At Grace Primary we offer a number of services to support students of talent, students with needs and those wishing to extend themselves in leadership and general new skill acquisition. Our primary goal is to support and guide each student to help them be the best they can be.
The Learning Enrichment Program at Grace Lutheran Primary School provides additional learning opportunities and support for Gifted and Talented students. These opportunities exist in addition to the extension opportunities provided within the daily classroom context.
Student enrichment occurs from Year 2-6 in the subjects of maths and English. Students are selected to participate by their results from internal testing and teacher referral.
Student learning support
At Grace Primary we support a range of students with various needs. Some students have what is known as an Education Adjustment Profile (EAP) which covers areas like:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Intellectual Impairment
- Physical Impairment
- Vision or Hearing Impairment
- Speech & Language Impairment
- Social Emotional Disorder.
Other areas of need may include:
- English Language Learners
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Heritage
- Attention Difficulties
- Processing Difficulties
- Dyslexia or Dysgraphia
- Learning Differences or Difficulties.
Students are supported in a number of ways as determined by the evidence and data collected and the suitability and requirement.
Students at times enjoy supervised lunchtime clubs where they can learn a new skill or improve upon their ability and meet other students from different year levels. All lunchtime clubs have a teacher supervising them and the particular focus is always on fun, friendship and freedom. Each club runs for the lunchtime half hour play session from 10.40 am to 11.10 am.
Some of the lunch-time clubs have included:
- Chess club
- Drawing club
- Basketball club
- Rope Skipping club
- Board Games club
- Social Support club
- Year 1 Inside Play club.
Parent support in various clubs is a welcomed and valued support.
Leadership opportunities exist for students in Years 4 through to 6 as members of the Student Representative Council (SRC). This groups meets regularly to consider and plan various activities to raise funds for a number of charities, promote awareness days and contribute to school community life.
Year 6 students act as student leaders and take on a number of leadership roles in the school.
Our School Captains for 2020 are Samantha Coghlan and Max Cunningham. We are proud of their efforts and leadership qualities.
Grace Primary supports students from Prep to Year 6 through specially planned transition experiences.
Transition to Prep
Pre-Prep children and families experience transitions to Grace Primary when they come to:
- Principal Tours
- Excursions to Grace Prep
- Parent Orientation Evenings
- Orientation mornings.
Prep students are given gradual support from Term 1 to Term 4 to transition further to the school grounds with the support and guidance of their Year 5 school buddies.
Transition from Year 6 to Secondary Schooling
Year 6 students also experience secondary transition opportunities to Grace College in the following manner:
- Parent and student information evening about Grace College
- Grace College teacher visit for a ‘Meet and Greet’ time
- Grace College and Grace Primary combined instrumental workshop and performance
- Grace College Open Morning
- Year 6 excursion to Grace College.
The January transition experience is one of the most important transition times for our students and is very valuable for:
- The one to one visit for student and teacher so that the student can meet their teacher for the year
- Students see their classroom and can freely move around the room to gain a sense of belonging and welcome
- Students work out the layout of the classroom and the items in the room and the expectations for the class