Classes are housed in a common building, which enables the flexibility to combine classes and activities where it is beneficial to do so. There is an art/wet area that is regularly used by the junior primary classes and “get together,” where classes combine to share learning experiences and celebrate successes, is an important part of the week in the junior primary block. Our junior primary team has a strong focus on establishing routines, high expectations and nurturing learning in the early years. Working as a team provides staff the opportunity to have flexibility within the structure of their learning groups allowing student needs to be best catered for. A strong focus, including the use of the Jolly Phonics program, running record levels and support for individual students, enables the foundations for continued learning throughout schooling.
Transition from Kindergarten to Primary School
Links between the local kindergarten and our school are essential in ensuring that a smooth transition occurs. We maintain close and beneficial relationships with the Balharry Memorial Kindergarten staff and have a comprehensive transition program in place to ensure that students are afforded the best transition from kindergarten to primary school.
Reception to Year 6 assemblies are held in the hall, twice a term. These are used to recognise student achievement and showcase learning activities that occur in the classroom. Parents are welcome to attend. Specific days and times are advertised in the school newsletter.
Health and PE program
Health and PE are a valued part of the primary curriculum and development of skills in these areas is an important part of both programs. Students learn of the importance of healthy eating and an active lifestyle and have the opportunity to participate in activities at Sports Day, Tennis Hot Shots and swimming lessons. Other opportunities include visiting football and cricket coaching clinics, footsteps and Jump Rope for Heart.
At Lucindale Area School we have an open door policy, where parents are always welcome to observe learning activities in the classroom. Listening to reading and helping out at special events are also ways to become involved with the school, and are encouraged. However, in order to be involved in these ways, it is recommended that parents either have a current police check, or undergo a police check and be approved by the Department for Community and Social Inclusion, in accordance with DECD policy. It is also recommended they complete RAN training, which the school provides each term.