Our School - Mainstream

 

Trinity Gardens School is a reception to year 7 school. The school has continually been growing steadily each year. Class arrangements across the school vary, including multi-age composite classes and single year level classes both in the Steiner and Mainstream education within the school.

As at October 2018, the class placement/enrolment process has now closed.  The school is at capacity and will not be accepting further enrolments for 2019.  The school leadership team is working with the Department for Education to manage future enrolments.

 

School Zone

For more detailed zone information, please click here

 

Fees

For the latest Mainsteam R-7 fees, please click here

 

School Times

School begins at 8.45 am when children enter their classrooms.

11.00am Recess

11.20am Recess ends

1.30pm Lunch begins

2.00pm Lunch ends

3.00pm School dismisses

Staff will be on duty from 8.25 am, during recess and lunch breaks and after school until 3.20 pm.

 

Class Arrangement

Changes to when children can start preschool were introduced in South Australia in 2014. All children start preschool and school on the same day, the first day of Term 1. This brings South Australia into line with all other states and ensures that all children receive four terms of preschool and four terms of reception.

 

From 1 January to 30 April - Children can start preschool Term 1 of the year they turn 4 and start school Term 1 of the year they turn 5.

 

From 1 May to 31 December children can start preschool Term 1 of the year after they turn 4 and start school Term 1 the year after they turn 5.

 

Classes across the school may be composite. Multi-age grouping is one strategy that supports teachers in providing quality education for students. Multi-age groups also provide opportunities for children to:

  • work together and learn from each other.
  • work at their own rate, experience success and acknowledge the success of others.
  • accept, value and care for others as individuals.
  • be in the same class as other members of the family group
  • foster a ‘sense of community’ as they share the responsibility for learning.

This way of organising classes assists schools by:

  • providing more options for placing children and teachers
  • allowing junior primary classes to begin the year with a small group of children and admit reception children throughout the year
  • providing flexibility in class structures to provide for needs of individual children and identified groups enabling even class sizes and even distribution of boys and girls across classes.

 There is flexibility across the school for older students to work with younger students (buddy classes), and for students to be extended through programs such as: Higher Order Thinking Skills, WRAP - Writing & reading Assistance Program and Negotiated Curriculum. The students also participate in Student Action Teams that meet regularly to co-ordinate ways to improve our school and environment. The students are also put into a House team when they enrol in the school.

 

Communication

A fortnightly electronic newsletter is provided in the odd weeks of term. Class teachers also print a regular newsletter. Please also remember to check the noticeboards outside your child/ren’s classroom/s for further information about upcoming community events.

Accessing the school online is available via this website, for parents/caregivers the parent portal is available via the skoolbag app - skoolbag.com.au

 

Reporting Student Achievement

The school reports on students’ progress throughout the year in a variety of ways:

Aquaintance Night at beginning of Term 1

Term 1 – 3 way conferences between Teacher/Parent/Student

Term 2 – Written report which is included in the student’s report folder.

Term 3 – 3 way conferences

Term 4 – Written report on academic progress.

 

Parent Involvement

Parents are welcome to participate in school programmes through Governing Council, the Learning Assistance Programme, sports coaching, classroom assistance, coordination programmes, grounds development, workshops and information sessions, fundraising activities and social events.

The School Governing Council meets twice each term, and meetings are open to all interested parents. Council committees meet regularly between Council meetings. Nomination for Council Committees is encouraged each year.