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Special Programs at Basket Range


At Basket Range we incorporate our beautiful outdoor setting into our curriculum with many of our subject areas such as maths, science, health, engineering, design and technology, music and handcraft being introduced through active hands on learning. We use an interdisciplinary approach to enable the children to develop transferable skills and apply them to other learning situations. Our weekly gardening and woodwork programs are an example of where Maths and Science along with other curriculum areas combine to ensure that the learning is practical, genuine and strongly embedded. For instance, in 2017 we are planning to build a shade house. Students will assess, plan, problem solve and make decisions about the location, design etc. Later in the practice lesson the students focus on the relevant mathematical skill (logistics, measurement, angles and stress formulae) to develop their mathematical fluency. We would continue to build on this and on other curriculum areas which are relevant to and can be applied to the physical building of the shade house. The students have regular opportunity to test their understanding through the practical application of their skills.


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.


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.


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.

Our parent run playgroup has started again this year. Playgroup is not exclusive to BPRS families - everyone is welcome. The group provides a wonderful opportunity to catch up with other parents and children and is held on the Basket Range Primary school grounds in the nature play spaces, forest and next to the cubby.

Wet weather options are the soon to be heated undercover area or a small room in the main building near reception.

The next playgroup will be on Monday 17th February straight after drop off. Please bring a piece of fruit to share for morning tea. Tea and Coffee is provided.

Playgroup runs on the first Wednesday and the third Monday of the month.

Upcoming dates:
Monday 17/2
Wednesday 4/3
Monday 16/3

If you have any questions please contact Katie Lenon on 0422 281 921”
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Do any of our school families or community know who owns a black dog with a white mark on it’s chest, medium size dog, breed unknown.
The dog seemed timid and ran away when we were trying to check if it had a disc, does have a collar though. Is not either of the black dogs that live close to school.

If the community can help us to track the owner as we’d like their contact details to save us calling the council when it next visits the school... 8390 3466. Thank you!
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