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Our School

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Geelong East Primary School was established in 1857 and currently has an enrolment of 180 students. The school has extensive gardens and grounds providing many active and passive play areas. We are looking forward to the building upgrade provided by $3.9 million released in the 2023 State budget. The school has a long tradition of excellence and commitment to the total education and wellbeing of the students in its care.

The school has extensive programs embedded in a strong values base. The entire staff work together in a purposeful and professional manner to plan and implement a curriculum which is based on enquiry learning models. This strengthens and enhances each student’s potential – academic, social and physical.

The school is proud of its commitment to providing a wide variety of programs and activities to enhance its strong core curriculum. Particular strengths are its values ethos, student leadership development programs, commitment to the environment, intervention and enrichment programs. These programs cater for our many individual student needs. Geelong East PS utilises a 1:1 iPad program which are available for educational use in each classroom Prep-6. Laptops and netbooks are also available.

The school continues to build teacher capacity in numeracy, literacy and wellbeing through a school-based consultant/coaching approach. The school has a variety of support programs to develop student academic and social needs . The Levelled Literacy program assists children from 1-6 who need support. Numeracy is also a priority with the school investigating and investing in programs to support the children in our care.

We have a variety of allied health professionals support our student needs. Our Healthy Living Victoria accreditation is a celebration of the whole school program aimed at the total child which includes the Wellbeing and Physical Health of our children. As part of this we run a Healthy Canteen. We are an accredited eSmart school which celebrates the fact that we consistently education our students on Cyber safety.

Our strong culture of care is extended through our Wellbeing program and strong community partnerships. As part of the Alannah and Madeline ‘Better Buddies’ program our children have a student buddy to help and assist them in the yard. An extension of this is the Peer support program where students meet in cross-age groups once a week to discuss student issues and work collaboratively to support our culture of learning in a supportive environment.

Geelong East Primary School acknowledges the Wadawurrung peoples’ of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land, and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.


Teaching & Learning

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The Victorian teaching and learning model brings the framework for improving student outcomes (FISO) into the classroom. It creates a line of sight between the whole-school improvement approach and classroom practice.

The model allows teachers and school leaders to:

Four components of the model

The Victorian teaching and learning model consists of four components:

Each component articulates how FISO is enacted in teaching and learning


Information For Parents

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At Geelong East Primary School we recognise the important role parents play in their child’s education. We value authentic partnerships in order to support student learning outcomes.


About

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Contact

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184 Boundary Road
Geelong East,
VIC
3219
03 5248 4885

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Contact: Thank You

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Our School: Virtual Tour

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Our School: Documents

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Our School: CHILD SAFE STANDARDS

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THE CHILD SAFE STANDARDS

Ministerial Order No. 1359 sets out the specific actions that schools need to take to meet the child safe standards. The introduction of child safe standards form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, which found that more must be done to prevent and respond to child abuse in schools.

The standards will promote cultures where protecting children from abuse is part of everyday thinking and practice in organisations.

The Child Safe Standards set out to create safe places for children to fully and actively participate in the life of the community benefiting everyone. Point Cook College will ensure that the children in its care are protected to the best of its ability and in line with their duty of care and the compulsory child safe standards.

THE STANDARDS

To create and maintain a child safe school, we will comply with the following standards.

In complying with the child safe standards above, we will be mindful of the diversity of students and school communities and include the following inclusion principles as part of each standard:

CHILD SAFETY COMMITMENT GEPS 2023


Our School: Values

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Statement of Values

Promoting healthy, safe and respectful school communities.

Geelong East Primary School recognises the importance of the partnership between schools and parents to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring inclusive, safe and orderly environments that have a ‘zero tolerance’ for abuse of children and young people.  

This Statement of Values sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the principal, all school staff, parents, students and visitors. It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building safe and respectful school communities.

Click here to view the full Statement of Values

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Our School: Wellbeing

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At Geelong East Primary School we aim to establish a safe and caring learning environment that develops resilience and builds constructive relationships for all students.


Our School: Engagement

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To develop a student centered learning environment by building a learning partnership with our parent community.


Our School: Mission Statement

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Mission Statement 2019
Mission Statement 2019

Our School: Professional Learning Communities

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Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are an approach to school improvement where groups of teachers work collaboratively at the school level to improve student outcomes.

