Programs and Facilities
Yarralumla Primary school's programs and facilities reflect its commitment to offering students a diversity of learning experiences in an inclusive environment. Here is a summary of what we provide for our students and learning community.
- Bilingual Italian Immersion program - Kindergarten to Year 6 (50% Italian - 11 hours and 50% English - 11 hours per week)
- 'Italian Experience' optional program (afternoon sessions only in Italian) for students not in the 50/50 immersion program with a stronger curriculum focus in English 9am-1.30pm
- Montessori Cycle 1 program for children aged 3 to 6 in the Montessori Villa
- Introductory Italian for preschool and Montessori children
- Special support programs in English as a second language and early intervention Learning Assistance
- High quality Australian curriculum inquiry-based units of work
- Strong emphasis on literacy using whole language and phonics based programs
- Two Autism Units with separate interior and exterior safe, caring learning environments
- Strong focus on Social and Emotional learning based on the Friendly Schools Plus program, the 'Fish Philosophy' and Mindfulness
- Focus on performing and visual arts with a well equipped 'artists in residence' Art Studio
- Focus on sustainable environmental practices and delivery of curriculum through the Giardino (school garden)
- A music tutor scheme (guitar and piano) and Year 3-6 Music Program (Fife and Drum Band and an Italian Choir)
- Enrichment extra-curricular program every alternate Friday
- Excellent library with a range of texts and readers in English and Italian
- New video conferencing language room
- Redesigned and refurbished classrooms with access to collaborative learning spaces
- Newly refurbished school reception and administrative areas
- State of the art ICT facilities –Macbook laptops, ipads, Promethean and Smart IWBs in every classroom
- Newly refurbished student toilets
- A Creative Arts After School Care Program (Aeoncademy) and YWCA After School Care
In all programs of learning, the critical questions we ask our students and that guide teachers' planning of student learning are:
- What are you learning and what are you expected to learn?
- How will you know when you have learned it?
- How will we work together as teacher and student to help you learn it?
- How will we work together to plan further learning when you already know it?