Welcome to Elizabeth South Primary School
Elizabeth South Primary School this year celebrates 60 years of quality education. Our school was the first public school established in Elizabeth in 1956. It now serves a community which currently has long term and inter-generational disadvantage with high levels of transience and unemployment. Minor development works were completed at the beginning of last year. Junior Primary and Primary areas that enable classes to work together more have been established, with the two special classes co-located in an area to greatly support student’s needs.
The core values of the school are Respect, Teamwork, Diversity and Challenge, identified through a whole school community consultation process. An ESPS Learning Code has been developed. Staff and students spent six months unpacking beliefs around five statements; We are Powerful Learners, We take Pride, We are Safe, We are Respectful and We are United as a Team. Parent voice also influenced what they believed was important for the school community. The vision and values of the school influence expectations and decision making and the Learning Code underpins the behaviours we believe are important to improve student learning outcomes.
The school improvement priorities for 2016 are Literacy and Numeracy. There is agreement that achievement of the targets is the shared responsibility of all. A continued focus on Positive Education, underpins our work on wellbeing. The Child Protection Curriculum and KidsMatter are embedded into teacher practice.
This year we will be continuing work on our garden project. Last year we continued to improve the garden with a new shed, compost area, chicken coup and further garden beds. At the start of this year further garden beds were established. Kitchen lessons with a focus on healthy lifestyles will continue this year and AUSLAN is currently being introduced to R-7 students as a Language Other Than English.
The construction of the new Sir Thomas Playford Kindergarten has been completed and accommodates the range of programs the old kindergarten provided. Excitement has been building, as we now explore ways that we will collaborate with the kindergarten staff to improve the continuity of learning for children. This co-location has been an important focus for both Governing Councils over the last few years. A lengthy transition from Sir Thomas Playford Kindergarten and other pre-school sites occurred throughout term 4.
Enrolment currently sits on 213 students, with 8 R-7 mainstream classes and 2 two Area Resource Special Classes (R-2 & Yr 3-7). The student population is diverse with 12% (27) of students representing a range of cultural backgrounds. Aboriginal students make up 19% (41) of the school population and 28% (60) students are Students with Disabilities, inclusive of the 20 students in the special classes. Approximately 75% of students are eligible for school card.