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					SCHOOL CONTEXT STATEMENT                                                               Updated: 02/05



School number:                 0948

School name:                   Elizabeth Park Schools

1.      General information

Part A
   School name            :   Elizabeth Park Schools
   School No.             :        0948                           Courier :
   Principal              :   Mr P Moran
   Postal Address         :   15 Turner road, Elizabeth Park 5113
   Location Address       :   15 Turner road, Elizabeth Park 5113
   District               :   Kumangka Para
   Distance from GPO      :        30 kms                         Phone No. :     08 82551160
   CPC attached           :        Yes                            Fax No.   :     08 82870337


   February FTE Enrolment                              2002       2003          2004      2005

       Primary       Special, N.A.P. Ungraded etc.     16.0       16.0          19.0      20.0
                     Reception                         27.0       22.0          24.0      21.0
                     Year 1                            30.0       34.0          24.0      23.0
                     Year 2                            27.0       35.0          26.0      16.0
                     Year 3                            25.0       30.0          30.0      23.0
                     Year 4                            39.0       30.0          19.0      29.0
                     Year 5                            29.0       32.0          28.0      20.0
                     Year 6                            30.0       30.0          27.0      31.0
                     Year 7                            32.0       26.0          29.0      29.0

       Secondary     Special, N.A.P. Ungraded etc.      0.0        0.0           0.0       0.0
                     Year 8                             0.0        0.0           0.0       0.0
                     Year 9                             0.0        0.0           0.0       0.0
                     Year 10                            0.0        0.0           0.0       0.0
                     Year 11                            0.0        0.0           0.0       0.0
                     Year 12                            0.0        0.0           0.0       0.0
                     Year 12 plus                       0.0        0.0           0.0       0.0

       TOTAL                                           00.0       00.0          00.0      00.0

   School Card percentage                              00%        00%           61%       00%
   NESB Enrolment                                        00         00            00        00
   Aboriginal Enrolment                                  00         00            00        00




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Part B
 Deputy Principal’s name
        :Mr M Sims
 School website address
        :www.elizparkc7.sa.edu.au
 School e-mail address
        :principal@elizparkc7.sa.edu.au
 Staffing numbers
         :Tier 1 staffing
         10.0 classroom teachers
         1.1 Special class
         2.0 Administration
         1.0 CPC teachers
         1.0 Health/Pe
         0.2 Cultural Studies
         Tier 2 staffing
         0.6 Librarian
         1.0School Counsellor
         0.4 Aboriginal Education/ESL
         0.8 Special Education
         2.4 CHIC (including CHIC coordinator)
         0.2 Cultural Studies
         Ancillary
         Two administration SSOs
         1 CPC SSO
         1 CHIC SSO
         6 classroom support SSOs
         total allocation 150.0 hours per week
         Aboriginal Education worker 14 hours per week
         Groundsperson 16 hours per week
 OSHC
           :
 Enrolment trends
        :Student enrolments have declined . maintaining and increasing current
        enrolments is a priority for the 2005 school year.
 Special arrangements
        :



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 Year of opening
        :The R-7 component of the school was opened on 1st January 1961. The Child
        Parent Centre and Hearnig for Impaired children were added in 1976.
 Public transport access
         :Within 20 minutes walking distance there is a train service to Adelaide and
         Gawler. The SERCO bus service connects most surrounding areas. Bus stops are 5
         minutes from the school. The Elizabeth transport Interchange is ten minutes driving
         distance from the school.

2.      Students (and their welfare)
 General characteristics
        : Elizabeth Park is in a low socio-economic area. Approximately eighty percent of
        the total student enrolment receive School Card benefits with many other families
        just above the cut off point. The school is in an area of high unemployment,
        diverse family structures and backgrounds, poverty and transience.
        The school has a reverse integration classes to cater for eight students with hearing
        impairment and there are twelve students in the special education class. Twenty
        four students are Aboriginal and a small percentage of students have English as a
        second language or do not speak English at home. Thirty students have been
        identified as students with disabilities with others waiting to be assessed.

 (Pastoral) care programs
         :A social education block with a specific focus is timetabled after each break.
 Support offered
        : The School Counsellor provides preventative and developmental programs to the
        students. In-class support from the School Counsellor and Deputy Principal in
        conducting anti-harassment programs and an active peer mediator counselling
        service has lead to students effectively managing their own conflict situations.
        There is a cross age tutoring program.
 Student management
        : The school has a commitment to behaviour management and has made significant
        progress in improving students’ behaviour throughout the school. Student
        behaviour management involves a Focus Room, a written behaviour management
        policy with common expectations reception to year 7, procedures and guidelines
        for implementation of the policy, teacher support mechanisms and parental
        support.
 Student government
        : All students R-7 have a voice in the decision making process of the school
        via regular class meetings and through the Student Representative Council.
        The year 7 students are encouraged to take up leadership positions across the
        school. .
 Special programmes
         :All year levels have a set literacy block with extra SSO support.


