Jumpingjacks.jpgAt Illawarra we believe the very best we can do is make our students literate, numerate, thinking individuals who have the personal confidence to contribute to society in a way that is positive and ethical.

Our students achieve highly in academic areas, sports, and the arts. Our Supportive School Environment is based on a shared understanding of the rights and responsibilities of students, parents and teachers. Three questions are the basis of all school rules: Is it Safe? Is it Fair? Does it Show you Care? All are encouraged to use these questions to guide their choices and behaviour.

Literacy and Numeracy learning has particular priority. Illawarra students are also involved in a number of enrichment programs such as The Outdoor Classroom, CELO online learning for gifted students, Mathematics competitions or Science research, Italian language classes, sports and the Jumping Jacks skipping demonstration team. Students can participate in choirs, recorder and guitar groups. The brass program is open to students in Grade 5 and 6. Senior students have many leadership roles including, Daily PE leaders and Student Mediators.

There is a high degree of parent support and community involvement at Illawarra Primary School. Staff encourage and welcome parents and community members to become involved in the learning programs through working in classrooms, the School Association, assisting with sports, excursions, helping in the canteen or school vegetable garden, attending curriculum workshops and becoming literacy buddies.

The success of the Illawarra community rests firmly on a shared understanding that it is our children's wellbeing and their success, which must be at the centre of all we do.



Beachscience.pngCreating a Supportive Environment.

Illawarra has a number of pro-active programs which contribute to the building of a positive culture at the school. The school has a Supportive School Environment policy which makes clear the procedures the staff use for positive behaviour support. This includes discipline procedures for use in the class and on the playground, as well as guidelines for preventing and dealing with bullying, (see school documents). As part of the empowering process, senior students are trained to act as mediators to assist younger students to solve problems which may arise on the playground.

Curriculum

All Tasmanian Government schools have structured the curriculum around The Tasmanian Curriculum Framework. Schools will begin to implement The National Curriculum in 2011.

In primary school your child will be assessed against state standards in:
  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Science
  • Society and History
Illawarra has a strong connection with the CSIRO Scientist in Schools Program. As part of this program scientists work with class teachers to implement a rich and authentic science program. Health and Wellbeing and the Arts are assessed by the child's teacher with a comment based on their judgement of progress being made.


Teachers will monitor ICT skill development across the years with state assessment at Year 6. These subjects are presented through a variety of teaching strategies and inter-disciplinary studies which aim to get students to really think and understand what they are learning. Literacy and Numeracy have particular priority and support is available for students who do not reach appropriate benchmarks.

Teachers plan with colleagues to ensure continuity of programs and moderation of standards.

BookWeekParade.jpgSpecialist Teaching
The quality of the classroom curriculum is enhanced through the support programs of the Physical Education Teacher, Music Teacher, Teacher Librarian, LOTE teacher, Support Teacher and our Teacher Assistants. Grade 3 to 6 students learn Italian as a second language. The program is taught by a specialist language teacher and supported by class teachers.

Educational excursions are incorporated into learning programs. Extensive use is made of the immediate environment and quality cultural performances are included in the overall curriculum.

All classrooms are networked and have up-to-date technology including Netbooks, Laptops and Smart boards. Internet use is monitored through Department security filters. A Cybersafety program is introduced to students in upper primary classes. 

Student Learning Support 
Where special intervention is required, there are school support strategies available to students and parents. The strategies may involve the support of a Speech and Language Therapist, School Psychologist, Support Teacher or the school nurse.

The Flying Start Program, Bridges Program and Reading Recovery provide additional teaching support for the development of Literacy for all Prep to Year 2 children and there is a range of learning support programs for students in Years 3—6.
 
Parent Involvement and School Association  

There is a high degree of parent support and involvement at Illawarra Primary School and this is encouraged at all levels.  Teachers encourage and welcome parents and community members to become involved in the learning programs.
Parent support (at home and at school) for our learning programs is regarded as integral to the successful development of the child. 

The school has an active School Association and all parents are encouraged to become involved.

kindergarten[1].jpgReporting to Parents   

Parents at Illawarra have a number of opportunities to be informed about their child's progress and the class programs throughout the year.
 
· March: Parent Information Session where parents can meet the teacher and find out about class organisation, the key elements of the program and how parents can be involved.

· April: Parents will receive a summary statement about the student’s attitude to learning, work habits and social skills.  At this time parents are invited to make an appointment for an individual Parent-Teacher discussion about the child’s academic progress.

· July/August: Parents will receive a written report and assessment of the student’s progress in English, Maths and other curriculum areas.

· December:  Parents will receive a short summary about the student’s attitude and achievement throughout the year.
 
Throughout the year parents are encouraged to stay in contact with the teacher and if at any stage they are concerned about their child’s progress to make an appointment to talk with the teacher.