The Tantanoola Primary School was first opened in 1883 and a new DMAC building was added in 1975. A new small classroom was added in 2008 to provide for needs of two students with severe vision and hearing impairments.
There is no public transport available in Tantanoola. There is a bus which runs daily from Mount Gambier to Adelaide and which will stop at the Tantanoola Roadhouse if requested.
Our student body consists of an even number of boys and girls. We have approximately 32% School Card population.
A Christian Pastoral Support Worker is employed for 10 hours per week and is worked over 2 days/week.
The classroom teachers and Principal provide general student counselling in the absence of a Student Counsellor.
Student Behaviour Management is valued highly by our Parent Community. We have a policy which is in line with the DECS policy. It is published in our Parent and Staff handbooks.
Tantanoola Primary School has an active Student Leadership Team. The Principal Andrew Fewster meets with the SLT each fortnight.
Class meetings are held fortnightly and the SLT normally meets at least every second week. They have been involved in major decision making such as purchases for the school, curriculum issues, reviewing our Values, yard issues, fundraising for a specific charity and organising Special Days for the students. Each year students elect Year 7 students as School Captains and Vice Captains. They support SLT and are ambassadors for our school.
We provide a Special Needs programme for identified children. Individual Education Programmes are provided by the classroom teacher and implemented by SSO's. Students included in this programme have all been identified through testing and the use of NAPLAN Test results. This programme is over and above the Tier 2 funding.
In 2012 we have a new Principal, Andrew Fewster, three class teachers and a Preschool teacher. Two of the teachers share the Yr 4-7 class. We also have a Special Education teacher 0.6 for 1 of our students who have severe vision and hearing impairments.
We are fortunate to have two extremely competent permanent SSOs who are multi-skilled and efficient. We also employ a further two SSOs who support classes during Literacy and Numeracy Blocks, work in the Preschool and support the Special Education program. Our Groundsperson maintains and manages our large grounds.
Teachers are encouraged to work together and in teams. There are strong links between the Junior Primary and on site Preschool. Staff value the Performance Planning process and there is a strong emphasis on quality Training and Development.
We have converted some of our Tier 2 funding, NAPLAN and Early Years funding to SSO hours to support programmes running in our school.
We have excellent access to support staff. Visiting Support Teachers visit each term and assist with programming for Special Needs students. We have good support from the Speech Pathologist and Student Wellbeing and Behaviour Management team.
CAMHS, Family SA, and Social Workers and Counsellors are readily accessible.
At Tantanoola Primary School we are committed to developing a partnership between students, parents and staff in order to help prepare students for effective participation in society. We aim to provide a broad, balanced curriculum in a safe, happy, supportive and child-centred environment where students enjoy successes and excellence is encouraged. After an extensive consultation process involving students, staff and parents our new values are:
Our long-term objectives are to continue to deliver a quality curriculum, focussing on quality learning outcomes for students. We have implemented Gardiner's Multiple Intelligences Learning Theory as well as Brain Theory as integral methods of teaching at our school. We combine this with the skill teaching of Key Competencies to provide our students with the best chance to achieve quality learning.
The school has continued to focus on quality Training and Development for staff as we recognise that this is central to improving student learning outcomes. Our involvement in a number of systemic initiatives has given us access to resources and expertise which has enhanced our ability to critically reflect on the quality of our teaching and learning.
Our School Site Learning Priorities for 2011 are:
Literacy and Reading: To improve the learning outcomes for students at risk Preschool - 7. Our plan has been developed to include all classes across the school from Reception - Year 7.
Numeracy: To inform and improve our teaching and learning programs in Numeracy. All students achieving personal learning goals.Student Wellbeing:
Each teaching area in the Primary School has an Interactive Whiteboard. Teachers have developed their knowledge and confidence in using the boards and making student learning more engaging.
School buildings consist of a refurbished Front Office Administration. The original school classrooms built in 1883 house the Library and Staffroom. A DMAC open space style building has four sectioned off classroom areas, currently used as three classrooms and one computer room. In 2007 a small specially designed room was acquired to provide more appropriate facilities for our two vision and hearing impaired students. There is a Preschool on site and this is housed in the former Principal's residence, which has been converted. A portable building is used for Technology, the Arts and Assemblies. This room also has kitchen facilities and is used by the Parents & Friends on lunch days. We also have a large colorbond shed which houses our recycling program.
