Life Sciences Centre
The Life Sciences Centre has three distinct but connected areas. One space is the Garden.
The second space is the LSC room, which is home to a diverse range of animals including a Western Woma python named Winston, Golden Eyed Green Tree Frogs, and an amazing range of salt and fresh-water fish.
The third space incorporates half of an aquaponics system, breeding tanks for the Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon and is home to Ponde, our prized Murray cod. We are proud to give a home to our gudgeons, a Murray River fish thought to have been extinct until it was rediscovered in 2004. At Alberton, we have been involved in a breeding program leading to reintroducing the species to the wild.
Our aquaponics system takes waste water (nutrients) from our silver perch and yabby farming, and pumps it to external beds where it is used to grow produces including: lettuce, strawberries, herbs, and tomatoes.
The garden is continuing to be developed by children, staff, parent helpers and community members. It is a wonderful resource for social and hands-on learning where we work together to promote the wonder of nature. There is a myriad of wildlife nurtured within the garden, including chickens and insect life that students can discover throughout the day, including break times. This is a space where kids use play as a learning tool in the grass and mud areas.
There are opportunities for children to help maintain the school’s plant life through watering, weeding and planting experiences offered in Discovery. The Garden supports learning across the curriculum, from life cycles in Science to gaining inspiration in the Arts.
In 2018 the Aboriginal Families worked with the Government and the Department of Education to negotiate the construction of a new Rosey’s Room. This centre was delivered in April 2019; when opened it will be a place for community, connecting to culture, and mentoring.
Breakfast club is open every Wednesday and Friday morning from 8:15am in the cafe. This is a great opportunity for students to have some breakfast and start their day in a calm manner.
We are thankful for Kickstart who provide us with food, and our volunteers from Kickstart and MRS Property who volunteer their time at Alberton Primary School.
The Library is a space with an abundance of books to encourage and foster love of reading for children. We have an extensive range of Lexile books to support children’s reading and also a vast range of fiction books and non-fiction books. Not only is the library a place filled with wonderful books, it is also a space for children to seek solitude when in need, in a calm and supportive environment. Students are able to access activities and aids in our Library to support sensory needs.
Inside our Library we have a space called the Solare Room. This space is used by staff for professional learning meetings, and by students during play time as part of our Yard Play program. Activities in this space during yard play include art and craft activities fostering fine motor skill development and social skill development tasks developing resilience and a Growth Mindset. The Solare room is also accessed by our Smith Family on Monday’s from 3pm-4pm for our Learning Club.
The Library is a space loved by all at APS.
Gymnasium and basketball court
Some of the school’s facilities, in particular the gym and grounds, are for hire. The rates for hire will be dependent on your connection to the Alberton Primary School community, the extent of the hire and type of activity. A Hire Agreement must be entered into for any hire arrangements, whether for private or business purposes.
Please contact our Finance Manager for any enquiries regarding hiring these facilities.
School uniform is compulsory as it encourages our school value of Belonging. All uniforms supplied in the shop are quality hard wearing clothing and are in our school colours of navy and gold. If purchasing items from another supplier please ensure they are in our school colours.
Children have many outside play opportunities to run, climb, kick and explore, so sneakers are the most ideal footwear. Hats must be worn in Term 1 and 4 and must be purchased from the Uniform Shop to ensure they meet sun safety standards.
The uniform shop is operated by our Front Office staff. It is open 9am-10am and 2pm-3pm Monday – Friday. Qkr! may also be used to purchase uniform items.
The Governing Council oversees a school canteen, which runs five days a week. The canteen provides healthy and tasty options and operates within the “Right Bite” guidelines. There are seasonal menus to ensure a variety of options for children. The latest menu is available in your child’s Magpie Group.
The canteen is managed by Ina Woodards with support from volunteers. Please contact Ina via the school number if you are able to volunteer in the canteen at any time.
Lunches may be ordered each day. Order forms are available from students’ Magpie Rooms and the Nest. Orders may also be placed on Qkr!
The Café provides the students with the opportunity to cook sustainability using produce from the garden including seasonal and native ingredients. Students will develop a range of cooking skills appropriate to their age. This will support students to gain essential life skills. The Café also support the Kick Start for Kids breakfast program on Wednesdays and Friday where students are provided with a healthy breakfast.
Our aquaponics system takes wastewater (nutrients) from our silver perch and yabby farming and pumps it to external beds where it is used to grow produces including: lettuce, strawberries, herbs, and tomatoes.
Our Aqua room houses breeding tanks breeding tanks for the Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon and is home to Ponde, our prized Murray cod. We are proud to give a home to our gudgeons, a Murray River fish thought to have been extinct until it was rediscovered in 2004. At Alberton, we have been involved in a breeding program leading to reintroducing the species to the wild.
The Wildlife Room is home to a diverse range of animals including a Western Woma python named Winston, gorgeous Golden Eyed Green Tree Frogs, breaded dragons, Spinifex hopping mice and an amazing range of salt and fresh-water fish.
Alberton Primary School is undergoing a new project to replace our current playgrounds to a Nature Play Space. This space will service as a connection point between both sides of our school. Students, staff, and the community will all have the opportunity involved in the planning process. The Environments Ministry (Children’s Parliament) will be leading this planning with a Landscape Designer.
The Environments Ministry have started by identifying 4 main principles of Nature Play that they think are most relevant to our school. These principles are sustainability, sensory experiences, and connections to school and multipurpose play equipment that cater to all ages. Throughout the process the Environments Ministry will work with the designer to ensure all stakeholder views are considered within the overall design which provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen student’s vocabulary and concept development.
As community voice plays a vital role in the school decision making and planning process below is the DRAFT Nature play design. Please see our Week 7 Newsletter for a feedback form or visit our front office to collect one.