Lindenow South Primary School is a small rural caring community school located approximately 25 kilometres west of the rural city of Bairnsdale. The school is nestled amongst the picturesque market-garden landscape of Lindenow South.
What sets this school apart is the small class sizes allowing for individualised learning and teaching plans. The current school enrolment (2022) consists of 13 students and 8 staff.
Students are drawn from both the local community of Lindenow South and surrounding district including Bairnsdale, Iguana Creek, Holland’s Landing, Raymond Island and Stratford.
The expansive school grounds feature an oval, tennis courts, two playgrounds and a kitchen garden. The ‘Playground to Plate’ program involves students caring for and maintaining the vegetable garden and orchard weekly and using garden harvest to prepare and cook meals in the new purpose-built kitchen fortnightly.
The playgrounds sit amongst established trees and landscaped gardens and feature slides, climbing frames, monkey bars, cubby house, sand pit, Giants Chess, four square and hopscotch courts, a boat and several undercover seated areas.
The school has a strong commitment to ICT (Information and Communication Technology) programs and resources. Each child is supplied with their own ipad and laptop for school, and each classroom is equipped with smartboards and programs to support the learning and teaching of Coding and Robotics from Foundation to Grade 6.
The school delivers the curriculum through music LOTE (French), HASS (humanities and social sciences), STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), art, science, horticulture, robotics, Indigenous perspectives, English and Mathematics.
All students are provided with one on one reading lessons four days a week with education support staff, until they reach independent reading and comprehension levels. Students’ additional learning needs are also catered for with the provision of one fulltime and two part-time education support staff, who are familiar with addressing a diverse range of needs including but not limited to- ASD, ADD, ADHD, ODD, PDA, anxiety, dyslexia and physical disabilities.
The school has a strong culture of inclusion with very high expectations for appropriate social conduct and problem resolution. There is a zero tolerance for bullying or other anti-social behaviour by students within school or outside in the community.