The grounds are spacious, attractive and well kept with a large oval, basketball court and new adventure playground area.
The Preschool has its own playground area.
As a result of receiving a Community Water Grant the school has an automatic irrigation system to water the oval and garden areas.
During 2011 a School Hall was built on the school grounds. This was opened on the 25th November by Senator Anne McKewin.
All buildings have reverse cycle air conditioning and heating.
There is a well-stocked Library, sports shed and teacher resource area.
There is no canteen at the school, but Parent's & Friends hold a lunch day once a term. Food can be ordered and delivered Mondays & Fridays from the Tantanoola Roadhouese.p.
Staff has access to the usual facilities as well as access to a staff computer in the staff room. There is Internet access in the classrooms, computer room, preschool and the library.
The classroom area, administration area, Preschool and toilets all have disabled access.
There is no Bus servicing the Tantanoola Primary School, but there is a small 8 seater bus which has been given to our school to use by the Variety Club for transporting our 2 sight and hearing impaired students. This small bus can be used for small excursions or there are private bus services available.
Tantanoola has a Preschool on site. 4 computers are available for use by staff and students.
Our decision-making policy is published in both staff and parent handbooks. The school is committed to collaborative decision-making. We have an active and supportive Governing Council and Parents & Friends Group, with committees formed as need arises. We currently have Gala Day , Facilities and Finance committees. Our Student Leadership Team is involved in decision making on behalf of students and is consulted on a range of school matters and developments.
Our School newsletter is published fortnightly on a Thursday. Parents, staff and the local community have access to this newsletter. There is also a copy sent to the local newspaper and post office.
A daybook is kept in the staff room and notices and information is entered daily. Handbooks containing school policies are available.
The financial position of the school is very good. Parents are willing to fundraise when needed and when they can see the benefit for the students.
Governing Council meetings are usually held twice a term on Monday nights. Members are elected for a two year term and are expected to attend meetings regularly.
Meetings usually commence at 7:00pm and are open to all parents/caregivers, but only elected members may vote. The Annual General Meeting is held in February. Finance Committee meetings are usually held an hour prior to Governing Council.
Governing Council Members for 2011:
The majority of the parents of the students from this school work either at the local paper mill, Kimberly Clark, or are farmers. All students at this school come from an English speaking background. The community is a small, rural and close knit community, which is located between Millicent and Mount Gambier.
We have a small, but active group of parents who are very involved with the school. Having a Preschool on site also means that the local Playgroup which uses these facilities brings new, young parents into the school environment. The local clubs and services support and work with the school.
Tantanoola Primary School feeds students to Millicent High School.
The closest facilities are 14 kilometres away in Millicent or 35 kilometres to Mount Gambier. There is access to all medical, social, sporting, cultural, recreational facilities on a smaller but equal scale to the city. Millicent and Mount Gambier have TAFE centres. Millicent High School offers Engineering Pathways, one of the few schools in the state to do so.
Childcare centres are available in both Mount Gambier and Millicent and there is also an Out of School Hours Care facility in Millicent.
Tantanoola has a Post Office which stocks a small amount of household supplies and a hotel with a much larger shopping centre with all conveniences being available in Millicent or Mount Gambier.
Tantanoola has a football club; hotel and Institute for recreational purposes as well as tennis and netball courts and football and cricket oval.
The nearest staff housing is in Millicent or Mount Gambier but there are some private rental properties available in Tantanoola.
Wattle Range Council or the Tourist Information Centre in Millicent have pamphlets available on the area. Brochures are also available from the Lady Nelson Tourist Centre in Mount Gambier. These pamphlets are free of charge.
Tantanoola is a small country town in a rural setting in an attractive part of South Australia. Close proximity to Mount Gambier and Millicent make it an attractive place to live and work. The school celebrated its 125th birthday in 2008 and the community is proud of their local history. The staff, student and parents are a close knit community who work well together to promote the excellence of teaching and learning.