Ascot Park Primary School opened on 29 October 1926 after many local families rallied for a school to be built nearby. It began as two classrooms on a muddy floodplain in a semi-rural area. The big gum tree that stands next to the pedestrian crossing on Marion Road was originally part of the school grounds. The first school bell hung from its branches and the school band used to practise in the shade underneath it. By 1944 a library and museum opened at the school. In 1948 asphalt was laid to fix the problem of mud in the grounds, and enrolments grew steadily as the area became more populated with post-war families. More land had to be purchased. Almond trees and grapevines were grown on the school grounds and the fruit was harvested and sold to raise funds.
By 1960 there were over 1300 children enrolled at the school which had a separate Junior Primary section. A swimming pool was built on site in 1967 for a cost of $10,000. In 1972 work began on the existing red brick building we use today. When it was completed in 1974 it was a flagship design for open space classrooms and many educators came from around Australia and the world to see it in action.
The school was amalgamated into the present R-7 school in 1984. The big multicultural mural you can see from Marion Road was originally painted in 1986 and has been updated and new flags added since then to reflect our growing and changing multicultural community. In 1989 our school became a ‘Gymnastics Focus School’ with a class of elite gymnasts enrolled from years 2-7.
In 1997 partitions were built to divide the large units into more practical teaching areas. The pool was filled in when the SA School for Vision Impaired (SASVI) and Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment School were built on site in the early 2000s.
Today we are still lucky to have lots of space, a diverse multicultural community, and a continuing link to sports education. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next chapter of our history!
LEARNING AT HOME
You don’t need to be an expert or educator to help your child to learn at home. The Department for Education has published 2 documents to help you support your child in learning at home as well as staying healthy and active:
Teachers at school have also been working hard to provide meaningful and relevant learning programs which have been communicated through ClassDojo, Google Classrooms and home learning packs. We have also developed a suggested daily timetable to help you provide clear structure and routine to your child’s day.
At school, students have been learning about interoception, which is our 8th sense. It can broadly be defined as our conscious perception of our internal body signals which let us know how to respond to human needs or relate to our emotional experiences. Interoception is the pre-requisite for self-regulation.
Interoception activities take less than 2 minutes to complete and they help your child to identify their body signals, recognise when their body signals change and act or respond to these body signals for their self-regulation. The booklet provided has a range of activities that you can complete with your child and the whole family. You can complete these activities throughout the day, some examples could be:
- Starting their day with an interoception activity
- Break time between online lessons/activities
- Going for a walk or a bike ride
- Shooting some hoops or kicking a ball
- Playing on a swing set
- Jumping on a trampoline
The great thing about interoception activities is that you can create your own with your child. It can be any activity that changes your child’s body state and while encouraging them to notice how their body feels. To find out more information about interoception, please visit the Department for Education’s Interoception web page. If you have any questions or need further support with implementing interoception activities with your child, please contact your child’s teacher.
Dr Paul Swan has developed a support page https://drpaulswan.com.au/teaching-at-home/ to help parents in finding quality numeracy activities. The school has also provided students with dice and playing cards which will give them the opportunity to engage in problem solving using mathematical thinking processes and skills. Cards games also give children the opportunity to develop social skills such as sharing and taking turns. Games and activities can be found in the following eBooks:
Primary Connections is an innovative science program developed by the Australian Academy of Science which is aligned with the Australian Curriculum. They have developed a range of educational activities designed to be used at home.
Each four-page resource features:
- A short description
- Notes guiding preparation and resourcing
- Suggested questions to support student inquiry
- Student task sheets (may be printed, photographed or photocopied and sent to teachers upon completion)
- Ideas to explore further
Please click here to access the resources.