Springvale Rise Primary School is committed to providing a personalised learning program for all students. We recognise that all children are unique and as such, we value individuality.
The school is divided into four Learning Centres. These Learning Centres are the Senior Learning Centre (SLC), the Middle Learning Centre (MLC), the Junior Learning Centre (JLC) and the Foundation Learning Centre (FLC).
Within every learning centre, teachers carefully plan differentiated teaching and learning programs, which make use of a variety of teaching strategies and group arrangements in order to meet the needs of our students. Teachers also utilise a variety of assessment to inform their teaching and monitor the progress of students in all curriculum areas. The Literacy and Numeracy block are prioritised each day and are carefully designed to personalise the learning for all students.
The Foundation Learning Centre or FLC is made up of all of our Foundation students. In the FLC, students learn about the routines of the school environment, begin establishing relationships with their peers and teachers and engage in individualised learning experiences. The students focus on key literacy and numeracy learning, while exploring what it means to be a member of our school community.
The FLC also connects with the MLC via a special ‘buddy program.’ This program creates a safe and welcoming school environment for the FLC students, as they have familiar faces in the school with whom they can play with.
The Junior Learning Centre or the JLC is made up of our Year 1 and Year 2 students. In the JLC students build upon the routines and relationships they have formed in the FLC. They begin to develop the ability to be more independent learners, by setting learning goals and understanding how to select learning experiences which are ‘just right’ for them. The students are supported by their teachers to develop their leadership skills and make smart learning choices.
At the beginning of the year all students engage in a Social Skills program to understand the school values and how we interact and learn together at Springvale Rise Primary School. Our engaging curriculum provides clear instructions to ensure the development of key literacy and numeracy skills, whilst investigating big ideas, valuing individual contribution and striving for personal best. At the end of the year the students celebrate with their annual ‘Camp Party.’ This event is a night where the JLC students are able to come back to school after the school day has ended and engage in a variety of exciting experiences with their peers and teachers. ‘Camp Party’ enables the students to celebrate their learning throughout the year, as well as support their growing independence.
The Middle Learning Centre or the MLC consists of our Year 3 and Year 4 students. In the MLC, students continue to consolidate their ability to be independent learners and continue to set learning goals and work towards achieving these goals. We encourage the students to become independent, responsible and organised both inside and outside the classroom. The students begin to explore what it means to be a leader in their community and how they can demonstrate these qualities.
At the beginning of the school year all MLC students engage in a Social Skills program and explore the schools values. They strive to demonstrate these values throughout their time in the MLC the students end the year by celebrating their learning with a ‘Camp Out.’ This special event further builds upon the students’ growing independence and leadership in the school and supports their readiness for the official camping program in the SLC.
The Senior Learning Centre or the SLC consists of our Year 5 and Year 6 students. In the SLC, students explore what it means to be an effective learner and how they learn as an individual. The students continue to consolidate their understanding of what it means to be an effective leader and begin to take on leadership roles within the school such as School Captains, School Prefects, House Captains, SRC Representatives and school leaders in STEM, Art and Sport.
At the beginning of the school year all SLC students engage in a Social Skills program, which explores the school values. Students then strive to demonstrate these values throughout the year. In the SLC, the students have the opportunity to engage in a bi-annual camping program. The students stay overnight and engage in a variety of learning experiences with their peers, teachers and instructors. They continue to develop their sense of self and independence.
At the end of their final year at Springvale Rise Primary School, our students are involved in aa very special Graduation Evening. Graduation is held on a night during the last two weeks of the school year and is attended by families of the year 6 students from both campuses. It is a wonderful evening to celebrate all the achievemts and learning the students have completed during their time at our school.
Challenging and motivating students to take responsibility for their learning is a major goal of all our learning programs.
We base our current curriculum on the Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards
We see Literacy and Numeracy skill development as fundamental to learning in all other areas. In addition to English and Mathematics, we utilise an Integrated Inquiry approach that allows students to actively investigate the way our world works.
‘Developing healthy and active bodies and brains’
Physical Education is an essential aspect of a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle and helps to build self esteem, confidence, cooperation and fitness. Regular, enjoyable physical activities are provided which allow children to acquire the skills necessary for participation in sport and leisure pursuits. Our experienced PE teachers seize every opportunity for our students to be involved in a huge variety of sporting activities. The major facets are body control and spatial awareness, athletics, ball skills, gymnastics, major and minor games and swimming/water safety.
Students in our Senior School participate in friendly competition with district schools. Children with advanced skills have the opportunity to compete at higher levels.
