At Newstead Primary School curriculum delivery has a strong focus on English and Mathematics with other learning domains from AusVELS standards being presented through an integrated inquiry learning approach. Our chosen “Language Other Than English” is Indonesian and we focus on both the language and culture. Information and Communication Technology is incorporated into the classroom programmes with interactive whiteboards installed in all generalist classrooms. The school has achieved a computer ratio of 1 to 2 in each of the classrooms with 1:1 technology in the upper grades.
There is a strong focus on the arts, both visual and performing. The arts program emphasises self-expression as well as skill development, appreciation and presentation.
The school offers a wide variety of extra curricula and extension programmes which include excursions, year level camps, whole school choir, bike education, environmental activities, and participation in cluster enrichment days. Students also have the opportunity to participate in music lessons for guitar, woodwind and piano. Families and the broader community have the opportunity to celebrate the students’ achievements through activities such as Grandparents and Friends Day, open days and the annual school concert.
Our school encourages parents to take an active role in their child’s education in a variety of ways, including formal and informal discussions of children’s progress, participation in class programmes, plus excursions and camps, being members of the school council and community relations committee and by maintaining contact in a variety of mediums.