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CLASS GROUPINGS

There are many ways of grouping children throughout the school.  Some classes are cooperative classes in a double teaching space.  In each double teaching space, two teachers plan and work together with a double class.  In other areas of the school there are single classes under the direction of one-teacher or multi-age classes with one teacher and two or more year levels grouped together. In some cases, two teachers will share the teaching of a class on a permanent, part-time basis. Irrespective of what class your child participates in, the educational aims will be the same.

KEY LEARNING AREAS

Students participate in key learning areas, which include English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Technology, Health and Physical Education, The Arts (including Music) and LOTE (Japanese Years 6-7).

LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH

Our school’s Key Learning Area (KLA) LOTE is Japanese.  This language is also available at our local high school (North Rockhampton State High School) so that students may learn this language until year 12.  Our entry point for LOTE is Year 5.  There is a requirement that all state school students in Years 6, 7 & 8 study LOTE.
 
Exemption criteria
Exemptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis and will only be granted in exceptional circumstances:
  • Students who have been identified as below the national minimum standard in literacy and/or numeracy as determined by the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), where it is clear that time would be more effectively allocated to a literacy and/or numeracy intervention program;
  • Students who have been granted an exemption from NAPLAN testing as per the established criteria;
  • Students who, because of cultural background, religion, or political beliefs, seek an exemption;
  • Students for whom English is a second language. This could include recently arrived non-English speaking students and, in some instances, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Where students are granted an exemption, the decision will be regularly reviewed.

SWIMMING

Swimming lessons are an integral part of our Health and Physical Education program.  H.P.E. is one of the Key Learning Areas endorsed by Education Queensland.  Our students receive swimming instruction in Term 4 of their Grade 3 year and continue these lessons in Term 1 and 4 of their Grade 4 year.  Children are levied to cover the bus fare. 

RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION

Religious Instruction teachers visit the school each week to conduct Religious Instruction classes. These classes are conducted ecumenically.  All students, whose parents have given their permission, take part in the lesson.  Parents may view the instructional material.  Religious Instruction classes depend on the availability of volunteers to conduct the classes.  Children who do not participate in Religious Instruction will undertake regular classroom learning activities.