The 10 principles of effective PLCs

Found in all effective PLCs are 10 principles that bring together the best available research on school improvement:

1. Student learning focus: School improvement starts with an unwavering focus on student learning.

2. Collective responsibility: For every child to achieve, every adult must take responsibility for their learning.

3. Instructional leadership: Effective school leaders focus on teaching and learning.

4. Collective efficacy: Teachers make better instructional decisions together.

5. Adult learning: Teachers learn best with others, on the job.

6. Privileged time: Effective schools provide time and forums for teacher conversations about student learning.

7. Continuous improvement: Effective teams improve through recurring cycles of diagnosing student learning needs, and planning, implementing and evaluating teaching responses to them.

8. Evidence driven: Effective professional learning and practice is evidence based and data driven.

9. System focus: The most effective school leaders contribute to the success of other schools.

10. Integrated regional support: Schools in improving systems are supported by teams of experts who know the communities they work in.


Our School: Policies

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Anaphylaxis Policy

Asthma Policy

Attendance Policy

Bullying Prevention Policy

Cash Handling Policy

Camps and Excursions Policy

Child Safety Code of Conduct

Child Safety Responding and Reporting Obligations Policy and Procedures

Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy

Class placement Policy

Communication With School Staff Policy

Complaints Policy

Curriculum Framework

Digital Learning Policy

Duty Of Care Policy

Electronic Funds Management Policy

Enrolment Policy

First-Aid Policy

Health Care Needs Policy

Inclusion Diversity Policy

Insurance Policy

Medication Policy

Mobile Phone Policy

Parent Payment Arrangements Policy

Parent Refund Policy

Personal Property Insurance Policy

Photographing Filming Recording Students Policy

Privacy Policy

Respect For School Staff Policy

School Purchasing Card Policy

Statement of Values Policy

Student- CS Wellbeing Engagement Policy

Student Dress Code

Sun Protection Policy

Visitors Policy

Volunteers Policy

Yard Duty Supervision Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our School: Compass

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WELCOME TO COMPASS

A guide for parents & families

Visit the compass website for more information

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Information For Parents: Enrolment Information

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Welcome. We are excited that you are considering us for the education of your children.

How to Enrol

Enrolling your child at Geelong East Primary School is the beginning of an exciting journey for your child and your family.

We aim to support your child’s enrolment with transition programs, either from Kindergarten to Foundation, or from another school to Geelong East Primary School. This is managed through a formal Kinder to Foundation Program or if transferring from another school, flexible arrangements to meet your child’s needs.

If you are considering our school for your child/children’s education, please join us for a school tour. You are most welcome to bring them along.

TOUR DATES Term 1 2024 Dates: Friday 1st March, 9am – Monday 18th March, 3pm – Wednesday 27th March, 9am – contact us on 03) 5248 4855 to book in.

Please be advised that apart of the enrolment process for residential eligibility will need to be verified.

In order for the enrolment process to be completed you will need to supply proof of residential address which may include a minimum of three of the following relevant pieces of information:

We can then verify the details to ensure all families attempting to enrol are entitled to do so.

Geelong East Primary School offers enrolment places to children who live within our designated areas. We are required to manage our enrolments according to the Priority Placement Order in the Department of Education and Training’s enrolment policy.

Where there are insufficient places at a school for all students who seek entry, students are enrolled in the following priority order:

  1. Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school.
  2. Students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time.
  3. Where the regional director has restricted the enrolment, students who reside nearest the school.
  4. Students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds.
  5. All other students in order of closeness of their home to the school.
  6. In exceptional circumstances, compassionate grounds.
  7. A copy of the policy can be found in the policies section of this website.

Enrolment appointments can be made by contacting our Main Office on (03)5248 4885.

OUR SCHOOL ZONE

Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au which hosts the most up to date information on school zones in Victoria. Students residing within our school zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address. 

Our school manages enrolments using the Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and may enrol at another school, if there are available places. For more information, you can: 

2025 Foundation (Prep) Enrolment

Your child can start Prep at the beginning of the school year if he or she turns five on or before 30th April in that year. By law, all children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday. When to start your child at school is an individual decision. You may want to discuss this with us or with your child’s preschool teacher and health care professionals if you are unsure about when is the best year for your child to begin school.

