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Thorpdale Primary School Programs

We offer a range of programs at Thorpdale Primary School designed to support and enrich our students’ core education.

 

School Concert

The school production occurs biennially and involves the whole school. In the alternate years, the students, in their classes, present a concert that includes a range of different items.

 

 

School Camps

In the early years of school, students participate in an annual activity night at the school. Prep students stay until after tea, while students in Grades 1 and 2 have a sleepover.

Students in Grades 3-6 participate in a yearly camping program with students from Boolarra and Narracan schools. The camping program usually runs for three days and alternates between the following options to give students a varied camping experience:

 

 

School Excursions

These are arranged at reasonable intervals during the year to enable children to have first-hand contact with a variety of experiences. 

Parents can be expected to be notified in writing well in advance of any proposed excursion, and should understand that no child can be taken on an excursion unless written permission and authority to take emergency action in case of illness or accident is received.

You can download the emergency permission form here.

Good behaviour is a pre-requisite condition for attendance at school excursions.

 

Student Leadership

Students at Thorpdale Primary School have the opportunity to become leaders in a range of contexts.

Sporting House Captains are elected each year along with Junior School Council representatives who meet regularly to discuss school improvement issues and initiate student-led fundraising.

Students in Grade Six attend a leadership day at the beginning of the year to assist them to develop their leadership skills. A buddy program also operates between the senior and Prep students to ensure that the Prep students undergo a smooth transition to Primary School.

 

Sport Programs

House Teams

At Thorpdale Primary we have three House Teams: Pontiac (red), Sequoia (green) and Kennebec (yellow) whose names are taken from varieties of potatoes.

Each year the teams compete in the House Sports event for the James Alfred Jennings Athletic Shield. Each fortnight the house that has earned the most points in the classroom is presented with a trophy that bears their team’s colours.

Swimming

Our swimming classes are held during Term 1 at Thorpdale Swimming Pool.  All grades attend these classes and parental help is greatly appreciated, particularly with the younger students. 

We aim for 10 sessions, dependent on weather conditions, which culminate in our annual swimming sports event.

 

 

Yinnar and District School Sports Events

All students are included in the Yinnar and District School Sports Association which organises both formal and informal sports activities during the school year. Children must wear their full school uniform on sports days.

Annual Sports Events

The following events occur annually:

Transition

During the year, teachers from our school meet with the neighboring kindergarten and secondary schools to discuss students and their needs.

Students in Grade Six attend a Secondary Awareness Day midway through the year followed by the Statewide Orientation Day in December.

Kindergarten students visit the school on several occasions in Term 4 to get to know their teacher and experience what Prep will be like.

Buddy System

A “Buddy” system has been operating for several years to assist Prep students to make a successful transition to Primary School. At the end of their Year 5, students are selected and paired up with the new Preps for the coming year.

The Buddies support the Preps in school activities and help when necessary in the playground. These programs are designed to increase the confidence of children as they prepare to embark on the next stage of their education.

  

Life Education

Each year the school is visited by the Life Education Van which provides drug and health education to all students. From these sessions, and subsequent follow up activities in the classroom, it is hoped that students receive a foundation on which they can make informed choices for a safe and healthy life.

 

Religious Education

Religious Education is offered to all students in non-denominational lessons.  As in previous years, work sheets prepared by the Council for Christian Education will be used in these classes.  The cost of this program is a component of the school fees.