The school provides educational programs based on the National Curriculum in Mathematics, English, Science and History. The other learning areas are based on Education Queensland’s Curriculum. Freestone State School not only values the academic development of students but also their social and emotional development. In order to cope with the demands of our modern society there has to be a balance between these two crucial areas.
It is our belief that our educational programs that focus on strong literacy and numeracy skills as well as our focus on social skills and emotional resilience enable our students to make successful transitions to high school. Where possible our programs are designed to meet the needs of the individual learners and we pride ourselves on explicit teaching practices.
Technology is an important feature in our classrooms and every classroom has an interactive whiteboard as well as laptops, desktops as well as an i-pad. Students have access to a range of technology resources and devices that are networked and these are utilised on a daily basis to enhance our curriculum. Teachers encourage students to use these tools to research and investigate as well as to communicate, design and create. Technology is used to enhance our teaching practices and engage students however teachers are responsible for the delivery of the curriculum and explicit teaching.
Music, HPE (Health and Physical Education) and LOTE/ Japanese (Languages Other than English) are delivered through specialist teachers who visit the school on a weekly basis. We have an excellent art program where students are taught a range of skills in small groups, using different mediums.
Once a fortnight, visiting ministers or teachers of religion visit the school to deliver Cooperative Religious Instruction Classes. These classes are not compulsory and alternative arrangements can be made for students not participating.
Our school has a flexible approach when meeting the individual needs of the student whether they require learning support and intensive intervention or whether they are gifted and talented. Our multi-age setting allows students to access the curriculum at a level where they can be engaged and have a higher chance of experiencing success which allows them to grow in confidence. Support programs are developed in consultation with the student, parent as well as support staff.
Regular meeting are held between teachers and support staff to monitor the effectiveness of programs and feedback is given to the parents. The school has access to a Guidance Officer, Advisory Visiting Teacher, Behaviour Support Teacher, Speech Language Pathologist as well as a Learning Support Teacher.
As a small school we understand the importance of students interacting with a wider range of peers. Each term we organise activities between the other small schools within our cluster. These include Sport’s Days, Friendship or Harmony Days, Under and Over 8’s Day as well as a number of transition programs for students in upper primary to access the local High Schools.