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OUR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Yorketown Area School is large enough to provide a vibrant learning community but small enough for personalised approaches. The learning occurs in open, well lit collaborative spaces with touch screen TV’s and a range of devices. Students benefit with small classes, trusting relationships with teachers and cross age learning experiences. Spacious grounds provide a sense of freedom and encompass an agricultural block, Trade Training Centre, Digital Technologies space, two ovals, plant trails and a large gymnasium.

JUNIOR SCHOOL - MIDDLE SCHOOL - SENIOR SCHOOL

RESPECT • RESPONSIBILITY • HONESTY • PERSISTENCE • TRUST

Students enter reception after an ongoing transition from Yorketown Community Children’s Centre. Pre-school students visit the school and the reception class visits the pre-school throughout the year. Formal transition occurs in Term 4 (public schools only have start of year entry). The transition allows students to feel familiar in their new environment and allows staff to get to know the children and families. Staff also use these visits to share teaching methods to ensure common expectations and language that students are familiar with. There is a gentle shift from play based learning which encourages curiosity and questioning to the formality of the classroom. Inquiry or discovery play is used in the reception class as provocations for literacy and numeracy learning.

All areas of the Australian Curriculum are delivered, Spanish is the language taught and students have two lessons per week of physical education (delivered by subject specialists). Evidence based approaches are used in the teaching of literacy to develop phonological awareness, phonics and grammar conventions. Guided reading is the common strategy used R to Year 6 with comprehension monitored 5 weekly using the LiteracyPro lexiles. The Big Idea in Number framework is used in numeracy to develop deep conceptual understanding of the “big” concepts in mathematics. These approaches are used in the teaching of mathematics and in addition, BIiN groups operate weekly. These sessions group students at the same conceptual level and allow “slow thinking” and collaboration applied to mathematical problems. Students verbalise their learning through learning talks and develop the understanding there are multiple solutions to problems.

The learning occurs in a modern collaborative space. Teachers have discrete learning spaces but use a lovely large shared space with bi-fold doors that open the building to the outside. A COLA (covered outdoor learning area) extends the learning space. Each class has access to a wet area for creative tasks across the curriculum. This facility allows teachers to use different spaces and furniture configurations for group collaboration, small group work with SSO’s and whole junior school activities such as assemblies and performances. Outside young students enjoy a large play area with a large sandpit, play equipment, areas with trees and shrubs to explore, large ovals and a basketball court. They have access to junior school only areas or a shared space where they can mix with secondary students.

Students engage in experiences through camps. Odd years an overnight camp to Adelaide to see performances at the Dream Big Festival and even years an outdoor learning camp e.g. Arbury Park.

A transition program between Yorketown Area School, Warooka Primary School and St Columba’s Memorial School ensures a smooth transition into the secondary years. Year 7-9 enjoy flexible learning environments and specialist facilities (Home Economics, Art, traditional Technology Studies center, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) spaces and a large Agricultural area to engage in the Australian Curriculum. As well as the “subject” areas (English, Mathematics, HASS, Science, Technologies, Health & Physical Education and Arts) students engage in “Problem Based Learning” in Term 3 each year.

Students work in cross age groups (7-9) to investigate a problem and develop solutions which they present at the annual Learning Expo. This develops collaborative skills, critical and creative thinking and an understanding that “problems” may have multiple solutions.

Student agency is developed through feedback (student to student, student to teachers and teachers to students), regular goal setting and presenting their learning in a variety of ways e.g. Student Led Conferences, Problem Based Learning solutions at the Learning Expo. The expectation for students to contribute to the school through student voice, electives program, Problem Based Learning and special projects.

Middle school students undertake a camp in June each year in a three year rotation: Adelaide, Rural and Canberra.

The senior years are flexible to deliver a range of face to face options which are enhanced by Open Access, Southern Yorke Peninsula Alliance options and vocational learning. The SYP offers the Football Academy (Stage 1 & 2) at Central Yorke School, Certificate II in Engineering at Ardrossan Area School and Certificate II in Automotive delivered at Yorketown Area School Trade Training Centre. These courses are delivered in a range of ways and students can access them from any school site.

Students start SACE in Year 10 completing the compulsory SACE “Personal Learning Plan” subject. Students are introduced to Entrepreneurial Learning through the SHARK TANK program which is co-delivered with Ardrossan Area School. Year 10 students also have access to some Stage 1 SACE subjects. In Year 11 (Stage 1) students are able to study a mix of year 11 and 12 subjects with options of Certificate courses. A number of Year 12 students get a taste of university study through Extension Studies via Flinders University.

The senior years are designed to give a broad range of learning options to all students to develop the capabilities:

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

STUDENT VOICE

Students enjoy many ways of engaging in school life. There is a formal student voice group formed by elections. This group undertake workshops on leadership and develop directions for the student group. House captains take on responsibility for Sports Day and other whole school events.

 

ELECTIVES

Is an R-12 program where different learning opportunities are offered and run on Wednesday afternoons. Groups e.g. “Debate Club’, “Choir”, “School newsletter and events”, “Sports Day Training” and “Murals”. Students choose from a range of activities each term. Senior students are encouraged to run and/or support groups. Special events e.g. Book Week, Science Week activities are run in this time. Senior classes run activities with students for these events.

 

OPERATION FLINDERS

Is an amazing experience for young people to challenge themselves and develop leadership. YAS sends a group every second year and two of our students have gone on to become peer group mentors.

SPORT

A variety of sports are offered through School Sport. A surf team represents Yorketown Area School in the School Surfing.
Student progress
Progress is monitored with:
Ongoing assessment – all secondary classes use the Learner Management System DAYMAP. Tasks, resources, lesson notes are on Daymap. Students receive feedback on DAYMAP and can share this with their families.
5 weekly progress checks – teachers complete a check. Teachers and students set goals from these checks. Families are contacted if concerns are raised.

 

REPORTING

R-12 Descriptive reports in Term 1 and Term 3
Tick-a-box reports Term 2 and Term 4 (no reports for year 12’s in Term 4)
R -12 Student led conferences week 8, Term 2.
R-11 Learning Expo Thursday Week 10, Term 3