Learning at Glen Park

Glen Park is very well-resourced with abundant teaching resources, learning tools, ICT and a library second to none. Our focus is predominantly and unashamedly on Literacy and Numeracy and on using ICT to support that learning.

We have a one to one iPad ratio and the seamless implementation of that into a powerful learning tool for students was the focus of our previous strategic plan.

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  • Literacy & Numeracy
    Literacy & Numeracy

    We place a strong emphasis on numeracy and literacy which we integrate into general studies.

  • LOTE - Japanese

    We offer a LOTE program for all students.

    Kirrily is teaching our students Japanese. We are learning about Japan as well as studying greetings, colours, numbers and writing in Japanese.

    We have access to the resources (teaching and material) of our regional MARC Van and teacher, Katie White.

  • Excursions

    We organise four major excursions every year.

    • a Zoo excursion - Alternates between the three Melbourne zoos, Penguin parade, Ballarat and Halls Gap Zoos and the Aquarium
    • an arts excursion – we go to the theatre in Melbourne to see a performance (in 2023 it was Mary Poppins)
    • a science excursion – Often to Science Works but for the next few years we will have full day science incursions by from a scientist from Swinburn.
    • a history excursion – landmarks across the state, museums, Sovereign Hill.

    We also have many smaller local excursions including our term 3 swimming/gymnastics program at the Ballarat Aquatic Centre and a lot more.

    All camps (We send students to Somers every second year) and excursions are free for our students.

    We have the MARC Van (mobile library) visit for a day every fortnight and we also offer tutoring (Now extended to 2024-25) and Music Therapy.

Inquiry Based Learning

We use literature as the focus of our integrated studies and enhance that approach through inquiry based learning (with a focus on questioning, thinking and research skills) designed to have students take more responsibility for the progress and organization of their learning. There is also a strong focus on creative responses to learning and children are provided with ample time and resources to display their creativity and imagination in response to our theme studies.

Children are actively involved in prioritizing and interpreting their learning through a close collaborative relationship with their teacher. (Genuine personalized learning) Their learning is proudly displayed and a portfolio of their learning is maintained enabling them to reflect on what they have studied.

Student Well-being

Student well-being is important at Glen Park and treating children as equal partners in their learning supports an engaged and enthusiastic cohort of students.

It has always been our intention to create and foster a school learning community which values the interaction between and contribution from students, teachers and parents. We have an open door policy at Glen Park where parents and interested community members are welcome to participate in our programs and daily life.

In short Glen Park is an ideal school for ‘children who want to learn’.  A safe and supportive learning environment is the hallmark of Glen Park Primary School.