Kyneton Primary School is proud of its achievements in student learning and the growth that our students make over their time at our school.
Our 2012 our NAPLAN results show improvement especially in the areas of reading, spelling and grammar and punctuation at the Year 3 level. At Year 5 level, there is significant improvement in reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation and numeracy.
The school comparison of cohort from year 3 to year 5 shows above average growth especially in the areas of reading, spelling and numeracy. This highlights how our school is making a real difference in improving the performance of our students.
Our school has a continual focus on using data to determine the individual needs of each student. Teachers design explicit learning experiences that scaffold on each student’s current knowledge base.
Kyneton Primary School staff are also ongoing learners who keep abreast of best practice in education and strive to develop teaching and learning programs that match the needs of all students.
In 2013 we will focus on providing a consistent approach to explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy skills so that all students experience success and are developed to their fullest potential.
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND WELLBEING
On the Attitudes to School Survey undertaken by year 5 and 6 students, their sense of connectedness to peers and student morale is high. Our year 5/6 students in 2011 indicated that they feel happy and positive positive at school. They rate classroom behaviour as excellent and indicate that they feel safe at school.
Our focus in 2013 is on continuing to improve student perception of the importance of education in their lives. We will also continue to focus on improving students’ regular attendance through regular communication with parents and students.
Our school uses Restorative Practices as a means of helping students. This process is based on the development of a healthy relationship between teacher and student. Restorative practices assist teachers, students and parents to build, maintain and restore relationships. Students build the capacity to self regulate their behaviour which contributes to the improvement of learning outcomes.
As a result, student and teacher surveys have shown that they work in a stimulating, safe environment where teaching and learning is of prime importance.
STUDENT PATHWAYS AND TRANSITION
The Transition Program at Kyneton Primary School is regularly rated by parents in the annual parent Opinion Survey as a significant strength.
Our School offers transition sessions for both new prep students and those new to our school. Kyneton Primary School has a strong Buddy program that matches new preps with a senior student who forms a solid, supportive relationship with them. The school has great links with both the feeder preschools and local secondary schools. Throughout the year, there is a range of cross campus activities. These are a major tool in preparing students for a new campus but also strengthen the bonds that are developing in line with the K-12 Kyneton Education Plan and the development of a new vision for government schooling in Kyneton.
Kyneton Primary School is also conscious of the need for transition between year levels and works to make certain that students are placed in the learning community that is most appropriate for them. Teachers regularly meet to moderate and ensure that there is a smooth and supportive progression of teaching and learning across the year levels.