Welcome to Scone Grammar School – Primary
Scone Grammar School is a wonderful place for students to enjoy their learning journey and experience many exciting learning and life adventures. Primary classes (Kindergarten to Year 6) provide opportunity for a vibrant student-centred approach to learning, within the context of a caring, supportive, adaptive, well resourced and differentiated learning environment. Our priority is seeking to establish strong foundations for all students in literacy and numeracy, together with providing opportunity for them to participate in a well-balanced, rigorous and stimulating academic programme, supported by a rich broad based co-curricular programme. Smaller class sizes enable teachers to focus upon the individual needs of each child and dedicated staff work collaboratively as a strong team, to establish engaging and productive learning environments across all K-6 classes.
At Scone Grammar School, we believe the essence of Primary education is about:
- building and reinforcing life’s core values;
- developing a greater sense of personal responsibility;
- mastering the basic skills;
- cultivating a love for learning, a hunger to explore and discover, a passion for creative expression and the ability to think and communicate; together with
- strengthening an understanding of and a confidence in who we are as unique and special individuals.
I love Kenneth Graham’s book “˜The Wind in the Willows”, where Rat speaks to Mole of “messing about in boats”. The analogy of a sailing boat helps me to articulate our approach to education, particularly in the Primary years:
- We want to give our students a firm rudder – to help steer their lives in the right direction, and we want to help them learn more and more to take personal control of the tiller.
- We want to give our students a strong centreboard (or keel) – to help them keep their life balanced as the winds along the journey blow in different directions or change in intensity.
- We also want to help each student shape and hoist the right sail – the one that’s best suited for them, and the one that helps them to catch the most wind and enjoy life’s adventure to the full.
- Sharing in the learning and life adventures of children and young people is a great privilege and I encourage you to visit our School, meet the staff and talk more.
Visitors are always welcome and I look forward to meeting with you.
Head of Primary / Deputy Principal
Our Christian Values
Great importance is placed on our Christian values base, with weekly Christian Studies classes and Chapel programmes, supporting this important area.
Christian Studies classes are taken by the School Chaplain, class teachers or specialist teachers. Primary Chapel services are facilitated by the School Chaplain, and are held on Mondays in two groups: K-2 and Years 3-6.
Weekly ‘Cross-trainers’ groups are organised during lunchtimes to encourage students interested in strengthening their Christian faith and understanding. Strong partnership links are fostered between the School and home; ensuring all students are encouraged in a consistent and supportive manner.
The K-6 Curriculum is developed in the overall context of the new Australian Curriculum, using the NSW BOSTES syllabus material. This focuses on six Key Learning Areas – English, Mathematics, Science, History, Creative Arts and PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.)
Many of the learning activities within each class teaching-learning programme are integrated across the range of KLA’s and often these KLA’s are linked thematically.
A variety of teaching-learning styles are implemented to facilitate student learning at each stage. This is outworked through group and small group teaching, ability grouping for specific academic subjects, and also class teachers using their particular talents across a range of classes, through a collegiate swap arrangement.
Open classroom afternoons, Parent-Teacher interviews and comprehensive Semester Student Reports enable feedback to parents on student progress, as well as identifying areas where further development is required.
Students have regular specialists lessons in languages – French (K-5) and Japanese (Yr 6)
Teachers in K-2 classes utilise a variety of reading resources, including phonics-based programmes. A Reading Net has been implemented to catch students who may need extra assistance. A targeted Literacy Support program (overseen by the Learning Support Staff) is also implemented each year.
As part of a K-12 school, Primary students enjoy the benefits of access to specialist staff and facilities, including the Bullock Library and Technology Centre. Year 6 students are able to make a smooth transition into secondary schooling, while maintaining established friendships, consistent values and continuity in their education.