EKPS works collaboratively with key agencies and services to run a variety of activities that maximize opportunities for learning and to support the schools’ academic, cultural and resilience programs. These activities and programs aim to have a direct and positive impact on student outcomes. Programs have been chosen that follow the ethos of the school,
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AT EAST KALGOORLIE PRIMARY SCHOOL
We currently live in a digital age with rapid and continuous changes in the ways that people share, use, develop and communicate with ICT. Young people need to be highly skilled in the use of ICT to become active citizens of the 21st Century community. To participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society now and into the future, students need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, home, work and in their communities.
In the Australian National Curriculum, technologies are covered under its own learning area, as well as being a general capability to be integrated across all subject areas. Students need to learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school. The curriculum outcomes involve students learning to make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapting to new and innovative services as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment.
At East Kalgoorlie Primary School, we endeavor to provide opportunities and teach skills and understandings to ensure students gain an educational benefit from ICT while reducing the risks relating to global access.
All classrooms are equipped with Interactive whiteboards, desktop computers or laptops and iPads for all children to access. All classes participate in robotics and coding lessons.
Teach Learn Grow
Teach learn Grow provides a one-on-one tutoring and mentoring program to rural and indigenous students, with the aim of empowering students to realise their full potential.
Teach Learn Grow sends volunteers twice a year, to conduct one-on-one mathematics tutoring during a weeklong visit. The mentoring aspect has proven invaluable to our students.
You Can Do It!
East Kalgoorlie Primary School is a You Can Do It! (YCDI!) School.
The core purpose of You Can Do It! is the development of young people’s social and emotional capabilities. The YCDI! Program teaches children the keys to success and happiness.
The 5 Foundations of You Can Do It! Education
Confidence (academic, social)
Central to the development of these 5 Key Foundations is instilling in young people 12 Habits of the Mind, including:
- Accepting Myself
- Taking Risks
- Being Independent
- I Can Do It
- Giving Effort
- Working Tough
- Setting Goals
- Planning My Time
- Being Tolerant of Others
- Thinking First
- Playing by the Rules
- Social Responsibility
If you would like further information about the You Can Do It! Program, you can visit their website.
Parents - You will find many great resources on the You Can Do It! Parents website
Centrecare – Protective Behaviours
EKPS aims to provide a Protective Behaviours program to Pre-Primary and Year 1 students as a part of the Health and Physical Education Program. This program is currently being provided by Centrecare.
Protective Behaviours, is a personal safety program based on the themes
“We all have the right to feel safe at all times” and ‘We can talk with somneone about anything no matter what it is” Protective Behaviours is a program that helps to build resilience in children by providing strategies they may need to identify risk, and to deal with situations in which they may feel unsafe.
It can provide the basis for helping children and young people be safe at school and take pleasure from their learning. It can also help everyone learn to stay safe from the risks that surround us in our everyday life.
Circle of Security
Circle of Security is an early intervention program for parents and children that focus on the relationships which give children emotional support. EKPS uses Circle of Security as a basis for relationship building with students. The school offers training to families and aims to have staff trained to deliver this program.
Circle of Security aims to provide secure base for children based on positive attachment, attending to the child’s needs, through the process of:
Delight in me
Organise my feelings
NAPLAN is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken every year in the second full week in May.
NAPLAN at EKPS is used to monitor how students are tracking in comparison to other students at like schools. Due to the small cohorts of students tested, the difference in student cohorts and the transient nature of our school NAPLAN is only used as an indicator for our data collection.