Fawkner Primary places great emphasis on activity-based learning where the children learn by doing. This is particularly so in our Science and Environment programs which the children enjoy immensely.
There is an excellent tone in the school, with very few discipline problems existing. The teachers and children know each other well and hence an excellent working relationship exists. The children get to know each other, and through activities such as Buddies program, and special activities, learn to work together in a co-operative way.
Our children are actively involved in learning about the world around them, through active research work but also hands-on experiences. Our various gardening projects around the school, including tending our vegetable patch and gardens are good examples of this. A few years ago we were judged as the Northern Metropolitan Region winner of the School's Garden Awards, highlighting our interest and success in this area.
The school offers great facilities including new gas heating and evaporative cooling throughout the school and a safe, large, activity-based playground.
In keeping with community expectations we provide carefully planned programs through which individuals can experience success and children are encouraged to do their best at all times. The values of caring and tolerance nurtured in a small school environment have always been maintained.
Our curriculum programs embrace the eight key learning areas. Our previous Charter priorities of English, Maths and Information Technology have ensured these curriculum areas are well catered for and this focus is continued with English and Maths being the priorities of this Charter period. Our school follows the state-wide Early Years and Middle Years initiatives to provide high quality intensive English and Maths work as well as a strong focus on Integrated topics.
Classroom programs are supported by English as a Second Language, Corrective Reading, Reading Recovery, Bridges, Bright Futures and Integration Programs where required. To enhance classroom programs, children also participate in Inter School Sport, Swimming, Camping and Excursion Programs, experience Visiting Artists and Performers, as well as becoming involved in special whole school activity weeks.
As further support we provide children with ready access to a wide variety of maths extension activities, science, language and reading resources, a broad range of audio-visual equipment and a well-appointed library. Our school-wide computer network and networked computer laboratory is providing children with ready access to information technology. Each class has timetabled sessions in the Lab and children and teachers are encouraged to use this excellent facility whenever possible. All classrooms also have networked computers to be used as part of the Integrated program. Internet access is available and is carefully monitored to ensure educational outcomes are achieved.
We believe we offer an excellent all round education where the childrens’ needs are always of paramount importance. The school is dedicated to continuing to provide a quality education for its pupils so that they will become effective members of the community.
We place particular emphasis on the needs of new children, especially our new Preps who are beginning a very daunting phase of their lives. Being a school with a small population but a large area means the Preps have plenty of space to play in and feel comfortable from their first day. We ensure they have friends to play with and older children to help them.