At Manjimup Primary School we believe the climate and school culture directly affect how successful your students will be. As a result, it is crucial for the school and the classroom culture to reflect, acknowledge, and celebrate diversity.
Teachers at Manjimup Primary School also need to engage in an interesting balancing act. They need to recognize how unique each student is. At the same time, they will treat students equally and giving them equal chances for success and equal access to the curriculum, teachers and administrators recognize the uniqueness and individuality of their students.
Teachers have a particular responsibility to recognize and structure their lessons to reflect student differences. This encourages students to recognize themselves and others as individuals.
The four key elements that are important at Manjimup Primary School are:
The physical environment must be safe, and welcoming, and must support learning.
Students must feel emotionally supported to encourage high self-esteem and a sense of belonging.
The academic environment must be conducive to learning and achievement for all students
The school must encourage positive communication and interaction among students, teachers, and the wider community.
Playgrounds & Play Areas
Crowding is not an issue at Manjimup Primary School. We have an on-going plan to improve the play spaces for all of our students, through providing unique and stimulating playground facilities.
We are fortunate to provide our primary students with their own large grassed oval area, providing ample space for all to play multiple games and burn some energy at any given time.
Basketball and tennis courts are a big hit with the students.
For those rainy days there are large undercover play areas, providing students with games and recreational activities for all ages.
Our wonderful P&C have funded a magnificent Nature Play playground, encouraging students to be active, creative and imaginative through an engaging environment of natural products and materials.
In total, we have five playground areas that allow children to develop fundamental movement skills and give them the space they need to have fun with each other during recess and lunch breaks.
Learning with Technology
Within a wireless Apple learning environment where iPads and CDM Laptops have been deployed across all years and learning areas, Manjimup Primary School has opened the doors to a state of the art and modern learning environment. Led by highly skilled and committed educators, children are provided with daily opportunities to engage with powerful digital learning tools allowing them to create, collaborate, communicate and discover.
At present 60% of students bring their own iPads while the remaining students share 150 iPads and 30 laptops on a daily basis. Teachers are harnessing the enthusiasm and eagerness of students by providing learning opportunities driven by the Australian Curriculum. Students are using the devices to search, create, produce, celebrate, demonstrate and reinforce their learning. They are excited, enthused and highly engaged. In a world where screens entertain at home; school is using screens to educate.
The iPad is transforming the way teachers teach and has changed the learning landscape. At Manjimup Primary School teachers are maximizing the opportunities provided by the digital technologies provided to them. Increased accessibility to instant and global information with high levels of student engagement and instant reinforcement; students are embracing the technology as ‘just the way it is’.
With a strong appetite to harness this enthusiasm even further and allow children opportunities to demonstrate their individual strengths whilst teachers develop individual programs, a sustainable 1:1 program is required.