The Department of Education has released an updated statewide Prep enrolment timeline for the 2025 school year.

The timeline advises families when and how to enrol their child into Prep at a Victorian government primary school, including Geelong East Primary School.

All government primary schools will follow the timeline in 2024 to support Prep enrolments for the 2025 school year.

You can find information and resources about the timeline, including factsheets and a poster at: Enrolling in Prep

You will be able to apply to enrol your child in Prep 2025 at Geelong East Primary School from 15 April 2024. The enrolment information pack and application will be available on this webpage from this date.

What you need to do:

  1. Contact our school via phone: (03) 5248 4885 or email: geelong.east.ps@education.vic.gov.au to book a school tour or to learn more about our school and the enrolment application process.
  2. Download the Prep enrolment information pack (available from 15 April 2024 on this page). This pack includes an application form, which you can also request from our school.
  3. Submit an enrolment application for Prep by Friday 26 July 2024.
  4. You will be notified of the outcome of your application between Monday 29 July and Friday 9 August 2024
  5. Take part in enrolment information and transition sessions during Term 4, 2024.
  6. Prepare your child to start Prep in late January 2025 (date TBC).

Enrolment applications submitted after 26 July 2024 will be processed by our school as they are received, in accordance with the department’s Placement Policy.

Additional Information required for Enrolments:

The enrolment form seeks personal and health information that should only be provided to the school your child will attend.

You will be required to provide the following information and documentation:

ENROLMENT RESOURCES

FOUNDATION STEPPING UP PROGRAM

Kindergarten students enrolled at the school are invited to attend our ‘Stepping Up’ transition program that consists of five sessions designed to orientate them with life at Geelong East Primary School. Whilst attendance at these sessions is not compulsory, it is strongly encouraged.  ‘Stepping Up’ sessions are conducted in Term 4. 

The ‘Stepping Up’ program engages the children in a range of enjoyable play-based activities and includes story-time, craft and singing. These sessions also provide an opportunity for you and your child to meet their teachers.

While the children are busy meeting new friends, parents are invited to attend information sessions that explain how Geelong East Primary School operates, how you can assist your child with their learning and development, and how your family can become involved with the school community.

Geelong East Primary School is a member of the Geelong North Network government primary and secondary schools. All government schools request that parents submit an enrolment form along with relevant documents (enrolment form, proof of residency, immunisation record and birth certificate) to the school office by the end of July, prior to the year of student commencement. You will be notified by September whether your child has a place at Geelong East.

To collect an enrolment pack or for additional enrolment information please contact the school office on 5248 4885

Grade 1 -6 Enrolment

We welcome all enrolment enquiries throughout the year. Contact us to arrange a tour of the school with our Principal and collect an enrolment pack.

Ph: 03 5248 4885
Email: geelong.east.ps@education.vic.gov.au


Information For Parents: 2024 Parent Payment Arrangements

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Dear Parent/Guardians,

Geelong East Primary School is looking forward to another great year of teaching and learning and would like to advise you of Geelong East Primary’s voluntary financial contributions for 2024.

Schools provide students with free instruction to fulfil the standard Victorian curriculum and we want to assure you that all contributions are voluntary.

Geelong East Primary School is able to provide the excellent programs and resources it has, through a combination of Government School Funding, parent contributions and limited fundraising.  I see your support as I endeavour with staff and School Council to provide an on-going enhancement of equipment and resources to benefit all student learning.  I ask you to read the attached notices carefully.

Payment Methods

Payment can begin from now and we would appreciate any payment arrangements to finalised by Friday 2nd February 2024.  All booklist supplies will be available for students in their classroom on the first day of Term 1 Tuesday 30th January 2024.

The school office will be open on Wednesday 24th January and Thursday 25th January 2023 from 10 a.m. – 3.00 p.m for over the phone payments or cash payments.  Payments can also be made anytime by Direct Debit, BPAY or Compass.

Financial Support for Families

Geelong East Primary School understands that some families may experience financial difficulty and offers a range of support options, including:

For a confidential discussion about accessing these services, or if you would like to discuss alternative payment arrangements, contact the Business Manager on 5248 4885.

