Offering our students an education rich in diversity and experience is key to the Nairne School philosophy. Our in school engagement programs ensure all students benefit from many different activities to promote learning across a range of areas.
To promote a strong sense of community and responsibility in our school, our reception to year 3 students are ‘buddied’ with middle and upper primary classes. Together they enjoy a range of activities including games, technology, drama, arts and crafts, as well as spending time together during lunch and on excursions.
For students who are interested in learning a musical instrument, Nairne School, in conjunction with the Department for Education Instrumental Music Program, provides the opportunity to participate in tuition-free lessons for select instruments. There are also opportunities for private lessons to be hosted at school, though for these parents are required to pay tuition fees.
Creating a reading culture is a real priority at Nairne School. Celebrating Book Week is one way of involving all students and staff (from preschool to year 7) by dressing up as characters from their favourite books to encourage a love of reading and discovery.
To broaden our students’ cultural awareness, they get to spend some time with some very special guests each year.
Every second year we have Tibetan Monks visit the school for a week to share happiness and wellbeing. They speak to the students through an interpreter, teaching them about Tibetan culture and teaching them traditional crafts. The monks also offer evening and weekend sessions at the school gym for anyone in the wider community who would like to learn about their culture.
Every other year Ngarrindjerri and Peramangk people visit our school. They involve the children in a variety of cultural activities including traditional dance, art, craft and story-telling.
Creating and learning with technology, The Shed gives our students a chance to try their hand at practical skills and crafts. Constructing projects from various materials, such as wood, and with tools including hot glue guns, students from reception through to year 7 have the chance to participate at a level suited to their skills. The children work in small groups, closely supervised by a School Services Officer (SSO). Those with additional needs benefit from extra sessions as part of the “One Plan” Negotiated Education Plans.
To teach our students about sustainable living, we have a seasonal garden where we grow our own fruit and vegetables. The students learn about where their food comes from, composting and sustainable gardening practices. A separate butterfly garden has also provided learning opportunities for maths, science and literacy.
Using fresh produce from our school garden, our students learn how to prepare and cook healthy, delicious meals, while learning about healthy eating and nutrition. Students are also encouraged to consider the impact of food on their environment and use reusable or recyclable materials to store and transport their food.
Nairne School’s Critter Club allows children to interact with a variety of creatures both big and small, from the scaly to the furry and the slimy. Our critters are respected and cared for and form an important part of the curriculum through education and hands on experience. At Nairne we strive for excellence in the virtues of kindness, empathy and respect and this is shown throughout Critter Club.
We have a Learning To Live Sustainability focus, which involves students, staff and parents. We are committed to caring for and learning about our environment. Our Engagement Programs are often focussed on work in the Nairne community, but sometimes we get involved in outdoors programs and in overseas projects. We all feel very passionate about taking care of our world so it can be shared with others.
In term 4 of each year, we run swimming lessons for our students. Reception to year 2 students use our on-site pool and are coached by a qualified swimming instructor, while our year 3-5 students are transported by bus to the Woodside Pool.
Our year 7 students have access to the Murraylands Aquatic Centre as part of their annual Murray Bridge camp, with a 2 day aquatics program.
All students use our on-site pool as part of their fun and fitness program in terms 1 and 4.
Camps and Excursions
Nairne School encourages camps and excursions as part of our students’ learning programs. Not every class gets to go on a camp every year, but we support as many excursions as we can for all classes. Some of our more recent school camps have included: Zoo Snooze at the Adelaide Zoo, Monarto Zoo, Naracoorte Caves and Arbury Park Outdoor School in Bridgewater.