Naracoorte South Primary has several specialist teachers who teach a range of subjects to students from reception to year seven. Currently students attend physical education lessons in our purpose built gymnasium, take drama lessons in our performing arts suite, engage in HASS lessons and learn Indonesian. All students have Specialist IT lessons in our computer suite.
Students can choose from a range of extra-curricular and school based activities which cater to a wide range of skills and interests. Students can be part of the choir, learn a woodwind or brass instrument or join the drama club. Year fours have the opportunity to learn the recorder each year. At break times, there are several clubs students can join, including gardening and coding club, and after school sports include netball, football and cricket.
Our well-being team, including a student counsellor and the Pastoral Care Worker, work out of the Wellbeing Centre to support students and families. The centre includes a meeting space and room for visiting specialists to meet with students, teachers and families. Students can receive one on one support as required or may be part of intervention programs such as What’s the Buzz to develop social and emotional skills.
Our Special Projects committee has designed and created a range of natural play spaces to complement our existing recreational spaces. Children were integral to the design process, with all children invited to submit a design, the winning entries on which the spaces have been modelled.
The junior primary space, complete with running creek, sandpit and nature structures was completed in 2016.
The upper primary area has been completed with a fire pit, seating and a Nature Play SA playground.
Adjacent to the Naracoorte South Primary School lies 5 hectares of native vegetation which is owned by the Department for Education and forms part of the school grounds. The nature park is a valuable biological and educational resource which is utilised by the school. Currently in terms 2 and 3 the park is open twice a week for play time and classes use the area for cook outs and learning about their native environment.
Bounce & Bop
Bounce & Bop is run by Jess Edwards.
It is held weekly on Thursday 10.00 – 10.30am for toddlers aged 3 months to 4 years.
It is aimed to encourage children to learn through play and music using the interactive whiteboard.
What is “Bounce & Bop”?
Bounce & Bop is a half hour session of rhymes, songs, movement and stories in a fun filled, friendly environment followed by a play and a chat. You will attend with your child and participate in the activities to reassure them and encourage their involvement. The activities aim to encourage early Literacy and Numeracy skills through Music and Movement. Stories and other literature will be used as a stimulus for songs and movement. Jess Edwards looks forward to meeting you and your child/ren.
Who can attend the sessions?
Your child/ren can be between 3mths and 4 years of age. You attend with your child.
Where will the sessions be held?
The sessions will be held weekly in the hall at Naracoorte South Primary School. This facility has tea/coffee making facilities, a microwave and toilets nearby.
When will the sessions be?
Sessions will be held weekly from 10.00am -10.30am on Thursdays. A play and chat session will follow from 10.30 for those who wish to stay.
Will there be a cost involved?
Sessions will be by gold coin donation. Please come along and enjoy quality time with your child in a stimulating, friendly environment.
Pastoral Care Worker (PCW)
Our Pastoral Care Worker is John Stayte.
He works at the school on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
The PCW’s role is to support the school in its aim to be a safe and supportive learning environment by involving students in a wide range of activities such as camps, woodworking craft, excursions and lunch time groups. John is part of the wellbeing team and works alongside the student counsellor to support student and their families around a range of wellbeing issues. He also links families to community resources and services by providing information about support and services provided through community groups, including church groups.
The PCW’s office is in the Wellbeing Centre and he can be contacted by phoning the school office.
NSPS is a Be You School. Be You is a framework for supporting children’s mental health by building strong school, family and community connections to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors.
A Be You action group, comprising of teachers, the school counsellor, a parent representative and the Principal and Deputy, is responsible for whole-school trainings, promoting mental health awareness and events planning to meet the needs of children and families on a daily basis.
Walker Learning Approach
Naracoorte South Primary consistently implements the Walker Learning approach in the junior primary years and is currently growing the approach across the middle and upper years.
Walker Learning is an holistic teaching and learning pedagogy that is developmentally and culturally appropriate for children in their early childhood and primary years of education. Walker Learning emphasises the relationships between teacher and child and family. It aims to develop both skills for life and skills for curriculum in children.
Students from reception to year 2 engage in Investigations four mornings a week, which are active, hands-on experiences which provide the springboard for formal learning and explicit teaching for the rest of the day. Each day Investigations include three focus children and two teacher directed roles of photographer and reporter.
In the middle and upper years, all classes use a student devised and utilised communication board, hold class meetings and have students engaging in clinic groups which are explicit teaching opportunities that meet the learning needs of small groups of students.
For more information on the Walker Learning approach, please visit the Early Life Foundation website.
The Canteen, named The Hunger Barn is run by a Manager and volunteers. It operates under the Healthy Eating Guidelines.
- Canteen is open at lunch and recess times Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Lunches may be purchased from the school’s canteen. Orders can be placed on line using the Flexischools app or written on lunch bags/pouches with the money enclosed. (Lunch bags are available for a nominal price from the office.)
- Price lists are available from the office, on the website (below) or on Facebook.
- The canteen is run by a supervisor with the help of volunteers.