Cape Clear Primary School is a small rural primary school located in the town of Cape Clear, approximately 40km south west of Ballarat. At the beginning of 2019 the school had an enrolment of 32. The school is set in spacious, well maintained grounds and also has access to an adjoining oval. The school buildings and classrooms are in good condition, well maintained and provide plenty of space for student learning. A small learning community means that students are provided with a high level of individual attention and individual learning needs can be closely monitored and well catered for. All students in the school have Individual Education Plan's with specific SMART Goals for Literacy, Numeracy and Personal and Interpersonal Learning.
The school relies upon active parent representation on school council from six families and two staff members. As well as this formal association, the school has a good level of parent cooperation and involvement in afternoon clubs, Parent Helpers in the Literacy Block, working bees, fundraising initiatives, community Christmas Concerts, annual whole school camps and regular sporting endeavours. Staff, students and parents at the school are close-knit and supportive and this is reflected in the opinion surveys.
At Cape Clear Primary School we aim to provide the best possible education for every single one of our students by providing opportunities for our students including:
- Core skills in Literacy and Numeracy skills (our core focus) - Developing strong '21st Century Skills' – Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical thinking skills - Expertise in the use of ICT (integrated in all curriculum areas) - Providing a vibrant specialists Curriculum including Design Technology, Food Technology, LOTE (LOTE) Visual Art, Performing Art, Science and Physical Education. - A strong focus on social and emotional intelligences defined in the delivery of the Respectful Relationships Program.
Underpinning these subject areas is our commitment to delivering a personalised, point of need curriculum for all students. We acknowledge that all students have different abilities regardless of age and background, and that we can cater best for all students if we have a deep understanding of their needs and abilities and design teaching and learning experiences accordingly. We want students to have a deep understand of the content they are being taught and thus provide many varying opportunities for students to create, reason, apply and articulate their learning.
We promote our core values of Commitment, Confidence, Respect and Responsibility with students daily and strive as a community to live by these values in our everyday lives.
• The school fosters close links with parents and the broader school community through its commitment to open and regular communications. • The school commits to the active sharing of its vision and goals to ensure school community engagement in the school’s strategic plan. • The school guarantees all students access to a broad, balanced and flexible curriculum including skills for learning and life. • The school provides a safe and stimulating learning environment to ensure all students can achieve their full potential. • All students will receive instruction that is adapted to their individual needs.
Cape Clear Primary School will continue to empower students to embrace learning, achieve their personal best and build their emotional, social and physical wellbeing.
All of the above statements are important in the learning process - this means that we; - Nurture a love of learning - recognise learning is a life-long skill - take responsibility for learning by encouraging risk taking - provide challenging learning experiences that develop self esteem - acknowledge effort and achievement - encourage children to reach their individual potential - value the opinions and contributions of others - cater for individual teaching and learning styles and - continually monitor progress and report on student progress.
At Cape Clear Primary School we believe that students learn best when they feel safe, valued and happy. Our teaching and learning is underpinned by our four core values of Respect, Responsibility, Commitment and Confidence. These values set the expectation for both students and staff and set the cornerstone on which we build our vision.