Teaching & learning

At Miners Rest K-6, we prioritise quality Literacy & Numeracy learning, from Foundation to Year 6, with daily programs that align with the Victorian Curriculum. Producing literate and numerate students is our core business and we proudly share student learning and achievement with our families and promote student learning achievements throughout our school.
Within our classrooms we integrate learning in key areas of study including sciences, civics & citizenship, history and geography. Staff provide term planning documents to support parents’ understanding about the broad curriculum development at each year level.
To maximise student engagement in learning, we participate in an annual Writer’s Festival, as well as the regional Young Authors Program and continually seek authentic learning opportunities to support academic extension for students to thrive.
Learning in the classrooms is supported through skill development in information technologies. Students have access to laptops and iPads in Years Foundation to Two weekly and we have a 1:1 iPad Program for Year Three to Six students. These technologies provide a stimulating and modern teaching platform for students to extend their learning and skills in a progressive manner. Students access software programs such as; Essential Assessment, Wushka, Reading Eggs, SeeSaw and Showbie.
Specialist learning areas include Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and STEM. We are very proud of our rich and diverse curriculum that we immerse our students in. In addition, we have a school Library for students to access and utilise for a variety of educational purposes.
Our Visual Arts team enter students in competitions and displays within the Ballarat Region. In the area of sport, we offer Inter-School Sports for Year Five/Six students, school athletics, cross country, golf, football, futsal, netball, basketball and soccer at zone, regional and state level. Students in Foundation to Year Two attend a Gymnastics program and from Foundation to Year Four we hold an Intensive 10-week Swim Program along with Year Five/Six students completing an Open Water and resuscitation module of learning.

Our Camps Program is also extensive:

  • Year Three, two-nights at Cave Hill Creek
  • Year Four, two-nights in Queenscliff
  • Year Five, two-nights at Roses Gap, Grampians; and
  • Year Six, two-nights in Melbourne
    Optional (nomination / selection process) Somers Camp for Year Five/Six every second year

In regard to Wellbeing we follow the “Respectful Relationships” program from Kindergarten to Year Six. Students are developmentally exposed to our school values of Courage, Kindness and Respect. Learning experiences are tailored to student needs and are continually built upon to support their classroom and yard behaviours.
We provide a comprehensive student report twice per year, June and December. Staff also provide individual feedback via Student learning statements in Terms One and Three to keep families informed of their child’s progress.
We support the written format of reporting with Term One and Term Three Student-led Conferences and share student learning regularly with families through SeeSaw and Showbie.
Each term, we look forward to welcoming our families to engage in learning within the classrooms through events including Literacy Open Morning, Maths Nights and regular school assemblies.
ConnectEd is an adult learning program that we proudly facilitate at Miners Rest Primary School. This program is delivered by Learning Specialists and classroom teachers and focuses on how children learn and provides information and resources for families to support and engage in learning at home. ConnectEd also equips participants with the knowledge and skills to support learning in our classrooms in a voluntary capacity. We warmly welcome parents/carers to support learning in our classrooms and strongly value our home/school partnerships with all families within our school community.