Sutherland Dianella Primary School is a family orientated school where the school enrolment size allows us to carefully monitor all students to provide for their individual needs. The students in the school come from many different cultures and this diversity appears to be an increasing trend for the school and the local community. Our school programs seek to celebrate this diversity and the Australian way of life. There exists a supportive and harmonious spirit in the whole school community. Sutherland Dianella Primary School has a strong focus not only on the academic learning but also on the social and emotional development of students. The school has implemented a researched based program called PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) that teaches children about their emotions and using correct social problem solving behaviors.
We all believe that when students are relaxed and happy they will learn. The school has engaged the services of a School Chaplain who helps with the emotional and social well being of students, staff and parents.
In 1996 the present school was established following an amalgamation between Sutherland and Dianella primary schools. The school became a Technology Focus school at this point in time by utilizing an injection of funding provided, to assist with the amalgamation. This Technology focus continues today with the school having a central lab and also pods of computers in each classroom and with the technology skills being integrated across the curriculum using a variety of productivity software.
In 2003 an enterprise project resulted in the senior students in the school producing and selling a video on co-operative learning. Co-operative learning and autonomous learning are a teaching focus in the school. In 2008 many of the classes commenced to use an On Line Teaching and Learning System where students can complete work activities on line. Many of our classrooms are fitted with Interactive White Boards or “Smart Boards” and our active P&C has made a commitment to fund raise and install this technology resource in all classrooms in the school.
Attention to student decision making and opportunities for students to practice active local and global citizenship skills can be demonstrated with regular class meetings and a Senior Student Parliament. Senior students also regularly meet students from the non government Carmel Primary School and the Australian Islamic School in a cross cultural program called SUN. (Students Uniting Nations) We have established Sister school relationships with Chambak Primary School in Cambodia.
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