At Newman College we offer a developmental pathway commensurate to the learning stage a child is entering. For this reason, the Primary campus of Lavalla is specifically designed for Y3-Y6 children.
As children move from the Early Childhood to the Primary campus the students experience a sense of adventure and anticipation as they continue their learning journey. They enjoy the freedom of the expansive, open grounds which encompass the playing fields, the adventure play equipment, the swimming pool and the extensive bank of resources available to them. We offer flexible learning spaces that encourage collaboration and inclusion. Our students are challenged daily to become citizens of change, their experiences steering them towards life in our Secondary campus.
Gifted and Talented
At Newman College we believe that all students are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential, 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, which must be met if these 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 for gifted and talented students. It provides a learning environment which enables students to work cooperatively with students of similar abilities and interests and 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, excite and encourage high achievement, originality, problem-solving, higher order thinking skills and creativity, increase 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 order to provide appropriate educational experiences during the transition into adolescence. These identification tools include parent and teacher checklists, cognitive ability tests and reports, 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.
Maths Extension Program
Newman College offers a Maths Extension Program for students in Years 1 to 6. Prior to the commencement of each new topic (approximately 3 times each term), all students are pretested to ascertain individual aptitude; the information attained drives future lessons.
Those students who demonstrate a thorough knowledge of their current year’s topic are selected to attend the Maths Extension Program for the duration of that topic. These students are taught an expanded curriculum that is 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. We have found this process highly successful as students dedicate themselves to attaining entry into the program.
The Lavalla Library provides a welcoming space that engages and promotes student learning. The Library provides access to physical and digital resources required by students, in a warm, stimulating and safe environment. The school librarians are information specialists and strive to provide resources and books to support the entire school.
The librarians at the Lavalla Library are passionate about putting great books into the hands of every student to read for pleasure and to encourage them to become lifelong readers. The wonderful literature in the library introduces whole new worlds and new perspectives and are so important in broadening the students minds. The Lavalla Library provides more than just print books and also offers eBooks for recreational reading and access to 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 school library is the heart of the Lavalla 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, but especially those who need additional support.
Parents of primary school students can use SeeSaw to engage with their child’s learning experience. The platform is used by teachers to showcase the work of your child and the work of 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. It allows parents to interact with this work and with the teachers.