Best wishes and thank you for your continued support of our school.

Parent Payment Arrangements Policy

Department of Education Parent Payment Policy

 


Information For Parents: Key Dates

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KEY DATES:

 

2023  TERM DATES

Term 1    30 January – 6 April

Term 2 –         24 April – 23 June

Term 3 –            10 July – 15 September

Term 4 –      2 October – 20 December

2023 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Geelong Cup – Wednesday 25th October 

 

2024  TERM DATES

Term 1    30 January – 28 March

Term 2 –         15 April – 28 June

Term 3 –            15 July – 20 September

Term 4 –      7 October – 20 December

2024 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Labour Day – Monday 11 March

Good Friday – Friday 29 March

Easter Monday – Monday 1 April

Anzac Day – Thursday 25 April

King’s Birthday – Monday 10 June

Geelong Cup – Wednesday 23rd October  

 

 

 

 


Information For Parents: Newsletter

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 Newsletter Welcome Back Grade 3 to Grade 6 Friday 5th June, 2020Download
 
Newsletter Welcome back Prep to Grade 2  Tuesday 26th May, 2020Download
 
Newsletter Thursday 21st May, 2020Download
 

Newsletter Monday 7th Sep, 2020Download
 
Newsletter Friday 30th July, 2020Download
 

 


Information For Parents: Outside School Hours Care

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Camp Australia. Guiding children

Camp Australia – Guiding Children’s Growth

We are proud to partner with Camp Australia to provide our
Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program.

Camp Australia programs are centred on child
enrichment, while ensuring a reliable, engaging and hassle-free OSHC service at our school. Their
engaged educators foster a safe, inclusive environment where children can relax, have fun and grow.

Camp Australia recognises that children need a different experience in term time to the
experience they have on their holidays. Families can choose Your OSHC for before and after
school experiences during term, or Rocketeers during the holidays.

Your OSHC. OSHC that inspires.

Your OSHC – OSHC that inspires

At Your OSHC by Camp Australia, every before school, after school and pupil
free day program is tailored to the likes and interests of each child in service. Camp Australia’s
educators design enriching experiences to inspire your children’s confidence, independence and
imagination. In any one week, they could be participating in science experiments, active play,
creative expression and more – they believe in learning through experience so that each child can
grow.


Rocketeers. Extraordinary Holiday Adventures.

Rocketeers – Extraordinary Holiday Adventures

Rocketeers by Camp Australia is a space for children to
escape the ordinary and experience the extraordinary during their school holidays. Every school
holiday break is a new mission for children to embark upon. With carefully designed programs,
directed by the children and informed by family feedback, no two days are the same with
Rocketeers. Experiences planned could include games, arts & crafts, sport, excursions,
cooking, coding and more.

Click here to find out more about Camp Australia’s program at our school,
including hours of operation and fees. To attend care, you must register your child. Register now
for free.


Wellbeing: Our School: Respectful Relations

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Respectful Relationships supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.

The Respectful Relationships whole-school approach recognises that schools are a workplace, a community hub and a place of learning. Everyone involved in our school community deserves to be respected, valued and treated equally.

We know that changes in attitudes and behaviours can be achieved when positive attitudes, behaviours and equality are lived across the school community, and when classroom learning is reinforced by what is modelled in our school community.

 

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Wellbeing: Our School: eSmart School

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Geelong East Primary School is an eSmart School

What is eSmart?

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About eSmart Schools

eSmart Schools is a behaviour-change initiative designed to help schools improve cybersafety and reduce cyberbullying and bullying.

eSmart Schools provides a framework that guides the introduction of policies, practices and whole-school change processes to support the creation of a cybersafe or eSmart environment.

eSmart Schools was developed by RMIT University in consultation with cybersafety, bullying, education and industry experts from across Australia. In 2010, eSmart was piloted in 159 schools across Australia with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

An independent evaluation of the eSmart Schools pilot found that 96 per cent of pilot schools would recommend eSmart to other schools. As of January 2014, over 2, 200 Australian schools are participating in eSmart.

What is an eSmart school?

An eSmart school is a school where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communications technology is a cultural norm. Students, teachers and the wider school community are equipped to embrace the best these technologies can offer, while being savvy about the pitfalls.

