Clarinda Primary School, with a population of 384 (May 2019), is situated in a neatly maintained residential suburb, in the vicinity of several large parks and golf courses. Clarinda is located within the City of Kingston, to the south east of Melbourne.
The school community is continually working to maintain and develop the school’s buildings and grounds to provide a safe and stimulating environment for all students. Notable features of our school are a modern well-equipped library, a multi-purpose hall, a large art/craft room, music room and advanced computer learning technology equipment. Facilities also exist for students with physical disabilities.
The school site is large with both active and passive areas for student and community use. The well maintained grounds include two large grassed playing fields, extensive shade areas, sand play, seating and gardens, vegetable garden/chicken coop, netball and basketball courts, two modern adventure playgrounds designed specifically to cater for junior and senior students and a student stage area.
The staff at Clarinda, supported by the School Council, have established an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness towards all members of the school community and visitors to the school. With students from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and in many cases speaking a language other than English at home, our school has embraced multiculturalism, inclusion and equality.
In order that our students may participate confidently and positively to our ever changing society, our school promotes:
- endeavour and perseverance
- interpersonal respect and tolerance
- high levels of achievement
Our school expects that students will learn in a caring supportive environment which fosters the development of:
- self esteem and resilience
- social skills
- responsibility, self reliance and leadership
The school prescribes a seven year sequential comprehensive curriculum in each of:
English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Health and Physical Education, The Arts, Humanities and Language (Greek) with 50 minute specialist programs operating in STEM (Science, Technology, English and Mathematics), Art, Library, Languages (Greek), Music and Physical Education. Networked multimedia computers, electronic whiteboards and iPads™ are in every classroom and support curriculum programs. Individual programs operate within the school curriculum to meet the requirements of students with special needs.
In addition, a wide range of special programs operate to address the specific needs of our student population:
English as an Additional Language (EAL), Literacy Intervention, Reading Improvement, Maths Problem Centre, Science Innovation in Schools Program, Thinking Curriculum, School Concert, Student Choir, Social Skills, Life Education, a Buddy System, Student Council, Perceptual Motor Program (PMP), Inter/Intra School Sport, Camps, Swimming and Before and After School Care. We also provide an innovative pre-school transition program for 3 and 4 year olds.
Parents participate in many facets of school organisation, contribute to policy development and play an active role in the support of curriculum and maintenance programs. Our Strategic Plan priorities are Literacy and Positive Psychology.