The school intends to achieve this in an environment which emphasises the academic, social and recreational aspects of education.
Curtin Primary School promotes:
- Creating a safe, supportive, and academically challenging learning environment
- Providing a school structure and programming for diverse academic and social needs
- Developing skills for lifelong learning and a healthy lifestyle
- Incorporating information technology in teaching and learning
- Developing socially acceptable attitudes, values and citizenship
- Understanding multicultural diversity
- Respecting the environment
- Building meaningful student, teacher, parent and community relationshipsPromoting a sense of school identity
Architecturally, Curtin Primary School is of traditional design with individual classrooms. The school has a well equipped hall/gymnasium and specialist rooms for music, art, Indonesian and audio-visual activities. Our library/resource centre is computerised, well resourced and includes an ever-increasing supply of educational games. Our new multipurpose building provides an extra hall, an art and science room as well as a music room.Quality computer resources are available in all classrooms. Our junior and senior playgrounds both have large grassed areas, shaded areas, playground equipment, and students have access to a variety of sports equipment to use during playtimes. As well as having two large enclosed courtyards, one in the centre of the senior building and one in the centre of the junior building, the school also has access to Curtin Oval which is adjacent to the senior playground.
The resource centre is well used by students, right across the school. Classes are timetabled to use the library each week and receive instruction in information literacy, including familiarisation with information and communication technology and research skills. In addition, the library is available for children to access from 8:55 to 9:15 am everyday and from 1:00 pm at lunchtimes, Monday to Thursday. Children are able to use the automated system to borrow and return books, as well as performing their own on-line catalogue searches.
Information Communication Technology
Curtin Primary School has a dynamic Information and Communication Technology Plan and is working constantly to accommodate access to up to date technology. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards (IWB’s) and networked computers, all with Internet capability, using IBM compatible PC’s. The use of ICT equipment is integrated into classroom use across the curriculum. Students in Years 5 and 6 also have access to trolleys of wireless networked laptop computers, which can be used in any area of the school. The students also have access to a variety of digital media, including still image cameras and video cameras.
The canteen opens daily and is administered by the Parents and Citizens Association. Baskets with children's lunch orders are taken to the canteen in the morning and collected at lunchtime. A range of products is available for direct purchase at recess and lunchtime. The canteen closes daily at 1:00 pm.
An after-school care program operates each school day from 3.00pm to 6.00pm. The children are able to go straight from class to the program which is held in the multipurpose building, a distinct advantage, especially for younger students. Activities include a variety of sports, outdoor and indoor activities, catering for all age groups from Kindergarten to Year 6.
The program is managed by the Woden Community Service and details can be obtained by telephoning 6282 2644, or by telephoning the program coordinator on 6285 4444 between 3.00pm and 6.00pm.