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Wellbeing: Our School: School Wide Positive Behaviour

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What is the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) Approach?

Geelong East Primary School follows the SWPB approach. This is a whole school approach to creating an environment, which encourages effective learning through the development of a positive, calm and welcoming atmosphere. We encourage positive feedback to students often and endeavour to teach students how to behave appropriately. We recognise that learning social skills and socially acceptable behaviours is a process, which everybody moves through at a different pace. Learning appropriate social skills is seen in the same light as learning how to read or complete maths. Some people need more assistance in some areas and less in others.

“If a child doesn’t know how to read,  we teach

“If a child doesn’t know how to swim,  we teach

“If a child doesn’t know how to multiply,  we teach

“If a child doesn’t know how to drive,  we teach

“If a child doesn’t know how to behave,  ……..we teach?

Why SWPBS?

Historically in schools discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehaviour by implementing punishment-based strategies e.g. reprimands, loss of privileges, suspensions and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, and in the absence of other positive strategies is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behaviours is an important step of a student’s educational experience.

Teaching behavioural expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehaviour to occur before responding.

Behaviour Expectation Matrix

A matrix has been co-constructed by teachers and students to identify the expected behaviours at Geelong East Primary School. The matrix includes appropriate behaviours in specific areas including:

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In the Classroom

At the beginning of each school year, classroom teachers work with their class (student’s voice and agency) in developing a Classroom Agreement specific to their class. This is reviewed at the beginning of every term.

In the classroom, teachers link the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships to the School Wide Positive Behaviour matrix. This curriculum (taught in all Victorian schools) provides the opportunity to explicitly teach, model and reinforce expected behavior.

The RRRR curriculum combined with the school created matrix clearly defines the expectations throughout our school.

Every teacher utilises the Classroom Behaviour Management Flowchart which guides their response to student behaviours. Social skills are also explicity taught and linked to the matrix to reinforce expected behaviours.

Award Systems

Teachers reward and recognise students who display our school values in a variety of ways. Each teacher implements GOTCHA’s throughout the school and in their classroom. Teachers verbalise the behavior exhibited and how it links to our values when giving a GOTCHA.

Teachers can also give wristbands to children who display outstanding commitment to our values and role model them consistently. These can be worn during the school day.

Teachers also give Values awards each week noting the person in the grade who has exhibited an outstanding example of positive behavior based on our 3 values. These awards are given at assembly as the first item of celebration each week.

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Gotchas

GOTCHAS -What are they?

The GOTCHA tokens are a vital aspect of our whole school Positive Behavior Support.

How does a student receive a GOTCHA token?

Teachers and staff hand out GOTCHA tokens in the school yard when students have displayed our school values. We like to call it “catching the positive”. This could be as simple as using kind words and kind actions in the playground.

The GOTCHA tokens are a form of acknowledgement, a simple and instant way to acknowledge the positive behavior displayed by a student. Students who receive GOTCHA tokens swap the tokens for a marble that is placed in the grade jar. When this jar is full all the children in the grade receive an award- chosen by the grade. At assembly on Friday the grades announce how many jars their grade has filled and  receive a coloured ball which goes towards the whole school award. In the past we have had a whole school picnic at Eastern Beach, a whole school Movie afternoon and a whole school disco.

Real Schools- Supporting PBS

We have formed a partnership with Real Schools commenced in 2016. In 2019 we still have access to their resources which are based on Restorative Practices. Click here for more information


Wellbeing: Our School: Restorative Practices

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Restorative practice seeks to repair relationships.

Restorative practice is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged, including those damaged through bullying. It does this by bringing about a sense of remorse and restorative action on the part of the offender and forgiveness by the victim.

All teachers are trained and receive continual Professional Learning in this area

Restorative PracticesDownload

Wellbeing: Our School: Gotcha Philosophy

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Gotcha Reward and Philosophy systems

Gotcha / Reward System @ GEPS

How does it work?


Teaching & Learning: Japanese GEPS Program

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In 2022, Geelong East Primary School introduced Japanese to all students as our chosen Language Other than English (LOTE). Languages prepare the children to be responsible and engaged members of our multicultural community, and to look outward as active and informed citizens of the world. Learning an Asian language provides the students with the opportunity to develop further understanding of the growing nature of Asia and its influence on the world.

