Welcome to the Ardeer South Primary School website. We hope you enjoy finding out about the exciting programs offered at our school.
At Ardeer South, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of learning for all our students, staff, parents and wider community. We are striving to bridge the gap between the core knowledge that allows students to succeed and create opportunities to gain the skills and character traits required to be innovative, adaptable and emotionally aware citizens of the future.
Ardeer South Primary School has a friendly, welcoming and inclusive environment. We develop happy and engaged life-long learners who enjoy coming to school. We encourage our students to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities available to them through our school program. Families are welcomed into our school community, and in partnership with the staff and the wider community; they make a significant and authentic contribution to the learning journey. We include our students in the learning process by making sure the purpose of learning is clear. We value student voice and give them opportunities for input, encouraging their opinions and fostering the notion of responsibility for them to keep improving what they do. We maintain high expectations within all areas of learning and we have a strong emphasis on the welfare and wellbeing of each individual child.
At Ardeer South, we strive to develop children with a growth mindset as we build on their knowledge and desire to be independent and confident members within and outside our school community. Our school values of Respect, Effort and Responsibility are reinforced daily. The school motto is ‘Preparing for the Future’ and we are developing students as 21st Century Learners. Our class structure allows for explicit teaching and individualised instruction, addressing student needs and collaboration. We value a multicultural community and support the diverse needs and background of our families.
The school grounds are spacious and attractive with an oval, soccer field, playground equipment, sandpits and asphalted/synthetic areas offering basketball, rubberised surface, bat tennis as well as other various games. Administration and staff amenities are incorporated into building Block A with the inclusion of numerous meeting rooms, a General-Purpose Room (with PE, After & Before School Care and breakfast club operating from this space), Art Room, Library, Italian Room, senior classrooms and student toilets.
Block B also provides a range of staff administration areas and amenities, storage spaces, student toilets and junior classrooms (Grade Prep – 4).
All classrooms are resourced for Literacy and Numeracy learning. In 2020, all students in Grade 3-6 received access to a school-owned iPad to support 21st Century Learning, with all other school-owned iPads distributed through the Junior Classrooms. 2020 has also seen all classrooms upgraded with TVs, with access to Apple TVs that teachers can connect to via their laptops or school-owned iPads.
Education programs are based on the Victorian Curriculum. The school provides an educationally challenging teaching and learning program. It integrates the Learning Areas and Capabilities with a strong emphasis on Early Years Literacy, English, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Technologies, Science, The Arts and Languages (Italian). The curriculum places emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy. Other subjects provide a broad offering and include Integrated Studies using the Inquiry Approach. Visual Arts & Performing Arts (alternating via semesters), Italian and Physical Education/Sport are taught by our Specialist Teachers. Our classroom teachers deliver our Science program with a stronger emphasis around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). In the early years, our teachers implement a Systematic Synthetic Phonics reading structure, in the form of the Little Learners Love Literacy program.
Our commitment to continuous improvement and achieving excellence in teaching and learning using a differentiated approach is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Positive and respectful relationships are important with three core values identified: Respect, Responsibility and Effort
In 2020, a ‘Before and After’ school care program was introduced and is operated by ‘SchoolsOUT!’ In addition to this, 2020 also saw the re-introduction of a functioning canteen to support students and families with onsite food and snacks.
The school is committed to providing a happy, stimulating and supportive environment that embraces the parents, extended families and local multicultural community. We strive to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and values to meet their future challenges in learning and social interactions.
I hope you are able to come along and visit our school. We are very friendly and always like to welcome new students and visitors to our school.
If you have any questions about our beautiful school, do not hesitate to call us on 93632768.
Andrea Markham - Principal