Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

During your time at Padbury Primary School, your children may be involved in the following activities, supplemented with support from home.


Padbury Primary School provides Year 3-5 the opportunity to be a part of the school choir. The choir perform at assemblies and special events.

The special instrumental program (conducted via The School of Instrumental Music), which operates in conjunction with our general program, is only offered to students who demonstrate high musical aptitude. The testing is conducted annually and is aimed to discover aptitude to instrumental instruction.

Guitar is offered to Year 5 and 6 students.


1. School timetables will not be altered for music students. Lessons are in school time and students involved in lessons are going to miss classroom time. Students are responsible to catch up on work missed.

2. Practice – Students will need to practice at home regularly.

3. Students are not to withdraw from the programme.

Physical Education


There are 3 Factions –  Mawson (Red), Giles (Blue) and Forrest (Green). Students from family groups will be placed in the same house. Teachers from different year levels are assigned to a faction. Rewards points earned in class for good behaviour are tallied each term and the winning faction  gets rewarded, eg with a sausage sizzle.

Cross Country Running/ Running Club

Each year students are selected to compete in the Interschool Cross Country event. Traditionally held at MacDonalds Reserve in Term 2.

During Terms 2 and 3, students and parents are invited to train as part of the Running Club. Running Club is held before school twice a week and is a fun way for everyone to stay fit with friends and family.

Faction Athletics Carnival

During term 3 the Athletics House Carnival is held on the school oval. It involves all students from Pre-primary to Year 6.  Students from years 1 to 6 may be selected to compete in the Interschool Athletics Carnival.

Interm Swimming Lessons

Students from Pre-primary to Year 6 participate in ten, 45 minute swimming lessons organised and run by trained swimming teachers at a local aquatic centre during school hours. Tuition is free but parents are required to pay for transport and pool entry.

Languages Other Than English

Students from Years 3 to 6 are taught Japanese by a specialist teacher.

Students at Educational Risk

The Department of Education & Training provides for students at educational risk (SAER). Students considered to be having difficulty are referred to the School Psychologist for assessment.

After consultation with parents, the School Psychologist, in conjunction with the teacher, recommends the most desirable course of action for the student.

Students at Educational Risk may be either low or high achievers have an ‘Individual Education Plan (IEP)’ which outlines the educational outcomes expected to be achieved each term.

Gifted and Talented Programme – (PEAC)

The Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) program provides enrichment and extension activities for exceptionally able children in Years 5 and 6. All Year 4 students are assessed in Terms 2 or 3 by a school psychologist.

Parents have the option to notify the Principal if they prefer their child not to be assessed. Students who are identified in the 98th percentile and above are eligible to nominate for a PEAC course.

There are three rounds of PEAC courses run each year and students are given the opportunity to nominate their preferences from approximately 20 courses.

Assemblies – Class and In-House

Generally class and/or In-House assemblies are held every second Thursday commencing at 9.00am.  Duration is approximately 35 minutes.  Each class hosts one assembly per year. The Term Planner and the Newsletter, advises in advance who will be conducting the week’s assembly.

Excursions / Incursions

Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in activities in and outside the school to supplement and support class and school programmes.  Parents will be advised and permission sought on any occasion that students leave the school grounds.