Small school, strong community spirit

By Cobram Courier

With around 150 students, Barooga Public School has a community feel about it, where all of the students and staff know and care for each other.

Principal John Francis said Barooga Public School has small class sizes, especially in the beginning years, allowing for more individualised learning.

Mr Francis said the school followed the Australian Curriculum, as do all schools.

“Our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is definitely a great feature of Barooga Public School, with students in years 3-6 having weekly lessons in either the kitchen or garden,” Mr Francis said.

“Barooga Public School students participate in a range of learning opportunities on various age appropriate excursions related to areas of the curriculum being covered,” he said.

Mr Francis said Barooga Public School has had sustained levels of achievement, especially amongst its Year 3 students.

He said teachers have been assessing students, against markers, every five weeks and adjusting the student learning focus accordingly.

“Barooga Public School has used its funding to make smaller classes and provide additional support for individuals as well as classes,” Mr Francis added.

“The arts are incorporated into the school’s curriculum, so each and every student can participate at age- and ability-appropriate activities,” he said.

“As part of our school’s network in NSW, we have lots of opportunities for students to connect with other local students in areas including drama, art, STEAM, dance camps, along with the many sporting activities provided through the PSSA (Primary School Sports Association).”