On an ongoing basis, and with further development from previous years, our school is committed to fostering environmental values, concerns and positive action supported by daily school practices. Southmoor P.S. offers an integrated curriculum approach, which is child-centred and encourages children to take responsibility by making decisions, solving problems, taking risks and engaging in an inquiry approach to learning.
Our priority of environmental/science education has provided ongoing opportunities for our students to be actively involved in the following initiatives:-
The creation of a Wetlands habitat with three interlinking pond; creating a tiered water garden, shaping a trail of Koori tool, medicine and food plants, extending, planting and remulching our existing wetlands garden and reviewing plans made with a designer many years ago for new 'learnscape' features for Southmoor Primary's grounds in the future.
All these experiences, together with the total immersion of our students in a range of sustainable daily practices ensures that they will develop environmental literacy. This is one tangible way we can ensure that future generations will be well informed and have a clear understanding of the way the earth works, and of our responsibilities towards protecting our planet, so that the natural environment continues to afford a source of fun, creativity, relaxation and adventure.
Our teachers use an inquiry-based approach to collaboratively design implement, evaluate and reflect on integrated units of study for our students. This approach is a powerful way to help students construct significant understanding about 'the way the world works' and to develop important skills in learning how to learn. By using strategies that promote reflection and metacognition, we help students make better sense of both the content and the processes they are using to learn.
A Learnscape is a landscape designed for learning. Student focused, the concept has involved the whole school in creating environments to learn in, about and through. The notion of school grounds as 'learnscapes' is based on the integration of grounds development, with curriculum development.
Southmoor has a Master Plan which details many innovative concepts for the development of individual Learnscapes within our school grounds, in order to take learning beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. Our core values and visioning for sustaining the educational innovation at Southmoor, grounded firmly within our mission as a school, allows for flexible use and interchange of these plans as the future unfolds. Our potential to provide a focus on public education policy is fast becoming recognized from many quarters.
Southmoor's inspiring environmental initiatives are more often planned, created and maintained by our children, demonstrated by:-
Our aim is for our school to be the best... a school without failure, where all children leave school having Identified a talent, a skill, an intelligence, through which they can become whatever they want to be... Children who are both passionate about, and capable of, creating and maintaining sustainable environments, as free-thinking contributors to our global community of the 21st century.