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Primary Campus

Always Learning Always Will Be

Back in the day if you asked a student why they went to school they would say to learn and if you asked a teacher what they do all day at school they would say teach. The conversation would stop there.

Oh, how things have changed !

The Portfolio Conference Evening and Expo at the Primary campus on Tuesday 20 September proved just that.

We believe that all our students are capable and competent learners and given the right environments and opportunity they will flourish.  One of the ways we seek to develop students’ perception about themselves as learners is through student driven learning conversations. Each student was supported by their teacher to explain to their parents exactly what and how they had been learning this semester.  From our newest learners, the Lasallian STARS to our Year 6 veterans, students chose what to showcase and highlight and they found the words to explain exactly what they had been doing.

The teachers also went the extra mile on Tuesday and in Founders Hall each year level team and specialist learning area exhibited a range of activities and inquiries that are part of the rich tapestry that is our primary curriculum.

The expo looked and felt fantastic – it was buzzing with proud students and impressed parents – many a parent made a point of stopping me to say things like

“ tell the staff , this is a lot, this is amazing, they are amazing, we appreciate their hard work, the creativity and thought that is on show here is amazing, it is so good to be back part of the school community.”

The expo and the PCE event illustrated that our R-6 curriculum is underpinned by the use of technology, sustainable ideas, inquiry and all the things that matter!

 It was a great event and the best part of it was the way we all worked as a team.  Every single member of staff contributed to an event that celebrated learning in all its shapes and forms.

I am grateful to be part of this great team, from the front office staff, maintenance, IT and the Inclusive Ed team to name a few.

Thank you to all the families that braved the elements to work in partnership with us and their child to help them be the best they can be.

The old saying it takes a village surely runs true at 78 East Avenue.

Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching & Learning


Mentoring Program

During Weeks 8 and 9 of Term 3 the Primary Reception and Year 1 students were visited by the Year 8 and 9 Leaders from our Secondary Campus. This is part of our cross campus mentoring program that commenced in 2021, with the introduction of girls to the Primary School. The program allows for authentic leadership opportunities amongst student leaders and provides the primary students with mentors who role model our school values.

The Year 1 students had a focus on ‘being brave and trying new things’. Each group shared a special story about a time where they were brave and then collaborated to create bravery badges. The students were inspired by the Year 9’s and have already shown the attributes of these wonderful leaders.

The Reception students had a focus on ‘relationships and getting to know our big buddies’. They were very proud to show the leaders around our campus and share their favourite spaces. The students participated in some fun games to get to know their buddies and then created an artwork together. They cannot wait for their next visit.

Miss Madeline Cole, Early Primary Coordinator & Reception Teacher

Meeting Patty Mills

Recently, Ngarrindjeri and Narungga students Mason (Year 2) and Carter (Year 1) got to spend some quality time with Patty at the Rebel Sport Event in Rundle Mall.  Patty is a role model for all Australians and in particular for First Nations children.  Patty spoke about his Foundation, NBA career and reinforced values of gratitude, hard work and giving back to community.  Barkindji student Lachie Jones (Year 5) was also fortunate to spend time with the legend at Adelaide Airport.  All three boys are proud First Nations peoples and aspiring athletes. What an experience!

NAIDOC week Brickworks competition

View the Smoking Ceremony via this link.  https://youtu.be/iROyXXUZTKE