Principal’s Message

Principal: David Ingham

Principal: David Ingham

Welcome to the Somers Primary School website. Somers primary School has grown rapidly in the past few years based on its culture of care and excellence. The focus of Somers Primary School is firmly on the wellbeing and learning of children. We are committed to do all we can to assist every child to be the best they can be, academically, socially, artistically and as human beings.

Our core values are based around respect; respect for one-self, for others and for the institutions which make Australia a great nation. We honour and value the traditions of our nation from those of the first Australians to our colonial heritage and democratic traditions. We honour and respect all those who serve our community and nation, from our volunteer organisations to those who assist and protect our nation and our society. Our children are encouraged to give back to the community which has nurtured them through community based projects and through exercising leadership within the school setting.

Somers Primary School offers a strong academic tradition with children being able to undertake advanced programs in Literacy and Mathematics. Children with additional learning needs are supported through a program of one on one or small group intervention. For those children who excel we offer Book Circles and Advanced Mathematics. An active debating program encourages children to consider the issues confronting their generation and provides them with the skills to critically evaluate current events and issues which affect their lives.

Our curriculum focuses on the skills children need to prosper in a 21st Century context with Mathematics and Science providing a key focus for their learning. Children from Foundation to year six experience weekly Science lessons which use the latest technology to build a culture which values Science and Technology. Children in Years 5 and 6 learn how to use Computer Aided Design software to design and 3D print components which are used in the science program as part of an active STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.

The use of computers is encouraged with the school having access to a large number of state of the art technologies. Children in Foundation have access to i-Pad computers, whilst older children are encouraged to use the notebook computers provided by the school. Children are taught to use technology as a tool, learning the Microsoft suite of programs as well as an active program of learning Coding using “Scratch and “Lightbot”.

The Arts are valued with a focus on the visual arts. Each Year Somers Primary School holds and Arts Fair whose proceeds provide excellent facilities for children. The children are encouraged to express themselves using a variety of media and to celebrate a passion or artistic endeavours.

Sport and activity are encouraged, with children having weekly Physical Education classes combined with sports sessions for middle and upper school students. Runner’s club operates before school twice a week and a Federal Government support sports program operates after school.

Care for the environment is also a feature of the school with our Environmental Captains encouraging the recycling of lunch scraps and participating in conservation activities.

Indonesian is taught as a Language Other Than English from Year F-6. In addition we teach our children to value other cultures by understanding that different cultures will view the world for their own perspective and that we need to value and embrace the diversity of all peoples.

Our ultimate aim is to provide our children with the skills that they can use in the future to become effective and successful members of the 21st Century Australian and world communities.

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