Kitchen Garden Program:
Our staff and students have worked collaboratively to develop a sustainable kitchen garden program. As an experiment we installed a range of wicking beds alongside our traditional beds to see which style would achieve the best growth. All students work with our kitchen garden staff regularly and are part of the planting, harvesting, cooking and tasting process. The learning that comes from this supports our desire to develop deep thinking students who can live an environmentally conscious lifestyle.
Youth Environment Leaders:
Students in year 5-7 have the opportunity to apply to be our Youth Environment Leaders and link with the Natural Resource Management (NRM). This initiative involves the student leaders participating in four excursions where they learn about sustainability and develop a local project to complete back at school. As leaders their role is to inspire others as they work through their sustainability project. Our current group of leaders are developing a biodiversity garden and an Aboriginal medicine and food trail here at school.
Lego League and Robotics:
A dedicated group of parents lead our Lego League Robotics Team each year. Students who opt into the after school program learn to build and code their Lego Mindstorm robot prior to competing in an international competition. We have had great success in the competition with our team’s robot awarded best design in the regional competition.
We have a proud culture of participating in a wide range of SAPSASA sporting competitions. Students are able to try out for school and regional based teams and have previously gone on to represent the district and state in a range of individual and team based sports.
Music is a big thing here at Lenswood. As part of the Australian Curriculum all of our students are supported to learn a wide range of instruments including ukulele, recorder and percussion instruments. As students work through the grades they can opt into formal instrumental music lessons, where a Department for Education music teacher attends school every week to give your child private or small group tuition. Our school also has a large primary school band, which performs regularly at school and at local events.
Festival of Music Choir:
The upper primary students participate in the festival of music each year and perform at the Festival Theatre. Our students rehearse weekly and are given the opportunity to trial for a position as soloist or host. In recent years we have had students selected for both the state choir and also hosting positions.
Camps and Excursions:
School camps and excursions play a vital part of the learning experience at Lenswood. From a young age our students are supported to build social skills, resilience and collaboration by going on class based and whole school camps and excursions. Every alternate year we plan a camp that includes students from reception to year seven. Our most recent whole school camp had students travel to Aldinga where they worked with Kaurna Elder Uncle Tamaru to develop a better understanding of Aboriginal culture, history and perspectives. The learning that happens on a school camp cannot be replicated on site and is something we are extremely proud of. In their senior years, our older students also have the opportunity to travel to Canberra for a camp where students gain a valuable understanding about Australia’s Government and the history of our nation. Other recent camps include a Physical Education Aquatics Camp, study tour to Sovereign Hill and in the coming year we are working to develop an outdoor education focus camp in our local Fox Creek Reserve.