Aldinga Beach B-7 School Aldinga Beach B-7 School

History

From past to present day: Aldinga School has a long history with the original school opening in 1856, located on the corner of Port and Quinliven Road. In 1980, the school relocated to its current site and the building was opened in 1981. The schools celebrated 150 years in 2006. The school operated as two schools Junior Primary and Primary from 1986 to 2008. In 2008 the schools amalgamated to form its current school, Aldinga Beach B-7 School catering for students from Reception to Year 7.

Enrolment trends and growth data: The school has grown from 300 students in 1980 to its current enrolments of 653. In recent times, enrolments are escalating as a result of the abundant housing developments in the Aldinga area. The school is located approximately 45km from Adelaide in a seaside, semi-rural suburb with the catchment area, largely from the Aldinga and Sellicks’ regions.

Programs

Class structure and programs: In 2014 we commenced the year with 27 classes, 11 across the junior primary and 16 primary classes. Classes are a combination of straight year levels and composite.

We have a stable leadership team and highly caring and professional staff with a blend of expertise and experience. We offer specialist programs in music, physical education, Japanese and indigenous studies. School Support Officers provide a range of administrative and student support services and are also highly experienced and competent.

High quality learning and team work: The school provides high quality learning programs for students with an emphasis on a targeted and differentiated curriculum with ongoing monitoring and feedback of achievement levels for every student. Students are challenged to achieve high standards with appropriate support. We acknowledge and support diversity and focus on our core values of respect, responsibility and positive relationships.

Teachers work collaboratively to plan and program a rich learning program with an emphasis on the development of literacy and numeracy skills, personal wellbeing and encouragement for all students to achieve their very best learning. Support and intervention programs are also offered from Reception to Year 7. Our performing arts and sporting programs provide a range of extra curricula activities which are well supported with parental involvement and through our volunteer network.

Development

Grounds and facilities: The school is undergoing a series of upgrades to its grounds and facilities. Both middle school and primary students are housed in brick buildings with computer suite facilities, a wet area and small group areas for special needs. The junior primary building has recently been refurbished under and now houses 11 classes, each with indoor and outdoor access, a central play area and wet area facilities. Having recently joined the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, a state of the art kitchen and dining area is central to this new building. All class areas provide for flexible teaching spaces and are supported with modern technologies with every class having and interactive whiteboard. Transportable classrooms provide access for specialist programs. Two playgrounds, a netball and basketball court, an indoor multipurpose hall, a large oval and soccer field provide play and sporting areas for students during school time and for after-hours school sports. The administration areas are also undergoing refurbishment this year.

Governance

Parent and student Councils: The school has an active Governing Council and a number of sub-committees supporting key school priorities. Our school actively encourages parental involvement and community support is high. Student participation in decision making occurs through our Young Leader’s program which facilitates student participation in a wide variety of community events. The Out of School Hours Care and Vacational Care programs are popular with families.

Aldinga Beach B-7 School is a great school and I commend it to you. I also look forward to working with you as a member of our school community over future years.