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3.      Key School Policies
 Site Learning Plan 2005-2007 ( In process of redevelopment)
         :Key Areas
                   Literacy
                   Well – Being
                   Learning programs & Policies
                   Appearance
 Recent key outcomes
        :

4.      Curriculum
 Subject offerings
         : The eight areas of study, English, Science, Technology, Society and
         Environment, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Languages Other than
         English and the Arts are offered to students at Elizabeth Park Schools. Spanish is
         taught as the LOTE language
 Open Access
        :
 Special needs
         : Special curriculum features, a small district Special Education class and the
         Centre for Hearing Impaired Children. ESL support is 0.2 and the school has the
         services of a bi-lingual SSO.
 Special curriculum features
         :
 Teaching methodology
        : R-2 classes are organised into two reception classes, a year 1 /2 class, and a year
        2/3 class. Years 3-7 classes consist of two year 6/7 classes, a year 5/6, a year 4/5,
        and a year 3 /4. Resource Based Learning, Computing/Technology, Aboriginal
        Studies, Social Skills, Numeracy and Literacy have been the focus of intensive
        work in recent years. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of social
        skills, problem solving and democratic classroom practices. The student behaviour
        management policy builds on the development of these skills and the practice of
        responsible behaviour. Social Justice programs include Aboriginal Studies,
        Special Education, English as a Second Language and Targeted Students’ support
        program.
        A considerable portion of external funding coming into the school is converted
        into SSO hours to support literacy and numeracy intervention. SSOs work with
        students either 1:1 or in small groups to achieve the desired outcomes in the
        Targeted Student Support Program.




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 Assessment procedures and reporting
        : All staff assess students in the eight areas of study. Assessment is ongoing and
        students are involved in the process. Reporting practices include whole school
        Acquaintance Night, Parent/Teacher meetings and formal student reports. Mid
        year Parent/Teacher interview are held and teachers work with parents and discuss
        learning outcomes through interviews.
 Joint programmes
          :Elizabeth Park comprises an R-7 school , a Child Parent Centre, Centre for
          Hearing Impaired Children and a district based special education class.

5.      Sporting Activities
       : The students are provided with a Daily Fitness program, organised School Sports
        Day and participate in SAPSASA activities including, netball, soccer, rugby, athletics
        and swimming. A four day, whole of school, swimming program is conducted each
        year by swimming instructors at the Elizabeth Aquadome. There are “friendly”
        sporting engagements arranged between Elizabeth Park students and students from
        neighbouring schools. Tri-Skills visits the school every two years and students are
        involved R-7.

6.      Other Co-Curricular Activities
 General
        :. Positive lunch time yard activities including chess, computing, line dancing and
        craft. The Spanish Festival is held as an adjunct to the LOTE program, and Book
        Week is celebrated.
 Special
         :

7.      Staff (and their welfare)
 Staff profile
          : The school has 10.0 classroom teachers, a 0.6 library component, of which 0.1
          has been converted to SSO hours, 1.1 special education, and 2.4 teachers of
          hearing impaired (including CHIC coordinator). The Child Parent Centre has 1.0
          teacher. Nine non-teaching staff including an Aboriginal Education Worker,
          provide clerical, classroom, grounds and library support.
          The school has a School Counsellor, Languages Other Than English (Spanish)
          teacher, Aboriginal Education Resource Teacher, and English as a Second
          Language and bi-lingual (Romanian) support. The school purchases additional
          SSO time to support students’ learning in the classroom.
 Leadership structure
        : There is a highly collaborative, shared leadership team comprising the principal a
        deputy principal, Centre for Hearing Impaired Children coordinator and School
        Counsellor.


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 Staff support systems
          : The school has a cooperative work groups structure for staff meetings and
          training and development. Performance Management meetings regularly support
          teaching staff. School Services Officers have access to training and development
          and the same performance management support as teaching staff. All staff are
          encouraged to apply for leadership positions. Time is available for Collaborative
          Teams to work and plan together.
 Performance Management
         :Performance Management practices are negotiated with staff to further improve
         work practices and improve student learning outcomes.
 Staff utilisation policies
          : Staff at Elizabeth Park Schools demonstrate a commitment to the integration of
          students with disabilities, particularly hearing impaired students. There is an
          understanding of Social Justice issues and the implications of poverty on students’
          learning. Collaborative learning methodologies are encouraged with a thorough
          knowledge of Student Behaviour Management policy and strategies. Democratic
          decision making exists at all levels. The staff have a commitment to increasing
          parent participation and strategies for reporting to parents through student folders
          using Statements and Profiles. All staff are now involved in the implementation of
          SACSA frameworks.
 Access to special staff
        : This school utilises the services of departmental guidance officers, speech
        pathologists hearing impairment services, attendance officers, the Behaviour
        Support Unit, and bi-lingual school support officers. Assistance is sought from
        the visiting teacher service of Townsend House, the Adelaide Women’s and
        Children’s Hospital and Family Life Association.
 Other
           :Special education support is provided

