Special Features

Outdoor Education Camps

Outdoor Education and Camps

The Outdoor Education Program at Jells Park PS is seen as an integral part of the learning process for students. It provides valuable educational and social opportunities for students in settings and circumstances outside everyday school life.

It promotes the development of socialisation, independence, cooperation and responsibility. It also allows students to develop skills of observation, note taking, and reporting of events and to undertake new physical challenges.

The Outdoor Education Program at Jells Park PS provides a sequential progression of camp experiences:

Preps A Pyjama Party one evening at the school.
Grade’s 1 & 2 Twilight Activity evening at the school.
Grade 3 A one night sleep-over camp at Ballarat.
Grade 4 A two night camp at Phillip Island Adventure Resort.
Grade 5 A four night camp at Coonawarra Camp in Gippsland.
Grade 6 A four night Educational Tour / Camp of Canberra.

A bi-annual invitation for selected student to attend the Somers Camp is also issued by the DEECD.  This is a nine-day camp and includes students across a variety of different schools.

Tournament of Minds

Tournament of Minds

Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a problem solving program for teams of students from both Primary and Secondary years. Students are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:

  • Applied Technology
  • Language Literature
  • Maths Engineering
  • Social Sciences

TOM is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem-solving, to demonstrate their creative skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.

Wakakirri

Wakakirri

Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3-7 minute performance, by students, on stage using a blend of creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music and/or live singing. Each item needs to be telling a story (either original or known), delivered on stage with a clear ‘beginning, middle, end’. A huge emphasis is on recycling and reusing materials which Jells Park PS has been rewarded on over the past 2 years.

Concert

Concert

Each year we have a whole school concert held at Caulfield Grammar’s magnificent performing arts centre. 

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Students are encouraged to recycle water, minimise their use of energy and reduce the amount of non-recyclable material brought to school in lunch boxes.

In addition the school has solar panels, water tanks, and worm farms.

Maths Talent Quest

Hosted by the Mathematics Association of Victoria (MAV), Maths Talent Quest aims to capture the imagination of teachers and students. It allows students to investigate mathematics on an individual/group/class basis with the chance to have fun, see mathematics in real life situations and receive recognition for their achievements.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

This programme encourages all our students to read a range of literature to foster a life-long love of reading. 

RACV Energy Breakthrough Challenge

 

The RACV Energy Breakthrough is an exciting program designed to provide opportunities for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a vehicle  or innovation in technology that will represent an 'energy breakthrough'.

 

Check out our JPPS Racing website for more details.

School groups work throughout the year to design, build and test vehicles within detailed specifications. It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach. These groups then take their vehicles to Maryborough in November, for a huge celebration in which they can demonstrate and trial them in action. 

State School Spectacular

The Victorian State Schools Spectacular is one of the largest recurring performances in Australia. It is a professionally staged production performed at Melbourne Park to an audience of over 10,000 people.

The Spectacular includes a cast of some 2,500 government school students, working towards a common goal in a collaborative, competition-free environment.

Its dual aim is to provide an invaluable performing arts opportunity to Victoria’s government school students and to showcase the enormous talent that exists in our schools. This is manifested in a 2-3 hour scripted show that celebrates a diversity of performance mediums, including choir, dance, vocal, drama and orchestra.

OSHC Club

Jells Park is most fortunate in being able to offer a very well-run and interesting before and after school care programme. It operates daily from 7:00am to 8:45am and from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. School holiday programmes are also available. For more information visit https://www.oshclub.com.au/oshclub.html

Student Wellbeing

The safety and wellbeing of our students remains a priority at Jells Park.  We know that happy children learn more effectively. TheKidsMatter Primary Framework is the basis of our wellbeing program, that we are continuing to expand to meet the needs of our school comunity. The Buddy Program continues to provide close links between different year levels and is a valuable support for the Preps as they begin their school life at Jells Park. In addition, our Values Program constantly reinforces our School Values of Respect, Honesty, Excellence and Resilience and our Student Code of Conduct create the friendly and supportive environment that is a feature of Jells Park.

Academic achievement

Jells Park has a proud history of academic excellence which is demonstrated by our students’ results and many achievements.

We have a strong commitment to encouraging all students to strive for excellence in a supportive environment, which recognises individual differences and different rates of learning.

Literacy and Numeracy are given special emphasis within the school’s integrated curriculum. Additional programs that support this include;

  • Early Years Literacy and Numeracy
  • Reading Recovery
  • Maths Talent Quest
  • Quicksmart Maths and Literacy

Our school philosophy encourages students to:

  • be motivated, inquiring and independent learners
  • achieve mastery of the curriculum, particularly in literacy and numeracy
  • acquire decision-making, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • learn and implement tolerance, respect and consideration of others
  • develop leadership skills and operate effectively as part of our school community 

Personalised Learning

At Jells Park we want all students to maximise their learning potential so at all levels from Prep to Grade 6 in core learning areas, the students are carefully assessed and placed in learning groups. These groups are flexible and students move between groups as their learning develops. This allows all students to learn at their appropriate level and support can be more readily targeted where needed. In addition the 1:1 iPad program in Level 4 allows all students to approach their learning in a more personalised way, making meaningful links with the wider community and engaging the students more fully in their learning.

Teaching Staff

Our committed and professional staff encourage high levels of performance from all students in a caring and supportive environment. All our staff are dedicated to the students at Jells Park and provide an engaging, enriching and differentiated programme. Professional Development of staff is an integral part of the focus placed in ensuring all staff members are keep abreast of current best practice. The result is first class educational programmes offered to the students, which develop and inspire their learning.

 

Specialist Programmes

Jells Park is most fortunate to be able to offer a number of programmes, delivered by specialist teachers including Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education and Mandarin.

ICT

Jells park is equipped with

  • Electronic whiteboards in all classrooms including specialist areas
  • Computers and iPads in every learning area
  • A dedicated computer lab

In addition, we offer a 1:1 iPad programme for all students in years 5 and 6. Tablet devices provide students with a personal gateway to our global society with access to more information, learning and collaboration opportunities than ever before. Such devices are a companion and a tool that can be used in countless different ways to achieve both personal and collaborative learning goals on a global level.