Overview

The learning programs at City Beach Primary School reflect the belief that children learn in different ways in an ever-changing world. Teaching staff work vigorously to ensure students are provided with a wide range of opportunities designed to promote both academic and personal growth.

Each student is known and treated as an individual. Teachers, parents and students work together to achieve shared goals.

The school is proud of the strong Mathematics and English programs offered to all students, recognising the importance of numeracy and literacy.

The school has a specialist Music teacher. Children in Years 3 to 6 form the choir.

Children in Years 6 are able to learn the guitar. This is taught through the Instrumental Music program.

Our school offers a specialist Visual Arts programme.

The school has a fully automated library, which is well-resourced.

The new computer laboratory of 30 laptops is networked, with an additional two computers in each classroom. There is internet and email access in all classrooms.

The school has an environmental focus, with all classes taking responsibility for specific areas.

In Terms 2 and 3 the school offers a specialist Physical Education program. In addition, students participate in interschool sport (Years 4-6), House/Interschool swimming (Years 4-6) and athletics carnivals (Years 1-6).

Children also participate in Dance (Term 1) and Drama (Term 4) lessons with specialist teachers.

Public Speaking has been a focus in Year 6, with the students taking part in interschool debating competitions. The Year 6 students also produce and present the City Beach Radio program.

All children in Years 3-6 participate in Languages Other Than English (LOTE), with two half-hour Japanese lessons per week.

All students are tested in Year 4 and those identified are invited to participate in PEAC (Primary Extension and Challenge) courses run for students in Years 5-6 by District PEAC centres.

Students in Pre Primary to Year 6 participate in in-term swimming lessons.

Students at Education Risk

Data collected throughout the year enables the staff to identify students at risk. That is, those students whose achievement level, rate of progress or behaviour differs noticeably from past performances and/or that of their peers. It also applies to those children who are under-performing, who are not achieving their potential.

A school profile has been established in conjunction with a whole school overview which is used to monitor children’s progress throughout primary school. Parent/teacher interviews are held to inform parents of the process and strategies being set in place to assist the child.

The Reporting System

A formal report will be issued in June and December. The first report is discussed with parents at an interview.

Excursions

Excursions play an important part in the learning programmes of all classes. Excursion expenses will be charged to parents each term. Written permission is required for all excursions, as is medical information. Failure to return the excursion slip will prevent the child from participating. This procedure is strictly adhered to.

Children are expected to wear school uniform on excursions unless informed otherwise. Parents are requested to complete a medical information sheet for excursions.

Homework

School homework is a valuable aspect of the learning process and contributes to the development of sound study habits. All children should have homework each night, Monday to Thursday, but not on weekends. Senior students will have a maximum of 40 minutes work with 20 minutes for Junior students. Reading for pleasure should be a scheduled part of the homework programme.

Please discuss the matter of homework with your child’s teacher whenever necessary. Occasionally students will not be able to complete homework. A note of explanation would be appreciated.