Newman College offers a Catholic Primary School Education that corresponds to the learning stage of a child. For this reason, the Primary campus of Lavalla is specifically designed for Y3-Y6 children.
As children transition from Early Childhood Education to the Upper Primary campus, the students experience a sense of adventure and anticipation. They enjoy the freedom of the expansive, open grounds. Furthermore, children gain access to the Newman College playing fields, adventure play equipment, world class auditorium, and heated Olympic size swimming pool. Students have access to the extensive bank of resources available to them. We offer flexible learning spaces that encourage collaboration and inclusion. There are very few Catholic Primary School Education facilities like those available at Newman College.
Above all, our students are challenged daily to become citizens of change, their experiences steering them towards life in our Secondary campus.
Primary School – Gifted and Talented
We believe that all students are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential. This potential comes in many different forms be that intellectual, physical, creative, emotional, or social. We also believe that students should be able to live and develop as well adjusted, autonomous and valued members of society.
All students have particular and individual needs. These must be met if their goals are to be achieved. Therefore, it is important that the education of every student be individually planned.
Newman College is committed to providing a sufficiently challenging curriculum for all of its students. In addition, we provide opportunities to identify and in turn nurture those who are gifted and talented. Our Gifted and Talented Program for Years 1-6 delivers educational experiences of an appropriate depth and breadth for students identified as having exceptional academic ability.
The program is specifically designed to provide an engaging and challenging curriculum. It provides a learning environment which enables students to work cooperatively with students of similar abilities and interests. Furthermore, it provides access to a range of opportunities to work with more abstract, advanced and complex problems and content beyond the mainstream curriculum lessons.
These opportunities aim to stimulate interest, challenge, inform, and excite. They encourage high achievement, originality, problem-solving, higher order thinking skills and creativity. Newman College increases opportunities for research and student self-directed learning and careful monitoring of individual progress of gifted and talented students.
Newman College utilises a multi-faceted approach to identification. This includes specific plans to seek out students with advanced abilities or advanced potential. In turn, this provides appropriate educational experiences during the transition into adolescence. These identification tools include parent and teacher checklists, cognitive ability tests and reports. They also include critical and creative thinking tests and psychologist reports. The identification process occurs early in the year so that the students can utilise programs that maximise their potential.
Primary School – Maths Extension Program
Newman College offers a Maths Extension Program for students in Years 1 to 6. Students are pretested to ascertain individual aptitude. The information attained drives future lessons. On average, this occurs 3 times per year.
Students who demonstrate a thorough knowledge of their current year’s topic are selected to attend the Maths Extension Program. These students are taught an expanded curriculum designed to engage them at ‘their’ level of understanding and knowledge base.
Years 1 and 2 students are withdrawn for 45 minutes per week, whilst Years 3 to 6 students are withdrawn for 90 minutes per week.
The cohort is then re tested to identify growth; with the process then repeating. The process has been highly successful, as students dedicate themselves to attaining entry into the program.
Primary School Library
The Primary School Library provides a welcoming space that engages and promotes student learning. The Library maintains contemporary physical and digital resources required by students. Most importantly, the environment is warm, stimulating and safe.
The school librarians are information specialists who strive to provide resources and books to support the entire school. Moreover, they are passionate about putting great books into the hands of every student. This encourages children to read for pleasure and to engage them to become lifelong readers. The wonderful books in the library introduce whole new worlds and new perspectives. They are so important in broadening the students minds.
The Primary School Library provides more than just print books, it also offers eBooks for recreational reading. Furthermore, World Book online encyclopaedia is available to all students and teachers.
Orbit is our new library Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) which encourages every student to engage successfully with the library. Orbit creates the opportunity to discover print and digital resources and offers anytime, anywhere access to books and learning resources.
The Primary School Library is the heart of the community. It serves as a central space where students not only develop a love of reading, but a space where their imagination is fostered. The library recognises that mental and physical wellbeing has long-term benefits in terms of student achievement and social development. During every lunch-time there is a varied range of fun activities on offer through the library to improve the wellbeing of all students, especially those who need additional support.
Parent Engagement – SeeSaw
Parents of primary school students can use SeeSaw to engage with their child’s learning experience. Teachers use SeeSaw to showcase the work of children and the class. Think of this as the mechanism to enlighten your understanding of your child’s education. No longer when you ask the question, “what did you do at school today”; will the answer “nothing” suffice. SeeSaw displays images of your child’s work, assessments, tasks and more. Parents can therefore interact with this work and with the teachers. Catholic Primary School Education embraces the notion of being present to one another, with SeeSaw allowing that presence even when we are not physically available.