Pre-Primary to Year 6
Class Session Times: Classes commence at 8:45am. School finishes at 3:10pm.
At age five, children move into the Pre Primary program and take an active part in their own learning.
Pre Primary areas have child-scale facilities, natural light and large double doors to facilitate children moving inside and outside throughout their day. At Parklands, contact with nature is seen as crucial for students' development and the School has outdoor spaces that challenge and support children's learning. Landscaping of the Pre Primary and Kindergarten areas contributes to the children's enjoyment and learning.
Parklands School values academic excellence and dedicates the morning of every school day to literacy and numeracy focus. Students are encouraged to work to fulfil their own potential and are given assistance in the form of expert and gentle teaching, quality resources, and individual programmes and attention where appropriate.
Students thrive in class cohorts and mixed age groupings and are encouraged to explore learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom. All the primary classes have easy access to the outdoors, including an award winning timber play structure and slide, as well as kitchen facilities and a range of other facilities indoors. Parents will notice a vitality, joy and freedom for students as they enjoy playing with friends across age ranges.
Students have weekly sessions of specialist learning including Italian, music and sport.
The senior class have weekly off-campus sport sessions including surfing, hockey, badminton and tennis. They also facilitate the Peer Support Leadership Programme across classes from Years 1 - 5.
Parklands School culture is based on cultivating the development of respectful relationships. Students are encouraged to learn to identify and express their needs, and take responsibility to get them met. The one guiding principle is for students to learn to make choices that meet their needs without getting in the way of anyone else. Staff support this process by listening to students and encouraging them to listen to one another. Students enjoy outdoor excursions and involvement with the local community. Local Indigenous elders take part in aspects of the curriculum.