8.       Incentives, support and award conditions for
         Staff
 Complexity placement points
        : Complexity placement points now total 2.5
 Isolation placement points
          :
 Shorter terms
         :
 Travelling time
          :
 Housing assistance
        :



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 Cooling for school buildings
         :
 Cash in lieu of removal allowance
         :
 Additional increment allowance
         :
 Designated schools benefits
        :
 Aboriginal/Anangu schools
         :
 Medical and dental treatment expenses
        :
 Locality allowances
          :
 Relocation assistance
         :
 Principal’s telephone costs
         :

9.      School Facilities
 Buildings and grounds
         : Elizabeth Park Schools buildings comprise three teaching blocks, ,a multipurpose
         hall and administration block. The buildings are on the southern side of spacious
         playing fields. The south, north and junior primary teaching blocks house eighteen
         classrooms of various sizes, toilet facilities, wet areas and storage space. The site
         includes a Child Parent Centre, Centre for Hearing Impaired Children and the
         resource/library centre. The administration block comprises principal’s office,
         staff room, toilet facilities, reception and clerical offices, and the SSO preparation
         room. The existing “Junior Primary” building is currently being remodelled to
         extend the learning spaces. This work should be completed by Term 2
         2005.Redevelopment of the entire school will continue and be completed by the
         start of 2006.
 Cooling
         : All buildings are air conditioned. Classrooms and administration offices have
         individual reverse cycle airconditioning units in each room. The Multi Purpose
         hall has airconditioning and heating.
 Specialist facilities
         : The school is set in 4.9 hectares including football and soccer ovals. The oval
         irrigation system is being upgraded to an automatic system. Basketball and netball
         courts are available. There is an R-7 library, a computer room, LOTE classroom
         and Culture Room for Aboriginal Education.


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 Student facilities
        : The school has a student canteen and the SRC meets in the School Counsellor’s
        office.
 Staff facilities
          : Staff facilities include minimal office and work spaces. Restricted access to
          information technology is available, including EDSAS and Internet terminals for
          general staff use. This aspect has been addressed by setting up a small LAN in the
          library and purchase of computers. At the beginning of 2000 the school buildings
          and classrooms were cabled in preparation for the schools LAN, and the school
          was connected via a ISDN line to sa.edu.
 Access for students and staff with disabilities
        : The campus has a disabled toilet in the Admin Block and ramps for access to all
        buildings. New disability and CPC toilets have been constructed in the Open
        Space Unit.
 Access to bus transport
        : SERCO public bus service is 5 minutes walk from the school, and the Adelaide
        to Gawler railway is 30 minutes walk from the schools. The campus uses private
        bus companies for excursions.
 Other
           : Dental Clinic and Child Parent Centre.

10. School Operations
 Decision making structures
         : The Principal carries the ultimate responsibility for decisions made within the
         Elizabeth Park Schools and have Department of Education Training and
         Employment authority to exercise the power of veto. The Personnel Advisory
         Committee is a statutory body given responsibility by DECD to assist in the
         consultative approach to personnel matters including deployment of staff, nature of
         leadership positions and performance management. Elizabeth Park School has a
         democratic decision making process involving all staff. Combined staff meetings
         are the main decision making forum and the School’s Coordinating Committee the
         forum for recommendations on school policies and function.
         Committee representation is CPC-7 and the following committees are active within
         the school:
         Occupational Health Safety and Welfare.
         Curriculum.
         Parents Associated with Schooling (PAWS).
         Centre for Hearing Impaired Children.
         Transition CPC-R, 2-3 and 7-8.
         School Council committee and sub-committees.
         Facilities and Restructure.
 Regular publications
        : Staff notices are written daily in the Day Book and a Staff Bulletin is published
        every Monday morning. Staff are kept informed of events through committee


