Prep School

Life Education Program

The Prep School welcomed the ‘Life Education Dome’ to Pulteney Grammar from Monday 10 to Tuesday 18 August.

Each class had the opportunity to experience the fun and engaging learning centre as Life Education staff member Bob delivered specific programs to each year level on the following topics:

Years 3 and 4. All Systems Go

  • This module told the story of a futuristic machine that takes a tour of the human body. Students were introduced to the body’s systems as the story unfolded

Year 5. On the Case

  • This module introduced a fantasy world story that looked at the history, effects, influences and pressures of smoking.

Year 6. Think Twice

  • This module included animated vox pop videos to introduce the children to a story relating to the topic of alcohol. The modules included information on the myths, facts, and strategies for responding to encouragement or pressure to drink and strategies to reduce harmful effects of alcohol on self and others.

Life Education’s health and drug education program has been integrated into the Prep School Term 3 curriculum as it is linked to the Australian Curriculum - Health and Physical Education.

The Prep School staff will continue delivering positive health messages in classrooms throughout the year as we assist our students to develop the knowledge and understanding needed to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.

Year 4 Camp

The Year 4 students thoroughly enjoyed their three-day outdoor education learning experience at Douglas Scrub, McLaren Vale, from Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 August. The children participated in a range of learning activities such as shelter building, cooking on small trangia stoves, and nature and night walks. I was particularly pleased, when visiting the campsite, to observe the children working cooperatively with their peers in paired and team challenges as they broadened their understanding, knowledge and appreciation of the outdoors.

Australian Mind Lab Olympics Team 2020

Congratulations to the following students who will represent Pulteney Grammar at the Australian Mind Lab Olympics 2020. 

Luke Hughes

Chris Li

Leon Boffo

Wen Hui Teoh 

Alisha Yu

Matthew Liu

Harry Marks

Angus Perry 

The Mind Lab Olympic Tournament is an educational competition that brings children together from a range of Independent Schools each year as they compete in a championship series of thinking games. The final date for the tournament will be finalised in the near future, pending COVID 19 restrictions.

Assessment and Reporting

Assessment plays an essential role in the development and implementation of curriculum in the Prep School. Teachers conduct regular assessment tasks to ensure that both the content and delivery of the curriculum is appropriate for individual students. Students are assessed prior to, during, and at the end of units of work.

Teachers make ongoing assessments and document student progress throughout the year. Assessment may take place in the form of observations, anecdotal notes, checklists, and assessment tasks. Teachers use a range of assessment tasks in order to cater for the needs and learning styles of the individual students.

There are three types of assessment:

1.         Pre-assessment. Teachers determine what students know prior to the start of a unit. This helps the teacher to plan the unit of work based on the needs of the students and to differentiate the curriculum as necessary.

2.         Formative assessment. Teachers monitor the learning that is taking place throughout the unit and adjust the curriculum accordingly. 

3.         Summative assessment. Students participate in tasks to demonstrate their learning at the end of the unit of work. This may be done through tests, projects, models, drama presentations, slideshows, etc.

Student Led Conferences are conducted at the end of Term 1 and 3. Formal written reports are distributed at the end of Terms 2 and 4.

NAPLAN testing Australia wide was cancelled this year due to COVID 19. However, all students in the Prep School will participate in formal end of year assessments in Reading, Spelling and Mathematics. This data will be analysed, compared with last year’s data, and then shared with the class teachers for 2021 during end of year handover meetings.

Denise O’Loughlin

Head of Prep