Andamooka Primary School offers quality education in a small school setting which is not limited by geographical remoteness. Our staff and families foster a culture of broad horizons and opportunity which value individual students' search for knowledge and personal discovery of practical skills and authentic learning. Providing students with access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce lessons create an opportunity for construction of knowledge to occur. Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one's life and interests. Andamooka Primary School delivers a literacy and numeracy-rich, STEM-focussed curriculum.
Moulding a curriculum around student interest fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates passion to learn. With this in mind, student dialogue about the lessons and units of study are regularly invited and encouraged. When students have ownership in the curriculum, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals.
APS has a whole school wellbeing approach which is fully integrated into our school philosophy and is a focus for all staff and students. We also actively implement the "What's The Buzz?" program for all students, to promote wellbeing and social development. The school maintains high expectations of the entire school to look out for each other and this expectation is embedded in our school values. We collectively understand that without high levels of wellbeing and sense of safety that opportunities for learning are too often impaired.
While we are exceptionally flexible in delivery of curriculum at APS, we are also supremely aware of the need to embed literacy skills to a high level, to place our students in good stead for the rigors of secondary schooling. With our focus on authentic learning and development towards a STEM agenda within our school, there is a strong focus on embedded literacy, while acknowledging and pursuing explicit teaching of literacy to consolidate necessary skills. It can be a tough balance that our dedicated teachers consider and act on every day.
While we don't fully understand what the future will hold for our children, we do know there is a clear trajectory towards high skill jobs that increasingly require strong numeracy skills. At APS, we understand that strong numeracy skills require strong literacy skills, particularly in the fields of problem solving and applied maths. Coupled with the need to embed mathematical basics that underpin all sequential mathematical learning, at APS we focus on ensuring students develop these skils and also have regular exposure to problem solving opportunities to develop the investigative thinking skills and a love for challenge in their learning.