We offer all curriculum areas as mandated in the SACSA Frameworks, with the exception of LOTE. The language of study at Tantanoola is Indonesian but there has been difficulty attracting teachers to this area.
We have the facilities to offer Duct Instrumental music but currently have no students participating.
Students with speech and learning disabilities receive Tier 2 funding which is converted to SSO hours for 1:1 tuition. We have 2 children with severe vision impairments and hearing impairments. These students are supported by Visiting Teachers from the South Australian School for Vision Impaired Students who visit twice a term to work with staff and the students.
Features Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, the Emotional Intelligence, Thinking Skills and Brain Compatible Classrooms, Literacy and Numeracy are all priorities and curriculum initiatives.
All teachers plan and implement learning experiences in their classroom based on Multiple Intelligence theory. Staff endeavour to cater for students' preferred learning styles and program to cater for all styles accordingly. Staff have also embedded Information and Communication Technologies into classroom practice. The addition of Interactive Whiteboards recently has provided teachers with another tool to engage students with their learning.
Our Assessment and Reporting procedures have been developed and reviewed through consultation with the parent body. Key aspects are:
Every two years we are involved with Rendelsham Primary School for a Yr 6/7 Aquatic Camp. Our Year 6/7 teacher meets each term with staff from the Millicent School Hub.
Students at Tantanoola have many opportunities to participate in sport. HPE is taught widely across the school, with new skills introduced and sporting games and rules taught. Our sports equipment is well stocked and cared for.
Students may play football in Millicent on Saturday mornings or are able to play with the Junior colts Mid South East Football League. Netballers can also participate on Saturday mornings with the Tantanoola Netball Club. During summer students participate in tennis in Millicent, cricket and baseball. Basketball is also available in Millicent during the week.
SAPSASA is actively encouraged and Tantanoola has had many representatives in a variety of sports. We also run a Coastline Inter-School Sports Day, between Robe, Beachport, Rendelsham and Tantanoola which is keenly contested each year.
Tantanoola has a strong Football, Netball and Cricket club and combines with Millicent in Basketball, Baseball and Tennis. In 2008 the Active After School's Community Program commenced at our school.
This year students in Yrs 5 – 7 have had the opportunity to be involved in our own school choir.
An Electives program is held in Term 4. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in this program.
Excursions linked to curricula are encouraged and supported through the Country Assistance Program, (CAPS) funding. Similarly access to performances in the Arts are supported in the same way.
Students are encouraged to display art and work in the Millicent Show.
In 2009 students from the Yr 5/6/7 class are participating in a Dance program offered by a parent. It will culminate in a performance as part of "Move It At The Helpmann."
Each year the school hosts a Gala Day as its main fundraising event. This is run in the format of a round robin netball and football competition and is a very successful day.
The school concert is held in Term 4 and is a tradition at Tantanoola, strongly supported by the whole school community. Included is a Year 7 Presentation night, where school and community awards are presented.
The Year 7 dinner is also held annually.
Each year the staff and students decide which special celebrations and Whole School Themes we will support; these include PE week, Book Week etc.
School Camps are held each year, with a whole school camp being held in even years and a Year 6/7 Aquatic camp (combined with Rendelsham Primary) in the odd years.