Developing Responsible, Independent & Resilient Learners
At St Anthony’s Primary School Alphington, we aim to develop responsible, independent and resilient learners equipped to thrive in a contemporary world. We do this by inspiring students to be active participants in their learning; teaching them to develop an understanding of the effect of their actions on themselves and others; and by encouraging connectedness to their peers and school community.
The core seven qualities we instil at our school are compassion, leadership, service, determination, courage, social justice and community spirit.
We encourage these values across all aspects of our school including our leadership programs such as School Captains, House Captains and classroom SRC’s.
Vertical Group Program
At St Anthony’s Primary School, we have a Vertical Group Program which aims to help students develop connections and build long term relationships with students and teachers across all the grade levels. The groups consist of students from Prep to Year 6 from the same House team.
Vertical groups come together regularly for a host of senior student lead activities including maths, puppet plays, school masses, sport activities, shared lunch and much more.
PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies)
In Prep to Year 2 we use the PATHS program to teach social skills. The program aims to develop resilience in our students and help them learn to improve their social and emotional intelligence. It covers the four main areas of:
Interpersonal problem-solving skills.
Berry Street Educational Model
In Years 3-6 social skills lessons are based on the Berry Street Educational Model.
The model aims to support the development of student’s physical, psychological, social and emotional capacities. It focuses on the four key elements of:
Body – de-escalation, mindfulness, self-regulation
Stamina - growth mindset, emotional intelligence, resilience, stamina for independent learning
Engagement – flow, willingness, positive emotions, cultivate wonder
Character – values, character strengths, community strengths, hope & gratitude.
We currently have one Provisional Psychologists from Cairnmillar Institute that work with referred students and their parents regarding social, emotional or educational concerns.
Australian Catholic University Speech Program
Prep students, as well as students whose parents or teachers feel they could benefit, are screened and assessed by ACU students. If required, they will continue to receive ongoing speech therapy during school.
At St Anthony’s the care and safety of our students is a priority. In 2016 we introduced Child Safe Standards in our school which includes a Child Safe Standards Policy, a Reporting Obligations Policy and a Code of Conduct in consultation with our staff and the School Education Board.
Extra Curricular Activities
Extra curricular activities are promoted across the school providing alternative options each week including run club, tennis, music, dance, chess, gardening, coding amongst other things. These encourage students to take on a new skill with new friends or to work on an activity that interests them.
St Anthony's Primary School Alphington, is a vibrant community with strong parish and local community connections.
School Education Board
The school has an enthusiastic and productive School Education Board. They act as a forum for discussion and are an advisory body to the Principal, on matters concerning education in the school. It provides a link between the Principal, parents and teachers.
St Anthony's Parents & Friends
We have a diverse and committed parent’s association that promotes a wonderful sense of community and spirit within the school. Parent volunteers organise school and community functions as well as social events, including our twilight fair held on the last Friday of February each year. For further enquiries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before & After School Care
The school offers before and after care programs that are facilitated by OSHClub www.oshclub.com.au. Their hours are 7am - 8.40 am and 3.30 - 6.00 pm.
Our school facilities and grounds include:
Library Resource Centre
Performing Arts Hall
Visual Arts Room
Basket Ball Courts
Long Jump Pit
Discovery Play Area
Before & After School Care Building
NEWS & EVENTS
The St Anthony's school calendar can also be found in the school newsletter.
2022 Term Dates
Term 1: Monday 31 January - Friday 8 April
Term 2: Tuesday 26 April - Friday 24 June
Term 3: Monday 11 July - Friday 16 September
Term 4: Monday 3 October - Tuesday 20 December