Year 5/6 marks the final chapter of the children’s journey at Lance Holt School. Being a small school, we are in the position where we can observe and follow the children’s development closely throughout their Lance Holt School experience.
Academically, the school strives to provide rich educational experiences that consolidate concepts and allow children to explore their own styles of learning. This is achieved through providing a variety of relevant and interesting experiences that involve personal investigation, hands-on/real-life experiences and ways to present their findings that utilise individual strengths and often have an element of fun.
There’s an adage that states:
“Tell me and I’ll forget;
Show me and I’ll remember;
Involve me and I’ll understand”.
With this in mind each child can explore ways of making their own connections that utilise their individual strengths as well as seeing the relevance of what they are being taught. These learning experiences allow for every child to express their talents, experience success and to shine.
Each child is made to feel special and a valued member of the school community.
Part of our hands-on learning involves excursions. Some of the places we visit include areas along the Swan Coastal Plain, the Fremantle Maritime Museum, Parliament House, the Electoral Education Centre and various local landmarks. Having access to our own school bus is an invaluable resource.
A highlight of being in year 5/6 are the school camps. Not only do these experiences nurture cooperation, independence, teamwork and social skills, they allow us to experience first-hand learning and are an important part of Lance Holt School life. They are also a lot of fun and always feature very highly on the kids’ lists of favourite things about the school. Apart from a yearly whole school camp, the Year 5/6′s also have a week long class camp each year to either Albany or Canberra. Our Canberra trip in particular achieves numerous rich learning outcomes before, during and after the camp experience that will benefit the students understandings now and for their future studies.
In Year 5/6 the children showcase their talents to the school community by organising and conducting activities such as Science and Sport Tabloids, producing a school newspaper and being involved with community projects.
The older students value their role as mentors for the younger students and are excellent role models. The school supports a ‘buddy’ program that regularly provides the older students doing activities with the younger students. This encourages responsibility and the ability to work with all age groups.
Our ex-students adapt well to high school. The feedback the school receives from high school teachers is very positive. The terms: adaptable, mature, cooperative, confident and outgoing are often heard. A strong sense of school pride prevails and this is evident by the number of past students that visit the school.
The school provides a safe learning environment where respect is a two-way journey. It also creates a learning environment where it’s OK to take risks (and perhaps have some fun whilst learning!). In this environment, the school feels kids will perform to the best of their abilities and learning will be an enjoyable and valued experience.