The Japanese curriculum is organised in thematic units intended for all students. The engaging program includes speaking, listening, reading and writing activities with the majority of each lesson involving oral and conversational tasks, games and singing. Activities cover both interrelated strands of Communicating and Understanding, ensuring students develop language and cultural understanding. Students are taught oral Japanese language in conjunction with Japanese Sign Language and other additional gestures to help strengthen the connections made in the brain and assist with recall.

Each year we celebrate ‘Japan Day’ with a variety of exciting activities. During the day children engage in reading, writing, number, arts and craft, movement games and performance activities that centre on cultural traditions. Children are also encouraged to dress up on this day and we enjoy a particularly ‘special lunch’.

Students at Geelong East Primary School enjoy participating in the various games, songs and activities in each Japanese class and are proud of their achievements in learning to speak, read and write a new language.


Teaching & Learning: Literacy

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Literacy Learning is important at Geelong East Primary School. We make it engaging by incorporating the Book Week Parade, dress ups, Literacy week, and celebration days each term. Our excursions and incursions support our Literacy programs.

At Geelong East Primary School, all students participate in a two hour literacy block which encompasses Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, spelling, dictation, punctuation and grammar. The literacy curriculum is supported by Literacy Intervention and Oral Language programs.

Students use a variety of devices including iPads, laptops, Interactive Whiteboards and netbooks, with a one to one device policy to enhance their literacy skills. Students can identify and create their personal literacy goals. Our school library is visited weekly by students, with a wide range of resources for students and teachers.

We also have connections with the local library, kindergartens, high schools and child care centres with regular visits within our community to read. Parent and grandparent helpers are welcomed and encouraged at Geelong East Primary School. Parent support and connections are essential to our students’ learning at Geelong East Primary School.


Teaching & Learning: Numeracy

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At Geelong East Primary School we aim to provide students with a strong grounding in mathematical skills, strategies and understandings. The school ensures each class dedicates at least one hour to Numeracy every day. Mathematics is taught through the dimensions of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.

Teachers provide engaging ‘hands on’ tasks and games that take into account students’ ability levels and interests. An important part of our program is that students are provided with the opportunity to develop their understanding, fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.

Reflection is an integral part of the lesson as it provides time to articulate and share their learning. Students are encouraged to make connections and apply mathematical concepts and real life situations.


Teaching & Learning: Physical Education

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Teaching & Learning: Art

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Celebrating Art at GEPS

All students at Geelong East Primary have 1 hour art lesson a week. Students learn skills and theory in many forms of Art such as drawing, painting, modelling, construction, printing, textiles and collage from Foundation to Grade 5/6. They experiment with a variety of materials, learning numerous techniques whilst creating individual artworks.

The elements of colour, space, texture, shape, line, form and value are learnt through a variety of topics, many of which are complementary to the inquiry studied in the classrooms. The students are given the opportunity to discover their creativity and experiment with different techniques to enable them to create art pieces that are unique to their individual personalities.

Students at Geelong East Primary have been involved in numerous community art events such as displaying work at the Geelong show, drawing portraits for the Geelong Gallery and designing a Christmas tree for the display in central Geelong.

There is also a weekly art club for students wanting to continue their artwork or for students to relax and create art during their lunchtime.


Teaching & Learning: Performing Arts

SEO Friendly Title: Performing Arts

PERFORMING ARTS

In the Performing Arts Program we aim to nurture every student’s skills and interests to encompass the four main components: Music, Dance, Drama and Performing. Each grade attends a 60 minute session each week and is provided with the opportunity to perform at assembly and other events throughout the year. Creating and Making and Exploring and Responding within the Performing Arts develops students’ self-esteem and self-confidence both as learners and performers, whilst developing communication skills that can be utilised throughout their lives. The inclusion of Performing Arts positively impacts broader academic and personal wellbeing outcomes for our students. Each Performing Arts element is taught over a single term, with the opportunity provided for students to present their work at assembly.

