Outdoor education is part of every day at Spirit of Play, as the children are engaged in their environment within and outside of the school grounds. Years 1 to 6 each spends a week on Walkabout, an opportunity to integrate all the curriculum areas in a meaningful exploration of the local environment and visit community organizations. We explore the world and look for occasions and ways of giving back to the land, saying thank you and appreciate this beautiful country.
The children are encouraged to help those younger or less capable than themselves. We have sharing circles to deepen the group's connections and strengthen the children's communication and understanding of the occasions we share. The children have a walkabout diary that allows them to record what we did each week, reflect and share what was right and what was challenging. These books provide the basis for further explorations as we go to the library and internet to research any queries or anything that they have been inspired by out in the bush.
The programs of study listed above are all interwoven into each school day. Literacy, numeracy, language, music, and positive behavior are all taught, practiced, and assessed within a grounded and purposeful context. The context may be provided by, for example, an expedition into the bush, observations of seasonal change, or a story about the original custodians of our land. Group sharing circles aim at deepening the connections within the group. These group circles strengthen the children's communication and understanding of the experiences they share.
The children have a walkabout diary that allows them to record the activities of each week's walkabout session. They reflect and share what was right and what was challenging. These books provide the basis for further explorations to the library and internet, research any queries or anything that they have been inspired by, out in the bush. A community school provides a nurturing environment for individual programs of study. As a small school, we enjoy a healthy family atmosphere. Multi-aged activities and excellent student-to-staff ratios allow us to focus on the students' needs as individuals.
We believe in building a strong school community through family involvement and commitment. The talents, energy, and knowledge of all school community members are valued. Parents help govern the school, offer input into policy and curriculum development, grant writing, and help develop playgrounds and other resources for the children's ongoing use.