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Opportunities for Students

Launching into Learning

An exciting range of rich and varied opportunities for learning and play are organised by our Early Learning team for the youngest members of our school community to recognise that learning starts from birth to 4 years.

Children and parents are invited to attend any or all of our sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays. Each session has a slightly different format but all focus on building confidence and independence and helping to ready children for the transition into kindergarten. Specific sessions are organised for pre-kinder children as they prepare for their start to kindergarten.

Perth Primary School is a proud member of the B4 Coalition, recognising the critical importance of the early years of a child's life to their future success. B4 Coalition supports high-quality learning and care experiences for all Tasmanian children from pregnancy to age 8. We look forward to meeting you and your child at our Launching into Learning sessions. Further information is available from the office

MYTERN

The language and ideas of MYTERN are well embedded across our school and assist students, staff and parents to keep control of their emotions as they manage the range of feelings, which are a normal part of life. MYTERN has made a huge difference in helping children to take control, and to be responsible for their own actions and behaviour whether they are travelling on red or green roads. It is an important element of our Respectful Schools culture and has provided a consistent language to talk about what is going well, what's not, and how we might take some action to improve things. Resilience and growth mindset also link well to the concepts of MYTERN as children identify traps and tools to help themselves regain control. Ensuring that children understand the concepts and use the language often is important so that its use is comfortable and confident when needed to resolve red road challenges.

Chinese

All grade 3 - 6 students learn Chinese in lessons, which are streamed, live from Beijing via the Internet. This interactive way of learning has been very successful and many students are now developing fluency in Chinese after just two years of study. Learning a foreign language has many benefits, including an understanding of another culture and tolerance towards those who are different. Graduates fluent in Chinese are in strong demand in many fields of employment and careers as well as many casual summer jobs in Tasmania's tourism industry, making the study of Chinese a wise choice. Perth Primary School offers students learning opportunities, which will prepare them well for their future success. Learning Chinese is one example of this.

Daily Physical Education

Daily PE is a highly visible sign of our strong priority on Student Wellbeing. There are smiles all round as students begin each day with a 15-minute session of vigorous exercise, with activities led by Grade 6 leaders. The research is quite clear that regular daily exercise patterns developed during childhood contribute to a healthy lifestyle. There are also strong links between rigorous exercise and concentration and learning, so starting each day with a fitness run or some other skills or outdoor activity is a win-win all round.

Esk Band

Esk Band offers students the opportunity to learn a band instrument in small group tuition. This is a co-funded program between parents, the school and the Department of Education and offers exciting musical opportunities for interested students. Our students have made excellent progress and are sounding fantastic. The PPS band performs at times in assembly. Parents are invited to a gala end-of-year performance, which features all band members from across northern schools performing together.

STEM

Children love STEM - but as well as exploring and solving a range of challenges they are gaining valuable skills and developing high-level capabilities, which are highly sought by employers. STEM includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics. All classes Foundation - Year 6 have a weekly STEM session. Digital Technologies and Robotics are also included in some STEM sessions and these challenges are highly motivating for students. These curriculum areas require specialised knowledge and we are most fortunate to have teachers with these areas of interest and expertise.