MUSIC

The Music unit is inspired by the series of texts, ‘The Music Book’, which focuses the theoretical knowledge of the students across each level and results in a comprehensive formal musical education. There are ten key musical elements that are the focal point of this curriculum; beat, rhythm, pitch, melody, harmony, dynamics, tempo, form, tone colour and style which are taught through singing, playing of musical instruments, composing and improvising. Students experience playing a range of instruments; as well as various ways to use their own bodies and found objects as percussion instruments. This curriculum is supplemented by the students own personal musical interests to create an engaging, inspiring and fun musical classroom. This includes the use of iPad for the senior school to explore Garage Band and singing apps, as well as the introduction of rapping and body percussion for the younger students.

DANCE

The inclusion of Dance in the Performing Arts classroom is based on the four essentials, Explore, Choreograph, Perform and Appreciate. Students work on identifying beat and rhythm and exploring these elements through shape creation, upper and lower body isolated movements and interpretive movement. Students are introduced to a variety of dance styles and choose one to focus on for their end of term dance. Students have the opportunity to choreograph and design their own pieces as well as participate in a whole school Flash Mob dance.

DRAMA

Drama is an integral part of the Performing Arts Course at GEPS with games and activities designed to permit the students to explore the field of acting in a safe environment that encourages students to take creative risks, allowing the students an insight into the world of drama in an interesting and informative manner. Students study the elements of drama and practise them through role plays, improvisations, dramatic play and scripted dramas. They view recorded and live drama performances and use their gained knowledge throughout the term to interpret and respond to these performances.

PERFORMANCE

In the Performance unit, students are usually working on their piece for the end of year Christmas Concert (annually) or the school production, this occurs every second year. The performance unit allows the children to draw on all of their knowledge and skills developed in Performing Arts through the year and present their work in ‘real life’ for an audience.

The variety in performing Arts at GEPS will enable your child to grow, improve their collaborative skills, and self-expression, as well as a scaffolded approach to learning the four elements of Performing Arts. Most importantly we offer the children the chance to participate, no matter their skill. All our students have to do is try, and keep trying even when it is difficult. We encourage them to take the stage and hold their head up high, no matter what their role. It’s not about being the star, it’s about continuing to your whole self until the last curtain falls. That is a life lesson they will take with them forever.


Teaching & Learning: STEM

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STEM

(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Through STEM, students develop key skills including:
● Problem Solving
● Creativity
● Critical Analysis and Critical Thinking
● Teamwork
● Independent Thinking
● Initiative
● Communication
● Digital Literacy.

STEM at Geelong East Primary School

At Geelong East Primary School all students from Prep through to Year 6 participate in a one hour STEM session every week where the focus is on Learning by Doing. Students are exposed to a range of fun and engaging activities that seek to develop essential 21st century skills.

Science

Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world. Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our curiosity and our desire to make sense of our world by exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems. Science knowledge is contestable and is revised, refined and extended as new evidence arises.

The Science curriculum has two interrelated strands: Science Understanding and Science Inquiry Skills. Together, the two strands of the science curriculum provide students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world.

Coding

Students are introduced to the world of coding through the use of applications such as Scratch Junior and web based Scratch software. Students are introduced to block coding and use the applications to create digital stories and interactive games.
Through the use of the app Kodable as well as the OSMO coder Awbie platform, students are introduced to sequencing of directions using blocks to unravel problems.

Robotics

At GEPS we are fortunate to have a wide variety of Robotics devices for students to explore different levels of programing.
Students are able to discover robotics and their programming potential through the use of:

Students use a variety of apps and web based design environments to design and print a 3D model. The emphasis is on Design Thinking skills and developing ideas, with a super cool 3D model at the end of the process!

Film Making

Students explore elements of film making and broaden their ideas of visual literacy through the creation of short films and stop motion animation. Students have access to Green Screen facilities as well as editing software to help tell a story.

Electronics and Computer Science

Our most recent addition is a set of Raspberry Pi computing devices. These can be used to discover more advanced programming skills as well as for a variety of really cool projects such as Retro Arcade Machines, Media Centres, Interactive Photo Booths, Weather Stations or Magic Mirrors just to name a few. We can’t wait to see what students come up with.

Extra

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting events outside of the GEPS classroom walls. These include:

First Lego League
Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College Maker Faire
The Geelong College Challenge


Teaching & Learning: Beyond The Classroom

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