Spade & Spoon is the garden and kitchen program at Springside Primary School. The garden is open to all students during a few lunch times a week.
Our focus in the garden is on the students participating in all aspects of maintaining the garden including planting, watering, weeding, recycling, compost and harvesting. Currently the Year 3 classes have a one hour session in the garden each week. The Year 4 classes alternate between an hour session in the garden and the kitchen. In the kitchen the Year 4’s are learning valuable life skills and cook with ingredients that they have grown in the garden.
The Year 5 & 6 Food and Technology program is divided into two parts. The first is teaching the students basic cooking skills. The emphasis is on vibrant, shared meals where the children sit down and eat together ‘as a family’ in their words. The second part focuses on student-driven projects. The students have have chosen to utilise the fruit and vegetables grown and harvested from our garden and excess produce donated to make tasty, homemade goodies that are sold at our monthly market, ‘Spade and Spoon’. This project gives the students authentic learning experiences from the planning, designing and advertising through to running the market. All proceeds go back into the Spade and Spoon program.
The development of sound Numeracy and Literacy skills are part of the core curriculum at all levels of Springside Primary School. We design and deliver explicit teaching and learning experiences through the Springside Instructional Model. We tailor individual programs to meet specific educational needs while gradually introducing all learners to challenging content and relevant strategies through a variety of learning contexts.
At Springside Primary School we acknowledge the inextricable link between mental and physical wellbeing and how these aspects of health impact learning. Engagement and Wellbeing Leaders develop a school wide social and emotional learning curriculum from P-9. We also have a cadre of paraprofessionals – speech therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists – who work here and dedicated Primary Welfare Coordintors/Child Safe Officer’s to cater to any student needs. We have an out of school hours care program that runs on site.
School Wide Positive Behaviours
Positive Behaviours Expectations Matrix
In providing for a breadth of learning experience, Springside Primary School offers a range of elective classes and extra curricular opportunities. Our interschool sport and athletics program has consistently seen Springside students represent the school at zone, district, regional and state levels.
Springside Primary School also offer music via Genesis Music School.
In delivering on our focus to provide a stimulating learning environment for our students, Springside Primary School strives to enrich the learning experience of the students at Springside with a vibrant and engaging range of subjects. Our core subjects are complemented by specialist delivered content in the areas of Performing Arts, Health and PE, Visual Arts, Indonesian, Food Technology and ICT guided by eSmart practices.
The Inclusion Hub is a space that welcomes everyone and is inclusive of all individual needs and interests. A rostered timetable of activities are available, but options for students to choose alternate activities such as drawing, board games, Beyblades, chess, Lego, fidget toys and sports are also on offer. Staff support play through using visuals and prompts to teach waiting and turn-taking and explicitly teach pro-social behavious such as losing gracefully and joining in on non-preferred activities. The timetable is regularly updated by students, for students. Noise-cancelling headphone are available upon entry, or alternative students can chill out in a quiet zone across from the Inclusion Hub.