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Teaching and learning

lessonsLearning is a life-long undertaking which allows children and adults to make positive contributions to society. As an inclusive learning community, Burpengary State School, offers an educational program founded on the belief that all children have the ability to learn. Our learning community engages all stakeholders working together in the best interest of each student. A deep knowledge of each student, complemented by high expectations, inform teachers’ capacity to meet individual learning goals. We provide differentiated learning opportunities and experiences catering for the diverse range of learners within our school community. 

As an inclusive school we:

  • Support all students to engage with and contribute to our school’s cultures, curriculum and communities
  • Recognise and value the diversity of individuals and groups in our school and community as a strength and context for learning
  • Maximise educational and social outcomes of all students through identification and reduction of barriers to learning, especially for those who experience disadvantage, are at risk and/or vulnerable to marginalisation
  • Promote development of an inclusive curriculum to respond to the needs of all students
  • Aim to equip all students to understand and value equity and diversity so they have knowledge and skills for positive participation in a just, equitable and democratic global society.

Australian Curriculum:

Students from Prep to Year 6 engage with the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Technology, Health, Physical Education and Languages Other Than English. In each of these subject areas students are working towards a National Achievement Standard by the end of the year as published on the Australian Curriculum website. The remaining curriculum area of The Arts aligns with the current Queensland curriculum until it transitions by 2018.

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Japanese

The Language Other Than English studied is Japanese. Students in Year 5 and Year 6 engage in 90 minutes of LOTE per week focusing on the development of their oral and written language techniques in connection with building their cultural understanding. Students celebrate their learning through presentations to their peers and enjoy a long established relationship with our sister school in Japan.Students in Year 5 and Year 6 engage in 90 minutes of LOTE per week focusing on the development of their oral and written language techniques in connection with building their cultural understanding. Students celebrate their learning through presentations to their peers and enjoy a long established relationship with our sister school in Japan.

Music

Burpengary State School is serviced by a qualified fulltime Music teacher and all children participate in the music program each week. A choir, under the guidance of the Music teacher, perform within the school and at various functions and venues across the community. Instrumental music includes a program of brass (trumpet, French horn, tuba, euphonium), woodwind (clarinet, saxophone, flute), strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), guitar and percussion (drums, xylophone, cymbals).  Two teachers provide lessons each week with students from Years 3 to 6 accessing the program. Members from these groups perform in the Senior and Junior Concert Bands and String Ensemble.

Physical education

All students participate in weekly physical education lessons with a qualified P.E. teacher. These lessons are designed to develop skills, fitness, strength, co-ordination and agility. Older students have the opportunity to participate in interschool teams in various sports at gala days. A school athletics carnival is held in Term 2 (Years 4 – 6) and Term 3 (Prep – 3). Swimming lessons for Year 3 are conducted in Term 4 and for Year 4 in Term 1. Students have the opportunity to represent Caboolture District, Sunshine Coast Region or Queensland through QSS.

Kitchen Garden Program

Burpengary State School has a Kitchen/ Garden Program focused on the development of life skills including the cultivation, cooking and presentation of foods. Students across the school access a diverse range of experiences offered through this practical program including; caring for our chickens and collecting eggs, planting, caring for and harvesting seasonal crops and cooking with the fresh produce in our purpose built commercial kitchen.

Learning Engagement Team

At times children require additional educational and/ or social emotional support. The Learning Engagement Team including Deputy Principal, Head of Special Education Services, Guidance Officer, Head of Curriculum (Learning Engagement), Speech Language Pathologists, Support Teachers: Literacy and Numeracy, Special Education teachers and class teachers review student needs to maximise engagement in learning experiences and identify a range of possible support and intervention strategies and resources. This team meets fortnightly and is based on a teacher referral process which requires parental consent.