Fun learn­ing pri­mary fo­cus

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Ce­cilia Allen

Learn­ing with heart is the motto for Oak­wood Pri­mary School, which is set to start tak­ing kin­der­garten and pre-pri­mary stu­dents from Fe­bru­ary next year.

The new pri­mary school will be lo­cated on Broad­stone Vista and will ser­vice Man­durah’s north­ern sub­urbs, in­clud­ing Meadow Springs, San Remo and Madora Bay.

An ex­plo­sion in pop­u­la­tion in the north­ern part of Man­durah has made it nec­es­sary to have a new school to re­lieve en­rol­ment pres­sure in the sur­round­ing area.

Prin­ci­pal Will Davis said the de­vel­op­ment of the school had been a com­mu­nity process.

“The com­mu­nity has been in­volved from the out­set, in­clud­ing the se­lec­tion of the prin­ci­pal,” he said.

“They will also be in­volved in the se­lec­tion of teach­ing staff.

“We want our school to be the hub of our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Deputy prin­ci­pal Michelle Nash said all the plan­ning and ev­ery­thing the school looked to achieve would have the chil­dren at the cen­tre of the de­ci­sion.

“We want to have a pos­i­tive cul­ture that fo­cuses on learn­ing and the chil­dren,” she said.

“We’re still work­ing on ex­actly what we want our pro­gram to look like.

“But we do want to have some in­put from our new staff and work to their strengths and ex­per­tise.”

Mr Davis said the school would be com­mit­ted to hav­ing a syn­thetic phon­ics pro­gram, a teach­ing method that helps chil­dren to learn the full pro­nun- cia­tion of words by fo­cus­ing on let­ter sounds.

“Our early learn­ing pro­gram will fo­cus on the de­vel­op­ment of oral lan­guage,” he said. “We want to in­stil a love of learn­ing on our stu­dents and that’s where the learn­ing from heart motto came from.” Mr Davis said lo­cal his­tory and fauna would also be in­cor­po­rated into the school fac­tion names.

Picture: Ce­cilia Allen

Oak­wood Pri­mary School deputy prin­ci­pal Michelle Nash, prin­ci­pal Will Davis and cor­po­rate ser­vices man­ager Monique Ten­nyen­huis are ex­cited the school is ready to start tak­ing kin­der­garten and pre-pri­mary stu­dents.

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