Primary

Welcome to Primary!

Primary school (Transition to Year 6) is an important stage of a child’s life, as teachers work together with parents to achieve academically and develop character.

At Palmerston Christian School, students are not only encouraged to reach their academic potential but are nurtured to become all that God has created them to be. This means developing their God given talents, teaching God’s Word and encouraging and giving opportunities to serve.

Currently we have composite classes with the curriculum differentiated to meet student need across each year level.

Our literacy program has a phonics approach which very quickly equips the children with the necessary kick start to reading and writing and therefore to their entire school life.

Although PCS does go to Year 10 (and Year 11 in 2021), Year 6 is seen as an important year and a year of the culmination of primary years at school. Opportunities for leadership and service are given and encouraged. There are Primary House Captains and student representatives at formal functions and assemblies.

Class sizes will vary but most years there are approximately 25 students in each class. This optimum class size allows for grouping within the class and for teachers to cater more effectively for individual needs. Children are assessed diagnostically on commencement at PCS so that immediate feedback is available for the individual child. This allows for the placement of the child in the appropriate group in his/her class; offering extension or remediation if necessary.

Testing

Children are tested and reports given to parents in Years 3 and 5, as per NAPLAN testing. We conduct regular school wide diagnostic testing in reading, spelling and mathematics and students results are recorded and tracked for individual and growth and for assessing and modifying classroom programmes. Students are given the opportunity to enter various competitions throughout the year either individually, as a group or as a whole class.

Parent Help/Support

Parents are valued members of our school community. There are many ways you are able to contribute: changing home readers and hearing children read, helping in class with art or cooking, or even as a guest speaker in your area of expertise. Parents can also serve in fund raising activities and special one-off events.