Teaching and Learning
Literacy and Numeracy Program
Intervention Programs used at Clarendon include MultiLit, MiniLit, TooSmart and Reading Doctor.
At Clarendon Primary School we work to establish conditions for learning that most suit a child’s developmental stage, ability and learning disposition in a way that enables them to make progress towards achieving personalised learning goals.
Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technologies are integrated across the curriculum and used in ways to enhance student learning. Students may, at different times, use laptops, desktops, iPads, tablets, video cameras and still cameras to access curriculum content. We believe that ICTs should be used to create, process, innovate, present and share ideas, learning and thinking. All use of ICTs at Clarendon must be done in accordance with our user agreements and policies. See our Mobile Tech Policy on this page.
Child Protection Curriculum
All teachers at Clarendon Primary School are trained in the delivery of the child protection curriculum. It is expected that each year, the CPC is delivered according to national and state guidelines.
Autism Inclusion Teachers
Autism Inclusion Teachers are a new, nation-leading initiative that aims to build educator understanding and knowledge around supporting autistic children and young people.
Every public primary school in South Australia has appointed an Autism Inclusion Teacher. Our Autism Inclusion Teacher is our school principal Regan Birrell, who will take on the role 1 day per fortnight.
Autism Inclusion Teachers will build their own teaching expertise, knowledge and understanding of autism through engaging in formal learning offerings and participation in the Autism Inclusion Teacher networks. To improve knowledge and practice across the school, Autism Inclusion Teachers will then be encouraged to share their learnings and resources with their colleagues to utilise in teaching autistic children and young people in their own classes.
Visit the Department for Education website to find out more about improving support for autistic children and students.
Clarendon Primary regularly participates in sporting activities throughout the year. Some of these include: swimming, netball, T-20 blast cricket, cross-country, soccer, hockey, football, athletics, tag rugby and rugby league. Children in Year 6 & 7 are generally given priority in selection for sports teams, however, children in Year 4 & 5 may be invited to participate where appropriate. Teams are entered into various SAPSASA competitions and have produced some excellent results over the years.
Students in our Year 6/7 Class have a ukulele program which was introduced at Clarendon a few years ago. Each student is issued with a ukulele to use during their time in the class, which is traditionally presented to them as they conclude their primary schooling. It is amazing to watch their transformation from the beginning of each year to the end, as they become more dextrous and confident players.
DECD instrumental music tuition is often available. Currently Sully Heil teaches students guitar on Thursday during class time; the lesson times are altered each week to ensure students do not miss out on the same subject each time. The guitar lessons are generally one-on-one, however, there is also one group of three students who learn together.
Each year we celebrate Book Week with activities focused on reading and the library. In past years this has involved book making, storytelling, parades, performances and a variety of events involving students, parents and the community. Book Week is usually celebrated during Term 3. Check CBCA Book Week for information about the theme.
Camps / Excursions / Incursions
End of Year School Concert
Grandparents' (Elders') Day
ICAS/Westpac Maths Competitions
In 2014, one of our Year 4 students won the SA/NT ICAS medal for the highest score in the English Test in SA/NT.
We are a sun safe school, and therefore sun hats must be worn during Terms 1 & 4, and during Terms 2 & 3 when the UV is 3 or above.
Resource Centre / Library
Students and parents may use these facilities for class, group or individual research. Students are issued with a card when they commence at Clarendon Primary. If parents would like to use the facilities to borrow, a card will happily be issued on request.
Borrowing: each class has library time for borrowing. Children may also borrow before school, after school, recess time, lunchtime or during class time as advised by the class teacher. Younger children may need help to use the Bookmark program. Materials may be borrowed for 2 weeks, with the option of extending this time if needed.
Returning: books must be placed in the Returns chute at the main desk to the right of the entrance door to the Resource Centre.
Reference books: these are to be mainly used in the Resource Centre or can be borrowed overnight.
Book bags (library bags): these are a good idea, especially for younger children.
Scholastic Book Club: books can be bought for your children through this club. This happens twice a term and the school benefits from all purchases made. We recommend you do not purchase “gadgets” through the Book Club as we have found that they often do not last.
Please encourage your children to become happy, responsible users of these resources. Enjoy and share their books with them.
Children are encouraged to complete the Premier’s Reading Challenge each year to win certificates and medals. In 2020 our school had 100% participation!
Students with Disabilities
Students compete in three house teams: Thorpe (purple), Freeman (blue) & O’Neill (green) and families are invited to dress in their child’s team colour and come along to support them. Team Spirit is a big part of the day, and children are often seen encouraging those in opposing teams.
This year, Thorpe finally took the crown from Freeman who had won the previous four years running, and Team Spirit was awarded to O’Neill.