Blair Athol North Birth – Year 7 School is a child centred, technology rich, 21st Century school which caters for 425 children and 70 childcare places which opened in 2011.
We are a growing school community which is rich in many different cultures – there are 42 different languages spoken amongst our children.
The school is one of numerous PPP (Public Private Partnerships) Schools and the amalgamation of Gepps Cross Primary, Kilburn Primary & Blair Athol Kindy.
The new design has enabled us to challenge traditional thinking about school and the learning environments. Collaborative planning & teaching is at the heart of everything we do. Our teachers are called ‘Learning Advisors’, our buildings are known as ‘Neighbourhoods’ and our classrooms are ‘Studios’. The learning spaces, which are technology rich, have been developed to provide learning experiences for the differing needs of children based on the concept ‘Environment/Context as the Third Teacher’. We are wanting to deinstitutionalise schooling for all our learners.
Our vision and philosophy are influenced by Reggio Emilia from Birth – Year 7. We believe all children are capable and competent, have potential and represent their learning in many ways – otherwise known as the ‘100 languages of children’.
We have specialist programs in Dance/Drama, STEM, Arts, Spanish and Physical Education. With such cultural diversity at BANB7 these programs enable all children to express themselves in a range of ways….. the ‘100 languages of learning’.
We believe in contemporary and innovative learning that connects children with real world experiences to improve their foundational literacy and numeracy development. Examples of this include establishing a TV Studio, Radio Station, forest area and the Kitchen/Garden.
Our Children’s Centre is a place of engagement, learning and care for children and families from Birth – 5 years, which offers a range of services and programs including Occasional care & Learning Together Program. We have a Community Development Coordinator & Family Services Coordinator that will work with our Children’s Centre Team to develop programs & services in response to community needs and aspirations.
Belonging, Being & Becoming are central themes to everything we do.
We have three pillars that drive the work we do.
The Pillars are:
- Capabilities and Dispositions we want for our children
- Principles & Elements for Powerful Learning in the 21st Century
- Pedagogies and Practices
We want our children to have the following capabilities and dispositions:
- Critical thinking & Problem Solving
- Creativity & Innovation
- Care for our self, others & planet
- Cultural Understanding
- Curiosity & Inquiry
- Risk Taking
We call these the 7 C’s & the 3 R’s, which equals contemporary and innovative learning.
To achieve the Capabilities and Dispositions we will base our teaching practices on the following six Principles & Elements for Powerful Learning:
- Intellectual Quality & Stretch
- Personalise & Connect
- Assessment & Feedback
- Environment & Spaces
- Future Minded Multimodal Digital Tools
- Wellbeing & Relationships
Our teaching methodologies align with requirements of the Australian Curriculum and our Principles and Elements for Powerful Learning, Capabilities and Dispositions. Our school caters for a range of learning needs and styles, including group learning, collaborative learning, single gender, explicit teaching, and independent learning. There is a focus on personalised learning, inquiry-based learning, design thinking, learning spaces and the use of digital technologies.
BANBi FM is our school radio station run by the students and will soon provide both live and pre-recorded broadcast around the school on FM radio and through internet streaming.
The station will allow students an opportunity to present programs with a variety of focus and interest areas. The station provides a multitude of learning opportunities across the curriculum, with a strong emphasis on literacy (oral language skills, interviewing, persuasive language, information reports) and deepening their understanding of music in context, specifically musical genres and making appropriate musical choices for public broadcast.
The station is still a work in progress as we develop our radio skills through live lunchtime broadcasts and establish an understanding of the equipment and software.
The TV Studio is a very exciting project where children will collaborate in real life learning situations and take on roles such as TV Presenter, Roving Reporter, Camera Person, Sound Technician, Video Editor and Director.
It will involve children working in teams, developing literacy’s during production of programs such as script writing, story boarding and post production including cutting and editing video, adding sound and voiceovers.
Eventually we would like to stream live programs over the internet.
Kitchen Garden Program
Growing, Harvesting, Preparing, Sharing
At Banb7 we are lucky enough to be part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. We have a fully equipped kitchen with a kitchen specialist, Jodi and our garden has been developed with fruit, vegetable and herb beds, and a chicken coup to provide eggs for our cooking. Our garden specialist is Tom.
The program involves children working collaboratively to build and maintain a garden (on school grounds) according to organic principles, and to grow and harvest a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Children will then prepare a range of dishes using the fruits, vegetables and herbs that they have grown.
There are a number of benefits for children that go beyond children enjoying healthy food, but include learning new skills, learning about different cultures, developing teamwork and self esteem, gaining knowledge in environmental sustainability and building knowledge in the link between the garden and the table.
We would like to thank James Potters Landscaping Company ‘Dirt’ for the design and getting donations from companies such as Bunnings, Jeffries and the Port Adelaide Enfield Council.
Download SAKG Foundation Philosophy (PDF, 1MB)
Download SAKG Program Co-ordinator Report (PDF, 303KB)
The school has a canteen. Children or parents order lunches from 8.35am till 8.55am in the canteen, but late orders may be accepted. The canteen provides a wide range of foods and drinks and often promotes ‘specials’. The canteen is open recess and lunchtime. Canteen price lists are available on request from the canteen. If your child forgets their lunch or lunch order they will be sent to the canteen to order lunch. An account will be sent home to you. It is suggested that children do not bring excessive amounts of money to school.
Download Canteen Winter Menu (JPG, 422KB)
|Parent Representative||Diaa Watts, Melissa Goddard, Jocelyn Bevan|
|Community Representative||Shaun Harris|
|Staff Representative||Josh King|
|Children’s Centre Representative||Kim Coyle|
|Business Manager||Sue Sellen|