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           meeting minutes and correspondence/circulars displayed on noticeboards. The
           Staff Organisation Handbook is published annually and forms part of the staff
           induction process.
           The School Newsletter is published fortnightly throughout the year. School policy
           handbooks include the Parent Information Handbook and the Student Behaviour
           Management Policy. The Quality Assurance Annual Report is incorporated into
           the School Council Annual General Meeting Report. These publications are
           available free of charge to prospective clients.
 Other communication
         : Student Learning Folders, parent/teacher interviews and written reports, student
         communication books and school diaries. Classroom newsletters and letters to
         parents.
 School financial position
         : Elizabeth Park School has a Consolidated School Fund Account and a Canteen
         Account administered through EDSAS Finance. The school's major commitment
         for the years 1997 to 2001 is funding the DECDTech2001 computer scheme. This
         venture is being partly funded by grants from the DECDTech2001 subsidy and the
         Computer Plus schemes. In January 2000 the schools commenced working from a
         Global Budget as part of the Partnerships 21 strategy.
 Special funding
         : Elizabeth Park Schools qualify for the Commonwealth Literacy Program Grant
         (Disadvantaged Schools Program). Financial support is received from the Basic
         Skills and Early Assistance Grants and the Early Literacy Grants. These grants
         now form part of the school’s Global Budget. School maintenance is supported
         through the Back to School scheme and Partnerships 21 Asset Management. Back
         to School scheme grant money allocated to Elizabeth Park Schools is being held,
         pending negotiations for major restructuring of the learning areas of the schools.
         Computer and technology acquisition is funded through the DECDTech2001
         subsidy scheme and Computers Plus grant.

11. Local Community
 General characteristics
        : Elizabeth Park, a small suburb of Elizabeth, is part of the City of Playford which
        covers a region of 364 square kilometres with a population of over 70,000
        residents living in thirty five suburbs. The region has a complementary array of
        urban and rural areas boasting retail, commercial, industrial, farming and
        horticulture as its primary industries. General Motors Holden is the largest
        employer in the vicinity of Elizabeth. Industrial areas have been planned and
        segregated from urban dwellings. The area is multicultural with Romanian,
        Spanish, Vietnamese, Khmer, Dutch and English amongst languages spoken at
        home.
 Parent and community involvement
         : The school is working towards increased parent participation through the
         establishment of a Parent Participation Committee. Currently parents are involved
         in the highly successful Parent Tutor Program and support individual classrooms


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           for reading and literacy programs. School initiated camps and excursions have
           been very well attended by parents, examples of this include the One and All
           sailing excursion, Frog Watch and Push Kart Rally. Fundraising has been
           successful with funds going into grounds development projects around the school
           supported by parents at working bees. The School Watch committee has been
           supported by the local police.
 Feeder schools
        : Elizabeth Park is a feeder school to the district High Schools, Fremont Elizabeth
        City High, Craigmore High and Smithfield Plains High. These schools are part of
        the Inbarendi College group of schools.
 Other local care and educational facilities
         : The area supports many government and six private schools, two of which are
         Trinity College and St Thomas More Parish School which is at Elizabeth Park. A
         list of child care facilities, playschools, Kindergartens and Playgroups is available
         from the local council and is also contained in their publication “Information
         Directory”.
 Commercial/industrial and shopping facilities
       : In the Elizabeth town centre, five minutes drive from Elizabeth Park schools,
       there is a substantial shopping complex with Harris Scarfe and Target department
       stores, speciality shops and supermarkets. Government and commercial business
       surround the area including SGIC, a Motor Registration Office, the RAA, and fast
       food outlets including MacDonalds, Hungry Jacks and Pizza Hut. The Elizabeth
       Aquadome is an under cover Olympic standard swimming centre, there is a public
       library adjacent to the shops and the Central Districts football grounds and
       clubrooms are located two minutes from the city centre. Each suburb of Elizabeth
       is catered for by a small shopping centre which usually includes a supermarket.
       Elizabeth Park Shopping centre, recently upgraded and modernised, is adjacent to
       the school.
 Other local facilities
         : There are many medical clinics including 24 hour clinics near the Elizabeth town
         centre, Smithfield and Salisbury. The Lyell McEwin Hospital has a 24 hour
         casualty service and private hospitals are situated in Elizabeth Vale and Gawler.
         The locality is well served with recreation areas, parks and sporting grounds.
         Fremont Park, situated near Elizabeth Park, is a picturesque area with a waterfall,
         fountain and lake which attracted many ducks and geese for children to feed. It
         has specially designed playgrounds and the cyclist track extends through the park,
         the Olive Grove, Jubilee Park and meanders through the hills to the east of the
         park. Facilities include electric barbecues at no charge, picnic shelters and toilets.
 Availability of staff housing
         : Elizabeth has a large mix of housing trust and private rental homes and flats,
         homes for purchase and short term rental. There are no high rise developments
         due to the statute forbidding any building higher than two storeys.
 Accessibility
        :



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 Local Government body
         : The City of Playford Council consists of the Mayor and fifteen ward councillors
         representing six wards. Telephone 8254 0222.
         A free, comprehensive and informative publication “Information Directory“ is
         available from the Council. This Directory offers advice and information about
         building and home improvement, rubbish collection and recycling, library service,
         community information services, home assistance scheme, health matters and
         Justices of the Peace.

12. Further Comments
       : All teaching and ancillary staff are members of a collaborative team. Our philosophy
        encourages staff to be learners and this is reflected in the training and development
        program. There are many structures in place which support staff and students and we
        are committed to achieving success..




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