Teaching & learning

At Miners Rest K-6, we prioritise quality Literacy & Numeracy learning, from Foundation to Year 6, with daily programs that align with the Victorian Curriculum. Producing literate and numerate students is our core business and we proudly share student learning and achievement with our families and promote student learning achievements throughout our school. 
Within our classrooms we integrate learning in key areas of study including sciences, civics & citizenship, history and geography. Staff provide term planning documents to support parents’ understanding about the broad curriculum development at each year level.
To maximise student engagement in learning, we participate in an annual Writer’s Festival, as well as the regional Young Authors program and continually seek authentic learning opportunities to support academic extension for students to thrive.
Learning in the classrooms is supported through skill development in information technologies. Students have access to laptops and iPads in Years Foundation to Two weekly and we have a 1:1 iPad Program for Year Three to Six students. These technologies provide a stimulating and modern teaching platform for students to extend their learning and skills in a progressive manner. Students access software programs such as; Essential Assessment, Wushka, Reading Eggs, SeeSaw and Showbie.
Specialist learning areas include Physical Education, Visual Arts and STEM. We are very proud of our rich and diverse curriculum that we expose students to. In addition, we have a school Library for students to access and utilise in a number of educational ways.
Bi-annually we hold a School Production, which extends over two evenings. Our Visual Arts team enter students in competitions and displays within the Ballarat Region. In the area of sport we offer Inter-School Sports for Year Five/Six students, school athletics sports, cross country, golf, football, futsal, netball, basketball and soccer at zone, regional and state level. Students in Year Foundation to Two attend a Gymnastics program and from Years Foundation to Four we hold an Intensive 10week Swim Program along with Year Five/Six students completing an Open Water and resuscitation module of learning.

Our Camps Program is also extensive:

  • Year Two Sleepover at School
  • Year Three, two-nights at Cave Hill Creek
  • Year Four, two-nights in Queenscliff
  • Year Five, four-nights at Norval, Grampians; and
  • Year Six, four-nights in Canberra
    Optional (nomination / selection process) Somers Camp for Year Five/Six every second year

In regard to Wellbeing we follow the “Respectful Relationships” program from Kindergarten to Year Six. Students are developmentally exposed to our school values of Kindness, Courage and Respect. Learning experiences are tailored to student needs and continually built upon to support their classroom and yard behaviours.
We provide a comprehensive student report twice per year, June and December. Staff also provide individual feedback via a Student Interim Report in Terms One and Three to keep parents/carers abreast of their child’s progress.
We support the written format of reporting with Term One and Term Three Student-led Conferences and share student learning regularly with families through SeeSaw and Showbie.
Each term, we look forward to welcoming our families to engage in learning within the classrooms through events including Literacy Open Morning, Maths Nights and regular school assemblies.