We believe that a small school offers many advantages and provides a more personalised learning experience. A priority in our school is nurturing a students individuality, and developing both leadership and team skills in preparation for independent living. Being a small school gives us opportunity to provide authentic experiences to grow these skills and attributes.
We offer mainstream composite classes R-3 and 4-7. We begin our days with literacy and numeracy blocks for R-2, 3-4 and 5-7 groups. These small group sessions allow for individualised and targeted learning opportunities. Students also have the opportunity to work in combined composite classes to share ideas and collaborate with peers.
In the afternoons the students from both streams come together for music, PE and health, language (Chinese), soft and hard handwork(design technology) and garden science. Our families and local community support us in this and we work together to provide expertise in a caring educational environment.
We have a strong focus on the Arts and have specialist teachers in Drama, Dance, Music and Visual Art. Our teachers incorporate movement into many lessons to reinforce and deepen the learning experience. Stamping and clapping in rhythmical sequences in mathematics, and drama improvisations in English are creative and engaging learning practices. Our unique musical playground offers students opportunities to play and perform both in and outside of class time. We believe singing and playing an instrument are important to a child’s education and are constantly developing our music program.
HEALTH & PE
Our PE and Health programs give students the opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork skills with the older students being supported to select, organise and run sessions and activities for the whole school. All students are given the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of being an effective leader and a supportive and cooperative team player.
Mimili is a community located near Alice Springs. For 14 years Mimili and Basket Range schools have worked closely together. Each alternate year Basket Range students travel to Mimili and the following year Mimili students come to Adelaide where we host the exchange. This wonderful relationship develops in both communities greater cultural understanding and nurtures ongoing friendships. On this camp parents are encouraged to come along and be involved in building and strengthening these ties. This camp is the highlight for our students of their whole school experience and is always mentioned in their Year 7 Graduation speeches.
LOCAL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Our local community is very important to us. We are fortunate to have past students and interested local groups and individuals contributing to the development and wellbeing of our students. Our children learn about local history through the stories told to them by elders who share the experiences of their life at Basket Range sometimes 80 or more years ago when they were children. This living history is taken in deeply by the children who are able to picture the locations and life painted for them through the words of the story teller. In the weeks following, the children can be seen playing the games described to them or acting out a part of the life told to them.
Our community is full of talented, dynamic and highly skilled individuals and attracts like minded people into it. We are blessed with opportunities to have visiting artists and musicians come and work with our students, not only to produce something unique but to hear about the world from new and different perspectives.
We continually look for ways to connect with and deepen our relationships with local groups such as Landcare, CFS and The Red Shed, to actively participate in and contribute to the students learning experiences. The relationships are reciprocal. The skills, knowledge and wisdom these groups and individuals bring are invaluable to the life learning we want our students to have. These relationships nurture respect and appreciation in the children of real skills and abilities which once learnt and practiced are truly valued.
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