Bellevue Heights Primary is a dynamic and vibrant school in the foothills of Adelaide in South Australia. We are a welcoming community that prides itself on catering for the learning and social needs of all students. The motto, ˜Learning and growing together to enrich the world” is reflected in the school’s diversity, values, curriculum and policies.
Bellevue Heights is a primary school offering Reception to Year 7 for students. As well as mainstream classes, we are home to an Intensive English Language Centre (IELC) for students recently arrived in Australia. IELC classes operate independently of mainstream classes but all students come together for shared activities throughout the year.
There is a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, with extensive early intervention support when needed. Early years classes use the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programs to develop a sound foundation in literacy skills. The Australian National Curriculum is the basis for all curriculum content.
We believe students learn best when they can have an active role in their learning. From Reception, children have a say in what happens at their school through the Student Representative Council (SRC). A strong student governance program exists with all senior students having leadership roles.
Specialist subjects are Music, French, Physical Education (PE) and Art. Students have the opportunity to learn musical instruments from Year 3 onwards. Lessons are available in strings, keyboards and guitars. All students participate in PE lessons and sporting clinics with options for school sport on weekends.
Embedding the use of innovative technology in all teaching and learning is a focus at BHPS. Our staff provide all students with the skills to meet 21st Century learning challenges. From Reception – Year 7, students compile an intranet portfolio of work, which incorporates all curriculum areas. Activities in the portfolio include: spreadsheets, animation, coding, robotics, computer assisted drawing and word processing.
A robotics program extends learning outcomes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) from Reception to Year 7. The school enters the Primary School section of the Robo Cup – a competition where students design, build and program Lego Mindstorm robots. BHPS teams have won prizes at every State Robo Cup competition over recent years. We participated in the National Championships in 2016.
The school is building a strong sustainability program, with: organic produce gardens, Nature Play, chicken yard, native plant revegetation, stormwater use, solar power and recycling. Students play a leading role in planning and implementing these programs.
BHPS has strong links with the local community. We offer facilities for sporting and conservation groups and collaborate with local community groups. Within the school, the Governing Council and Parents & Friends group offer parent the opportunity to contribute expertise and ideas to the school.