Developing community partnerships is a school priority. The school and Governing Council work together to continue to strengthen our ties to the local and wider community. This provides our students and families with additional resources as well as opportunities to support learning outside the classroom and in real life contexts.
Salisbury Family Centre/Community Hub
The Salisbury Family Hub is a welcoming place where families, especially migrant and refugee families, with young children come to connect, share and learn. The Hub offers a range of services and programmes including: playgroups, English classes, sewing classes, parenting classes, art and craft, women’s groups and a parent reading programme.
Salisbury Primary School is a better buddy school. The Better Buddies programme was developed by the Allannah and Madeline Foundation. The programme supports us to create a caring, friendly and safe school environment through the promotion of a buddy system where the older students support and mentor younger students. This has been a particularly successful programme in the new Reception classes. Older students have been helping with reading and activities each morning and support the Receptions in the yard during playtimes.
Buddy systems teach, and give children the opportunity to practise the important values of respect, care, inclusion and acceptance, responsibility and friendship. These skills help build positive relationships and address bullying and harassment.
The Smith Family
The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians get the most out of their education so they can create better futures for themselves. No one would deny that children are Australia’s most vulnerable and precious resource. However, right now one in seven children are living in disadvantage and are unable to access the same educational, health or life opportunities that many of us enjoy and often take for granted. The Smith Family believes that education is the key to changing lives.
As research has shown, supporting a child’s education is one of the most effective ways of breaking the cycle of disadvantage and ensuring they can access the same learning opportunities as their peers.
We work together on projects promoting Health and Wellbeing of our students and their families. Salisbury Council provided funding to the school to support the development of our very popular bike track.