We offer all our children access to a varied sporting program. Swimming, athletics, football, soccer, cross-country, softball, netball and volleyball are just some of the formal sports that are offered. Sporting activities help build links with parents, the local community and beyond. We encourage children and parents to take advantage of local sporting competitions on the weekends. As with all our programs, we urge children to ‘have a go’. It’s great to win, but participation and sportsmanship are high priorities at Springvale Rise Primary School.
‘Fostering creativity and artistic expression’
Visual Arts is highly valued at Springvale Rise Primary School. We believe learning about Visual Arts is fundamental to the development of the whole child, promoting creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and social interactions. The Arts are a powerful mode of communication through which students explore and construct a sense of self and develop an understanding of the world around them. Visual Arts provide students with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to their experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives. Students are stimulated to think and to articulate their thoughts in new ways, and through a variety of media and technologies.
The impact of our amazing Visual Arts program is clearly evident upon entering our grounds and permeates throughout the school. Students are involved in creative processes that encourage the development and expression of ideas using the arts. Drawing on imagination and innovation, students resolve problems which are inherent in art projects. Students develop an appreciation of artworks and discuss reflections about works of art, including their own to develop understandings of the principles of design and creativity.
‘ Inspiring tomorrow’s problem solvers’
STEM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!
Springvale Rise Primary School has a fully networked computer system. Students regularly utilise the digital tools provided by the school to support the development of essential learning and lifelong digital skills.
All students are able to take advantage safe and engaging technologies if they have signed parental permission. Students from Years 3-6 have access to email and the school has an active policy of copyright and safe cyberspace use. Students who behave inappropriately may need to be removed from the school network
‘Broadening understandings through experiences with other cultures’
At our school, all students have the opportunity to learn more than one language. As a result, our students gain an appreciation and understanding of another language and culture. This enriches personal development and helps facilitate international mindedness.
In consultation with the Springvale Rise community, Vietnamese was introduced as the preferred language, other than English.
The students at Springvale Rise are encouraged to increase their understandings of the Vietnamese language through speaking, listening, singing, writing, reading and using audio-visual resources. All students from Foundation – Year 2 are involved in weekly Vietnamese lessons.
Effective communication, between the home and the school, about each child’s learning journey ensures continued success. To facilitate this process, we offer a range of opportunities to discuss the progress of your child’s learning, identify areas for growth, and celebrate their achievements.
Frequent feedback from teacher to student enables reflection and further refinement of skills and understandings; supporting both student learning and teacher planning. These sessions take place regularly throughout the year.
These conferences occur formally at the start of each school year and then as needed throughout the year. Parents are given the opportunity to share information about their child with the home group teacher. Teacher – parent conferences are also designed for the teacher to provide information about the student’s progress and learning needs, answer parent questions and inform parents about the school’s programs. Please feel free to arrange a teacher-parent conference at any time throughout the year.
The student is responsible for leading these conferences using different learning experiences and work samples. The student identifies strengths and areas for improvement. It is our belief that all our students also love the opportunity to share their learning with their parents, at various times throughout the year.
The Written Report:
Written reports will reflect students’ most recent level of achievement at the time of reporting. Teachers work collaboratively to determine achievement levels. Written reports are distributed in June and December of each year.
Springvale Rise Primary School believes in the education and development of the whole learner. As a result, we have a range of opportunities which will develop our students’ leadership, organisational and personal skills.
Student Leadership Opportunities:
School & House Captains (SLC)
School Prefects (SLC)
School Leaders (SLC)
School Monitors (SLC)
Student Representative Council or SRC (MLC, SLC)
Learning Centre/Home group Leaders (FLC, JLC, MLC, SLC)
Sporting events (eg. interschool sport, gala days)
Performing Arts (eg. choir, concerts)
Special Days & Weeks (eg. Family Fun Day, Literacy/Numeracy Week)
At Springvale Rise Primary School, we believe that the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of our students is pivotal to their success at school, as adolescents, and in their future lives. Physically and emotionally healthy students are happy, able to deal positively with life’s challenges, experience a sense of connectedness with the school and others, and are well placed to develop into well-balanced and successful young adults.
Our school currently employs a full-time Welfare Coordinator and a part-time Welfare Officer who monitor student attendance and wellbeing. Please speak to your child’s home group teacher if you require a meeting.
Program Achieve – ‘You Can Do It’
At Springvale Rise Primary School, our goal is for all students to realise their full potential. We use the ‘You Can Do It’ approach to instill the attitudes and values that are vital for academic achievement, sound interpersonal relationships and healthy psychological development. We actively teach the four Foundations for Achievement which are: Getting Along, Confidence, Persistence and Organisation.