Curriculum

Tarwin Valley Primary School’s Curriculum is based on the Victorian Curriculum.

Specialist Programs

Specialists programs are conducted in Visual Art, Science, French and Library. See the Programs page for more information.

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French

In 2018 students in Grades P-3 study French.

Library

We have a comprehensive collection of books housed in key locations around the school and can be borrowed through the school network allowing greater access and use of resources.
We also host and use the Mobile Area Resource Centre (MARC) Van to teach research, library skills, reading strategies and literature appreciation. The MARC services small schools in the surrounding area including Welshpool DPS, Fish Creek DPS, Toora PS and Tarwin Lower PS.

Environmental Science

Our Environmental Science program helps our students to be aware of current environmental issues such as waste management, biodiversity and sustainability.  Students undertake a wide range of practical experiments, projects and host different student led events to bring awareness to different issues.

Core Curriculum

The school has detailed English, Maths and Integrated Studies programs for each year level. Information and Communication Technologies ( ICT) and Inquiry skills are integrated across the curriculum.

                                                 Cultural Opportunities

We belong to the Corner Inlet Country Education Program and attend a number of invaluable cultural shows during the year. This exposes the students to various forms of the Arts such as music, song, dance, drama, poetry, prose and illustration.

Students are encouraged to enter various competitions that allow them to excel in areas of interest and skill.

Sporting Opportunities

The importance of sports and games in school encompasses more than just the benefit of physical activity. Increases in self-esteem and mental alertness make school sports and games necessary for every school age child. It teaches the children life skills like teamwork, leadership and patience. We participate in Inter – school Sport including swimming, athletics, Grade 5/6 Winter Sport Program.

 

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Excursions & Incursions

School excursions and incursions are an important and effective means of motivating students and engaging them in active learning experiences. They also provide an opportunity to connect with the real-world, which helps students make the connections between what they are learning and why.

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As part of the educational program, excursions may be arranged by class teachers in line with their curriculum.  Parents will be notified in writing about the excursion.  Written permission and authority to take emergency action in the case of illness or accident is required from parents. It is the parent’s responsibility to contact the Principal or class teacher if they do not want their child to attend an activity. Where an excursion requires student payment, students will only attend if the cost has been paid in advance.

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KidsMatter

Our school realises and is proactively supporting students’ mental health and well-being .  Tarwin Valley Primary School values and supports students in developing skills and qualities such asresilience, persistence, confidence, belonging, connectedness, initiative and optimism. These qualities help our students to achieve and develop as a whole person and productive member of society.

We have  chosen KidsMatter as framework to audit practices and  beliefs, determine  needs and provide opportunities to develop a strong positive culture that supports students in being mentally healthy and cope with life challenges.

The school-home relationship is a vital element and we look forward to working with families, students and staff to support everyone in our school community.

eSmart

eSmart aims to develop safe, smart and responsible use of technologies. Our school is working through the accreditation stage to become an eSmart school.   We are currently finalising the implementation stage ensuring that policies, programs and procedures are in place to provide a safe and secure environment at school and online.

Our school is well resourced with technology devices and opportunties , and we are endeavouring to provide the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be effective and evolving users of technology.