Special Programs

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club commenced in 2005.   Our  Pastoral Support Worker approached 5 local Churches for volunteer assistance to run the Club one morning per week. 

Breakfast Club operates each Wednesday morning from 8:15am to 8:45am and is located in the school hall. 

About 50+ students attend each week, and our School Community believes it has been very successful in providing a healthy breakfast for students who for a variety of reasons, do not access this at home.  

We implement DECD Healthy Eating Guidelines in available food choices.

We acknowledge the support of local churches. families and business in the local area.  

Our students, parents and teachers enjoy the community aspect and friendship with our volunteers, at our Breakfast Club mornings.

WETLANDS PROGRAMS

Students research during 2008 led them to consider the plight of the Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon, an endangered native fish. They identified a need for clean, easily monitored natural environments to house these fish.

Students suggested that Warradale develop a Wetlands environment to answer this need.  Some under-utilized school land was identified and there was sufficient storm water from roof run off to develop this environment in partnership with Warradale Urban Camp School, Natural Resource Management Board (NRMB), Trees for Life, Bunnings, Bendigo Bank and Marion Council.

In November 2009 the wetlands was planted with the help of our Trees for Life grower, NRMB, students, parents and local business partners.  Within weeks we noticed an increase in birdlife in and around the wetlands and over the summer holidays the local provenance plants grew quickly.  Some macro invertebrates have been introduced to the water and we are working with the NRMB to develop water quality for the introduction of native fish, including the Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon.  These fish were introduced to the ponds in 2010 and have multiplied. The aim is to grow a sufficient stock of fish to be re-released back into the Murray River System.

During 2010, teachers worked to develop learning units based in the wetlands and a student team maintained the area.

 

A series of activity sheets have been developed by the teachers for class use as part of the Science program. The Wetlands is also available to visiting schools and community groups by negotiation.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
Environmental Sustainability at Warradale Primary School students, staff and parent community are committed to the continual improvement of the environment and to reduce our school’s carbon footprint. As part of this commitment the school has undertaken a number of responsibilities in ensuring that our impact on the environment and in particular the reduction in land fill dumping of waste is reduced. The school has taken the responsibility for a number of recycling projects that are managed by class groups from Reception to Year 7. They include:-

Project 1:- Ink Cartridges. These are collected on behalf of ‘Close the Loop” (Melbourne based community group) who ensure that the cartridges are broken down and recycled.

Project 2:- Bottle and Cans. The school recycles all plastic drink bottles cans and milk and juice cartons that display the coin refundable logo. The money received is used by the school to purchase sports equipment.

Project 3:- Vegetable Garden: – The school has eight vegetable garden plots for growing vegetables and herbs. Each class provides compost from lunch scraps for the gardens. The excess produce is given away to community members.

Project 4:-Energy conservation:-The school has installed water saving devices on all wash basins, drinking fountains and toilet facilities. Solar panels have been installed on two buildings and records of electricity consumption can be monitored by the students through the curriculum (e.g. Maths, Science). The school is also participates in community forums relating to environmental issues both locally and state wide. Student representatives have attended youth forums and conferences organised by the Natural Resource Management Education department of the state government.

Project 5:- Kerbside Recycling: – The school is involved with the local council’s recycling program where paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, newspapers, and hard plastics are collected on a fortnightly basis.

NATIVE FOOD TRAIL

Native Food Trail

The school has recently been given a grant to construct a Native Foods Trail and Orchard.

The students will be involved in planting a variety of native fruits and herbs and has connections with the local Aboriginal community of our area.

The Native Food Trail will be located adjacent to the Wetlands so that students from our school and visiting schools can study both the habitat of the wetlands and links with the native flora of our district.

VEGETABLE GARDEN

Vegetable Garden at Warradale Primary School

Vegetable Garden: – The school has eight vegetable garden plots for growing vegetables and herbs. Each class provides compost from lunch scraps for the gardens. The excess produce is given away to community members.

SPECIALISTS MUSIC

At the commencement of Year 3, students are given an opportunity to undertake stringed instrument tuition at school.

Selection to the program is through an audition process.

Taught by Education Department Music Teachers, this program expects that children will continue this tuition through to Year 7.

Lessons are conducted during school time and the students are withdrawn from their general lessons. It is expected that the students will catch up on their general lessons in their own time.

The costs for this tuition are minimal and cover instrument hire and music books. Instrument hire fees are paid in advance. In their final year at the school,

Year 7 students can audition for entry into the Brighton High School-Special Music School.

Children who play with the School Orchestra can audition to be a member of the Combined Primary Schools String Orchestra that performs nightly with the choirs at the South Australian Children’s Festival of Music.

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