Helping create positive futures
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.”