Welcome to Old Noarlunga Primary School, nestled on the banks of the picturesque Onkaparinga River, in the beautiful, historic township of Old Noarlunga.
We are located 30 kilometres from Adelaide and the township is in close proximity to the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region, to some of South Australia’s best beaches and is adjacent to metropolitan facilities, services and infrastructure.
The school celebrated 150 years of public education in 2009 and along with the township shares a proud history and heritage. The sounds of the original school bell, signify the rich history of our school and is a much loved school icon that is still in use today.
As the Principal, I work together with our staff team and our families to immerse our students in a positive, dynamic and innovative teaching and learning environment in order to achieve the school vision for students to be ‘Independent, lifelong learners and productive, well-informed citizens.” We work together to maximise opportunities for our students to be powerful learners and develop:
- resilience (be ready, willing and able to lock on to learning)
- resourcefulness (be ready, willing and able to learn in different ways)
- reflectiveness (be ready, willing and able to become more strategic about learning)
- reciprocity (be ready, willing and able to learn independently and in collaboration with others)
Our staff embed High Impact strategies for learners and all classrooms R-7 use visible learning strategies to support student learning outcomes. Explicit teaching, differentiation and feedback are all an integral part of our classroom program and structures.
The school has a current student enrolment of 153 students from Reception to Year 7, in 6 classes and has a well-deserved reputation of excellence based on strong and nurturing relationships and rigorous teaching and learning.
Our friendly and supportive students are welcoming and inclusive and visitors to our school instantly notice the calm and respectful atmosphere and the sense of community. We have a strong House and Buddy system – Millers, Marketers and Brewers, which is a strength of the school and promotes the cohesive and nurturing feel we so strongly advocate for.
We may be a small school but our students are certainly given big opportunities and we provide our students with rigoruous, evidence based teaching and learning. Our staff are improvement focused and we have accountability structures to ensure that all students are tracked and monitored to maximise outcomes for them.
In line with all schools our students have Curriculum in the 8 areas of study – English, Mathematics, Science, HASS (History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Business and Economics), Health and PE, Languages-Japanese, Technologies and The Arts with a dedicated Music and Performing Arts program. Students participate in SAPSASA sports events and Festival of Music performances in addition to the broad and exciting opportunities on site.
Intervention programs including Minilit, MACQLIT, Too Smart and Quicksmart as well as our Special Education program and program for Higher Band students ensures all students have every opportunity to achieve their potential.
In 2019 we became the 91st Public school in the state to roll out new high speed fibre optic cabling which provides our students and staff high speed internet access. New cabling and switching throughout the school ensure that internet access is state of the art and provides our students with the latest and best. Our Chromebook program provides our Year 6/7 students with 1-1 Chromebook access and our Year 3-5 students 1-3 access. All students R-7 enjoy ipad access and all classrooms are fitted with Soundfield systems and Interactive Televisions for explicit teaching. STEM links with local Secondary Schools broadens our staff and student knowledge and skills as does our participation in the State wide 3D printer progam Makers Empire.
In 2019 we have started a much needed Out of School Hours Care Service. Our Director, Stacey Wood is a skilled and knowledgeable asset to our staff team in the area of High quality Care for students. Our OSHC service operates Monday to Friday and is open for Student Free Days and School Closure Days. The service is a site managed service and operates from our Hall from 7.00am – 8.30am and 3.10-6.00pm daily.
We have a Pastoral Support worker who supports students with programs such as Girls groups, Boys groups, Revved Up group and Seasons for Growth. In 2020 we will add to our student support programs with a dedicated Wellbeing Leader.
As the current Principal I share a passion, along with our staff, for rigorous teaching and learning, curriculum excellence, outstanding pedagogical practice and innovation. I am proud of our beautiful, community school and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the staff, students and families in this chapter of the school’s successful educational journey.
I look forward to meeting you all and working with you to continue to give Old Noarlunga Primary School “The small school with a big heart”, a really BIG future.