The Growing For Life Program encompasses both Personal and Interpersonal Learning and reflects our school values of Friendship, Learning, Acceptance, Integrity & Respect.
Learning is our core business and our school values of Friendship, Acceptance, Integrity and Respect are important for personal, community and global development. The sustainablity of these values will provide our students with the personal attributes they will need to become responsible and effective citizens of the future. Our values and learning are integrated through our Growing For Life Program in the following ways:
Learning about caring for and expressing self in order to foster resilience and develop healthy relationships.
Learning about our place in the community incorporating family, classroom, school, town, regionally and globally.
Learning about the relationship between people and their environments and developing an understanding of the cause and effect of sustainable practices.
Click here to see a copy of our FLAIR values matrix.
Growing For Life is an integrated curriculum that demonstrates sequential learning from Grade Prep to 6, "Growing For Life" has been developed based on the children's interests in their local environment and their desire to be actively involved in hands on activities. This encompasses the kitchen and garden program.
All children spend time in the garden shed and in the cookery centre working with the Growing the Environment and Cooking specialists to further develop an appreciation of fresh seasonal produce grown in our own kitchen garden. Gardening gloves and aprons for kitchen use are provided. Excess garden produce, jams and preserves are sold in the front office.
Animals feature strongly at Rosedale Primary School. Our hens and guinea pigs are cared for by the students and the eggs from the hens are used in cooking or sold in the front office. Other animals you might find in the classrooms are birds, a tortoise, fish and an axolotl. Our school pets motivate the students to think and to learn and promote positive attitudes and foster values that promote sensitivity to the needs of others.
Our Growing the Environment program has a focus on biodiversity, waste, water and energy sustainable practices. All classrooms collect organic food waste for the animals, worm farms and compost bins; solar power has been installed; water tanks provide irrigation for the garden beds and grey water for the student toilets; a water monitoring system is in place and paper and cardboard recycling bins are provided. The core purpose of our program is to equip our school community to develop lifelong sustainable practices.