribed South Arm as a beau­ti­ful and in­clu­sive school that gives ev­ery stu­dent an en­riched and pos­i­tive start to their learn­ing.

They find the teach­ers very ap­proach­able and have no­ticed that the school is al­ways look­ing for ways to im­prove.

As one stu­dent said: “I could not rec­om­mend this school more highly.”

The Early Years pro­grams at South Arm draw par­tic­u­lar praise.

Jenny Gard­ner runs highly en­gag­ing Launch­ing into Learn­ing ses­sions ev­ery Fri­day.

Judy Ker­risk runs a nur­tur­ing Kinder­garten pro­gram. Op­er­at­ing in a beau­ti­ful, pur­pose-built class­room, Judy has de­scribed her class as “a lit­tle slice of heaven”.

The Early Years are closely in­te­grated into the school, and lay the foun­da­tions for de­vel­op­ing pos­i­tive and re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships with fam­i­lies and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

As one stu­dent said: “Ev­ery­one has a great fu­ture here be­cause we have so many things to look for­ward to.”

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