Students at Larapinta Primary School are provided with many opportunities to develop academically, socially, emotionally and physically. A range of experiences are provided in classrooms, through support or resource programs and through extra-curricular activities. We use the Australian Curriculum to guide our classroom and specialist programs.
Two choirs are run each week - a Junior Choir for Year 3 and 4 students, and a Senior Choir for Year 5 and 6 students. It is a voluntary activity and students must make a commitment to attend all rehearsals. The Senior and Junior Choirs compete and perform at the Centralian Eisteddfod, the Combined School Choir at Araluen and in past years have recorded a Christmas Carol for Imparja Television. The choirs also perform at school assemblies and concerts throughout the year. In 2011, the choirs had the honour of being invited to perform with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra at the Alice Springs Desert Park.
Music and Science Specialist Programs
These resource programs are attended by all students in T-6 for 90 minutes each week.
Our music specialist, Belinda Young, provides and engaging 90 minute weekly program with an emphasis on music, dance and drama. Belinda is an expert vocal teacher who conducts our school choirs.
Our science specialist, Shaun Kenneth, runs an interactive 90 minute weekly program that focuses on biological, chemical, physical and earth/space science. Shaun integrates art lessons into his science program for our T-2 students.
We have several programs to support students at the school, including:
- ESL support
- Special Education
- Lexiles Reading Program
- Early Literacy support
Students have access to our well-stocked Library with a wide range of current resources. Students also attend a weekly library lesson with their class and are encouraged to borrow during this time. The library is also open to students at lunchtime.
The Bluearth Leadership program is open to senior students. Bluearth is a movement and activity based program that uses the joy of movement to help children better understand themselves, peers, teachers and the important relationships that exist between them.
Students have access to a wide range of sporting opportunities at Larapinta.
- All classes participate in fitness activities at the beginning of each school day.
- Class teachers have carriage of a physical education lesson for their class each week.
- Senior students participate in Interschool sport activities weekly and an Interschool Athletics Carnival in Term 2.
- The whole school sports day is scheduled in Term 2 each year.
- The Clontarf Football Program provides opportunities for boys in Year 5 and 6 with after school activities and camps throughout the year.
- Students from Transition to Year 4 participate in a swimming program conducted by qualified Austswim instructors for two weeks each year.
Languages Other Than English
In partnership with the Language Centre, our students learn either Arrernte (local Aboriginal language), Spanish, Chinese, Japanese or Indonesian on a weekly basis.
Since 2013, we have been implementing the work of Professor John Hattie. We have developed our school's Effective Learner Qualities and these are on display in each classroom and greet you as you arrive at school in the morning. At Larapinta we encourage students to be: