Kangaroo Ground Primary School is on the north-east edge of the metropolitan area in a semi-rural environment where it has provided a continuous service to the community since 1853. Most of the students live in the immediate vicinity living on larger allotments of 8 - 15 hectares. Many people are professionals working in Eltham and in Melbourne with the holdings being mainly hobby farms. Enrolment is expected to range between 100 and 110 over the next few years. The school is organised into composite classes. In 1998 the enrolment at Kangaroo Ground Primary was 100 with 60 boys and 40 girls.
Kangaroo Ground provides a safe, secure, stimulating, non threatening environment where individual differences are valued. An environment which fosters student confidence and promotes a culture in which students, staff, parents and other members of the community display a sense of pride. We aim to provide a broad and comprehensive curriculum within VBOS guidelines which ensures that students are supported and extended to meet the needs and aspirations of each student and aim to optomise student achievement and success by ensuring that each student is challenged, extended and motivated to reach her/his potential. Kangaroo Ground Primary values the partnership between school, home and community. The school and community function in partnership and are actively involved in projects to promote the continuation of the school as a valued and valuable resource within the local and the wider community. Parents are involved in many different aspects of school life such as classroom help, school camps and excursions, sporting activities, chess club through to school council and its committees and their related activities.
Children learn in an environment which is safe, stimulating, and positive and where risk taking, cooperation, effective communication and problem solving is encouraged. Within this environment, students are expected to develop positive attitudes towards peers, adults and to learning. Working cooperatively, showing courtesy, respect and consideration for others. The School is currently implementing a Cooperative School Plan which has been developed by students and teachers as a record of how we behave towards others and wish others to behave towards us. This is discussed, reviewed and signed annually by students and compliments the Student Management Plan.
Teachers work together to provide a positive stimulating environment which enhances learning and where student can develop to their full potential. Where staff, students and parents work together to establish rules and guidelines of the school, ensuring there is an ownership and commitment to their implementation. Teachers provide a comprehensive, sequential curriculum in the eight key learning areas which recognises that individual students develop at different rates, with different learning styles and that promotes inquiring minds and critical thinking skills. In a small school it is essential that all teachers are able to fill classroom commitments and work as part of a team at whole school and community level.
Kangaroo Ground Primary sees coexistent programs such as community awareness, health and drug education, development of self concept and the like, as an important aspects of the school curriculum with programs that will continue to be developed and modified to cater for student needs. As part of our current welfare program, students and teachers at all grade levels are working together to develop the Cooperative School Plan so that it is written in a way that develops ownership, understanding and commitment at all levels. This plan will be reviewed annually. New students and their families will be familiarised with this plan upon their arrival. Other programs that encourage and develop positive interpersonal relationships include, cross-age tutoring, junior school council, school council, and programs where members of the community share their skills such as an elective program, chess club and guest speakers. The small school environment allows students to mix freely with all age groups and provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and leadership roles in a caring and sharing manner.
BELIEFS ABOUT CHILDREN
Our beliefs about the nature of children will determine the way we treat them and the kind of education we offer them.
AIMS OF THIS SCHOOL
The development of the whole child.
To respond to the needs of all children and to compensate for disadvantage.
To provide abundant opportunities for children to experience success.
To provide programs through which children learn to:
BELIEFS ABOUT LEARNING
KANGAROO GROUND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Is a learning community where children and adults feel:
KANGAROO GROUND PRIMARY CLASSROOMS
Are places where:
Our School’s Perspective
In forming our new school goals and priorities it is important to keep in mind the common themes that reflect the school environment at Kangaroo Ground. Here are some perspective’s that I believe represent the values held by this community.
I dreamed I stood in a studio and watched
the sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher, the tools that were used - books and music and art.
One was a parent with a guiding hand and a gentle loving heart.
Day after day the teacher toiled with the touch that was deft and sure,
While the parent laboured by their side and polished and smoothed it o’er.
And when at last their task was done, they were proud of what they had wrought,
for the things they had moulded into the child could neither be sold or bought.
And each agreed they would have failed if they had worked alone,
For behind the parent stood the school and behind the teacher, the home.
Children Learn What They LiveDorothy Law Nolte
If a child lives with Criticism,
It learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility,
It learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule,
It learns to be shy.
If a child lives shame,
It learns to be guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance,
It learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement,
It learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise,
It learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness,
It learns justice,
If a child lives with security,
It learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval,
It learns to like itself.
If a child lives with acceptance
It learns to find love in the world.
‘Don’t Quit’ Paul Hanna
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit -
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a person turns about
When they might have won had they stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another go.
Often the goal is nearer than it seems
To a faint and faltering person;
Often the struggler has given up
When they might have captured the victor’s cup;
And they learned too late when night came down
How close they were to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit -
It’s when things seem worse that you mustn’t quit.