All students R to 6 participate in a range of specialist programs including Music and Drama, Visual Arts, Physical Education and Japanese, and we maintain a strong focus on student/staff wellbeing.
Staff, students and parents are actively involved in school planning and we have many active volunteers who are central to implementing our progressive syllabus
Lobethal Primary School has a strong tradition in quality music education. We are committed to a rigorous and fun music program that has a dedicated focus on creativity and enjoyment. We know that a solid incremental music program increases our children’s abilities to achieve in all areas of life including higher performance in academic areas. Therefore, we ensure that all children have access to a quality 50-minute classroom music lesson every week with our Early Year’s teachers trained in implementing daily music within the classroom.
All students can access our Instrumental Music Program from years 4-6 where they are taught orchestral instruments and the skills to play in an ensemble.
We also have private instruction in guitar, keyboard and drums available.
Students also can access our choir program from years 4-6 with performances within our school community and in the Hills Music Festival.
As students increase their instrumental and vocal abilities they are able to audition for our school bands, where our enthusiastic band teacher prepares students for community performances. This Includes, ‘Kidstock’, Lobethal Lights and our whole school performances.
At Lobethal Primary School connection, community and collaboration are our focus. Collaborating and connecting with school staff, students and families, as well as Arts professionals, and our local Arts and Heritage organization ‘Fabrik’, we provide a variety of Arts learning outcomes for our students from Reception to Year 6.
We has a very strong focus on learning in nature, with a bush school program for the junior primary students. Making art in nature is an inspiring and healing pastime for our students, helping children to process trauma and develop resilience. It is also a powerful means of expression and storytelling, and art making is often the most natural language for our youngest students and those with special needs.
Exhibitions, community murals, art retreats and cross-curricular projects and performances enrich our students learning in all curriculum areas and deepen our students’ connection with Visual Art. Regular involvement in community exhibitions engenders a sense of pride and a real world outcome for our students.
At Lobethal Primary School, the focus of our Physical Education and sport program is on participation, inclusiveness, skill development, fun and personal development. We strongly value the importance of providing a quality sport and physical activity program. It has a huge impact on a child’s confidence, competence and motivation to be active at school and throughout life.
Physical Education is a vital part of a school curriculum. Not only are there obvious health benefits from having happy, healthy and active students, there are other social, psychological and cognitive benefits from participating in a well-run program of physical activity and sport.
Each class group receives a minimum of 50 minutes specialist PE time a week with class teachers providing daily fitness. Annually Lobethal Primary School students have the opportunity to compete in the Hills district and SAPSASA competitions in sports including but not limited to Athletics, Swimming, football, Soccer and Netball.
We utilise Sporting School initiative to increase student’s participation in sport and to connect them with community sport opportunities.
During outdoor classroom lessons students from R-6 work in small groups with volunteer support to harvest the fresh seasonal produce to use in the ‘Friday Foodies (Yr 6)’ and ‘Taste the Garden (R-3)’ kitchen lessons. Other activities include maintaining and planting out the raised veggie beds, composting and recycling, tidying the chicken coop, nature based art and craft, bug hunting and exploring, planting native plants to attract birds and other habitat species, seed raising seasonal herbs and vegetables.
Students in year 4 and 5 maintain and manage a weekly harvest market stall at the end of school on Fridays to raise funds for the kitchen garden program with the focus on recycling and sustainable products.
Our philosophy in STEM teaching is to ‘Make something that will make a difference!’
STEM is a favourite amongst our learners.
Our ‘design solution’ approach to STEM teaching develops learner’s understandings in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with an ethical and sustainable approach.
Challenges are presented to learners where they must design a solution using a ‘design, make and appraise method’. Explicit teaching in each curriculum area is provided so that learners develop the skill set to be able to create appropriate and innovative solutions. They enthusiastically create their models in a hands on manner using recycled material, digital technology, lego, 3D printing and robotics. They create their designs using sketches and digital technologies.
LPS works in partnership with the University of Adelaide with their ‘ Inspiring women and girls project’ and looks forward to continue to develop our learner’s skills by being involved with their ‘Outreach’ programs. We also work collaboratively with ‘One Giant Leap’ foundation with projects such as comparing seed growth on the International Space Station.