Camboon Primary School is an Independent Public School located in Noranda. We cater for approximately 380 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 with our learners coming from 32 different language backgrounds. Our positive and challenging teaching programs and ethos encourage all students to develop the knowledge, skills and values to become successful, confident, and creative individuals. Camboon Primary School has an outstanding reputation for having high expectations of students, in a caring and nurturing environment.
Our students have the opportunity to participate in regional gifted and talented programs and students who need extra support in their literacy development are supported through specialist programs within the school. Such programs include MultiLit and MiniLit; research-based reading and phonics programs for identified students. We have a dedicated student services team comprising of associate principals, a school psychologist and chaplain, who provide a pastoral care program and assist in identifying support pathways for all students, including those with special educational needs.
Camboon Primary School staff implement evidence-based strategies for teaching, including; literacy block (a two-hour, uninterrupted, structured time for English learning which includes the research-based guided reading strategy, and the Talk 4 Writing program); numeracy block (a consistent structure for teaching mathematics); and effective teaching strategies, based on Visible Learning research.
At Camboon Primary school each child is treated as a valued individual. Our school motto of ‘Courtesy and Consideration’ is enacted through the adoption of high quality mental health and well-being programs. These programs include SDERA’s Bounce Back and Challenges and Choices programs, the Friendology program and a focus on the explicit teaching of learner dispositions, whereby students make positive choices about their learning.
Literacy is celebrated through Book Week and ongoing reading reward programs, and we also celebrate the STEAM learning areas (science, technologies, engineering, art and mathematics) through a dedicated week of activities. The school celebrates indigenous histories through NAIDOC Week and its multicultural community through Harmony Day events and learning experiences. Camboon Primary School is a Waterwise school and promotes environmental awareness through involvement in Water Week and a number of recycling programs. Incursions and excursions that further enhance student learning and participation are also included in our busy calendar of events.
Students have many opportunities to undertake leadership duties, including being student councillors, faction captains, equipment monitors and members of the school’s Social Justice Committee. These students mentor younger students in the playground, fundraise throughout the year to support our sister school, Amphet Phnom in Cambodia, and undertake sustainability activities.
We are proud of our reputation for offering a diverse range of subjects including music, visual arts, Italian and physical education, all taught by specialist teachers. We have an active school choir that participates in state-wide events and performs regularly in the local community. Our students have the opportunity to participate in team sports against other local schools and have access to a range of specialist sports programs throughout the year. Students also participate in high quality dance and drama lessons in alternating years. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to participate in a number of after school activities such as chess, coding, tennis and orienteering.
Students are presented with merit and endeavour awards for demonstrating positive attributes both in the classroom and the playground, and special recognition is also given for academic, artistic and sporting excellence and effort. Each month, we recognise outstanding contributions made by individual students through the Aussie of the Month program.
The Camboon Primary School Board is the governing body of the school and consists of parents, school staff and community representatives. The role of the School Board is to ensure the school meets identified goals and signs-off the school’s Delivery and Performance Agreement. The School Board has a strong relationship with the school community and leads conversations about key issues and challenges in education. The school has recently released its exciting new Business Plan for 2018-2020, outlining key strategies and goals for the three-year period.
The Camboon Parents and Citizen’s Association (P&C) are a dedicated group of parents who work tirelessly to support the endeavours of the school. They run a successful canteen three days a week, a uniform shop, weekly school banking and a variety of other social and fundraising events during the year which benefit the students, the school and the local community. The school has an on-site day care provider that offers both before and after school care for students, as well as vacation care. Our school is located near a wealth of community services and facilities including a child care centre, local athletics centre and district netball association courts.