Student life…..Extra and Co-curricular Learning
Excursions, Incursions & Camps
Students experience an engaging and fun life at Playford College. The range of experiences change from Foundation to Middle School but the staff are mindful of creating a learning environment and culture which intrigues children’s brains and puts smiles on their faces.
With our focus on Inquiry teaching and learning, children are motivated to ask meaningful questions and then are provided time, challenges and engaging learning episodes to either answer those questions themselves or within class time. Our teachers are creative and make classroom life interesting. They use incursions and excursions to encourage children to wonder and learn from the real world. Our camps are wonderful social and meaningful learning occasions and include:
o a Year 2 and 3 one night camp at places like Narnu Farm on Hindmarsh Island with a focus on farm life and horse riding
o a Year 4 and 5 two night camp at places like Swan Reach with a focus on the River Murray
o a Year 6 two night adventure camp where students are challenged to grow in confidence and resilience
o a Year 7 three or four night tour of Canberra with a focus on democracy and the Australia’s capital
o a Year 8 and 9 camp to Victor Harbor with a focus on marine life and history
o These camps may change each year depending on the structure of classes and the topics being taught. Playford College believes camps are an important part of the curriculum and learning of our students.
o All students from Year 3 are invited to participate in a one night Hajj Camp which is conducted at school. This is a very special celebration which involves fun activities, food, prayer, teaching and community building.
The College is involved with extensive extra-curricular sporting opportunities through the South Australian Primary Schools Sports Association (SAPSASA) and the South Australian Secondary Schools Sports Association (SASSSA).
Our involvement with the Sporting Schools grants program has enabled badminton, AFL football, cricket, tennis and volleyball to be introduced to our students.
Within the College, after school and lunch-time clubs are popular and activities offered include Choir, Poetry, Math, homework, netball, Art, story time, knitting, soccer, basketball and spelling. These clubs are seasonal and are run according to staff availability and children’s interest.
Although Electives for Middle School students occur during school time, they are Co-curricular in nature because students choose their Electives. Elective offerings have included cooking, soccer, badminton, basketball, lawn bowls, drama, art, Chinese, ultimate frisbee, robotics and cricket.
There are many celebrations relating to the religious life of the College. As well, staff celebrate Harmony Day, Book Week, Science Week and the Premier’s Reading Challenge as whole school foci. For Mother’s and Father’s Day, the College organises a stall for students to buy gifts for their parents and loved ones.