Grovely State School is an innovative, progressive school, catering for approximately 370 students from Prep to Year 7.
Our students are encouraged to participate and actively engage in all facets of school life in a nurturing, family oriented and caring environment.
Our strength is in our diversity. Students come from varied cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. This diversity is catered for through quality Mainstream as well as Montessori learning programs.
The Grovely State School community is growing. We unite towards the same goal - to provide quality learning experiences that holistically prepare each and every student for their futures.... to be the best they can be.
In a state first, 2009 saw the introduction of a Montessori Learning Program into Grovely State School.
Montessori has provided the perfect complement to our quality Mainstream program and offers greater choice of educational provision to our families. The school offers Cycle 1, Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 classes taught by trained Montessori teachers as well as classes from Prep to 7 in Mainstream.
The Montessori Method of education employed at Grovely State School was developed by Dr Maria Montessori (1870-1952), who was an Italian medical doctor. It was developed over many years of observing and working with children in the learning process. Observing stages of development within many individuals allowed Dr Montessori to develop her holistic intellectual, social, physical and emotional capabilities-based method of assisting childhood development. It consists of an education philosophy accompanied by teaching materials. This method is based on individual guidance according to each child’s specific and immediate needs, changing stages of development and varying capabilities.
Montessori believed that children learn best by being taught concepts in a concrete form, that they need to touch and manipulate objects and not just hear information. In a Montessori school many concepts across the curriculum, and especially in the area of mathematics, are introduced in a concrete way even after children have the transition into thinking abstractly at about the age of nine. Independent effort by the child is encouraged and protected. Concentration is allowed to grow and individuality is honoured. Dr Montessori believed that children have an innate positive attitude towards learning. This attitude is fostered at our school. The dignity and rights of the child are respected always. Positive guidance is used to assist a child to substitute appropriate for inappropriate behaviour.
The Values of Grovely State School are: Respect, Responsibility, Resilience.
These core values are embraced by all in the Grovely State School community. They are the key to creating a positive school culture and a successful school community. These values are explicitly taught, practised and reinforced by all. Grovely aims to provide a physical environment that is a safe, stimulating and a fun place in which to learn, work and play. It is a social environment that fosters caring, respectful relationships and participation in school decision-making free from discrimination, harassment and intimidation.
Grovely State Schoo has fostered and enjoys strong, positive relationships with parents and believe that....'When home and school work together, great things happen for children'
The Curriculum at Grovely State School involves:
. A Prep to Year 7 program
. A strong focus at Grovely State School is on the achievement of literacy and numeracy.
. A music program comprising strings, brass, woodwind, percussion and choral program.
. Sports programs, with a major emphasis on participation include swimming, rugby league, softball, touch football and netball are offered. A swimming club operates each Friday evening drawing families from within the school and wider community.
. A LOTE program from years 4-7 offers Japanese tuition.
. A school chaplain to assist with family support and pastoral care with the school community.
. Celebrations of Learning are conducted each term to showcase the work of students and provide parents with the opportunity to engage in the learning program of their children. Annual celebratory events include: ANZAC Day; Harmony Day; Education Week; Literacy and Numeracy Week; NAIDOC; Under Eights.
. Grovely State School community includes children with special needs as well as those from a range of cultural backgrounds. Our community celebrates the diversity within our school.
. An Out of Hours School Care, facilitated by the YMCA, supports students before and after school and at vacation time.
. Red Cross programs include Early Intervention and Family Support
The Facilities at Grovely State School include:
. Extensive, beautifully maintained grounds
. 25m swimming pool complex
. Tennis courts with lights (available for hire)
. An impressive Performing Arts complex
. A well-resourced library
. A highly functional and contemporary Electronic Learning Centre
. A large kitchen garden where children and parents can participate in vegetable gardening, harvesting, food preparation and special projects that include a frog pond, worm farm and ZWAP (zero waste action program)
. Electronic whiteboards in every classroom across the school link classes to the outside world, providing online learning experiences.
. Refurbished classrooms