The school purchases materials for the library through its budget allocation and additional funding from the P&C Association. The library is well resourced and students borrow books weekly.
Each class from Pre-primary to year 6 hosts one assembly per year. They are held on a Friday commencing at 9:00am. Duration is approximately 45 minutes. The Term Planner and the Newsletter, advises in advance who will be conducting the assembly.
In addition to class assemblies the whole school meets in the undercover area at 8:45am on Friday for community singing. The specialist music teacher and music captains lead the whole school in singing songs from the music program. During community singing students who have demonstrated outstanding positive behaviour are presented with a Golden Star award.
Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in activities in and outside the school to supplement and support class and school programmes. Parents will be advised and permission sought on any occasion that students leave the school grounds.
LANGUAGES – JAPANESE
The subject is delivered using the West Australian Curriculum, mandated since 2018 and beginning in Year Three. The curriculum is full and varied, and study is intense. Reporting is done twice a year, with a number of formative and summative assessments each semester.
We have, in 2019, begun a sister-school relationship with Takinoya Elementary School, in Yabu City Japan. The school is two hours inland from Kobe in Hyogo prefecture. There are only forty two students (2019). The school campus is large, but the classes are small. The Year Six class has 9 students who will participate in the first exchange visit to Perth and Mount Claremont Primary School. We were chosen as their sister school when a district director and school deputy principal visited Perth in 2018 to find a suitable partner in this enterprise.
We regularly have visits from Japanese primary, high school and university students who bring further authenticity to the school’s Japanese language program. Our visitors always have an interesting and educational day when they come, and so do our willing students.
As well as learning the Japanese language, Mount Claremont students participate in a range of hands-on activities, such as cooking, origami, songs, games, dressing up in kimono, craft and research tasks. Wonderful parents volunteer to help these sessions take place. They are definitely the lessons most enjoyed by students.
STUDENTS AT EDUCATIONAL RISK
The Department of Education provides for students at educational risk (SAER). Students considered to be having difficulty are referred to the School Psychologist for assessment. After consultation with parents, the School Psychologist, in conjunction with the teacher, recommends the most desirable course of action for the student. This school has a SAER Coordinator who, in consultation with the Principal, has responsibility for this area. Students at Educational Risk may be either low or high achievers have an ‘Individual Education Plan (IEP)’ which outlines the educational outcomes expected to be achieved each term. Students with a disability are further supported by the School of Special Educational Needs (SSEN).