Charnwood-Dunlop
School

An ACT Government School


Principal's Message

I am delighted and proud to be the principal of Charnwood-Dunlop School. Our professional staff value the strong and diverse community of our school where we work together with our energetic parents and citizens (P&C) and School Board to support all students to grow and learn. Our school vision is:

‘Together as a community of staff, students and families we will create a safe and encouraging  learning environment where wonder and curiosity are nurtured and every child is empowered to reach their full potential. We will value diversity and build respectful relationships through effective communication.’

The staff at Charnwood-Dunlop School work collaboratively to provide a professional learning community where we have high expectations for all students and provide opportunities to extend and support individual learning.  Our REACH values of Respect, Excellence, Acceptance, Commitment and Honesty underpin everything we do. As part of this we have a ‘Positive Behaviours for Learning’ (PBL) approach to student engagement and wellbeing. PBL is a well-researched philosophy grounded in the idea that changing a student’s environment and engagement in class can change desired behaviours. Our school expectation is that all students are positively engaged in their learning, they are safe and they are respectful.

The Belconnen Primary Introductory English Centre (BPIEC) is an important part of our school. Students attend the BPIEC to learn English for two terms before transitioning to their local primary schools. The inclusion of the BPIEC provides a unique and valuable opportunity for all our students to develop intercultural understandings, create connections and develop an appreciation of diversity in our global society.

Students have many opportunities to learn and succeed at Charnwood-Dunlop School:

  • A strong focus on improving outcomes in literacy and numeracy through differentiated learning including reading, writing and maths workshops
  • Positive Behaviours for Learning to encourage high expectations for engaging in learning
  • REACH values – Respect, Excellence, Acceptance, Commitment and Honesty
  • Spanish language program
  • Primary Investigations Science
  • Integrated enquiry
  • Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework
  • Technology – all students from Year 3-6 have access to a chrome book; Junior class sets of IPads and Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) in every classroom
  • Arts program including Year 5/6 band, specialist music teacher K-4, lunch time guitar lessons, dance, drama and visual arts including ‘Artist of the Month’ awards
  • Sports, Health and PE – we are part of the Ride and Walk to School and Fresh Tastes initiatives. Our school regularly competes in rugby, touch football, swimming and athletics as well as prioritise regular fitness, healthy eating and physical education
  • ABC CafĂ© – open every morning from 8.30-9.00am for breakfast and reading. Families and volunteers are very welcome to join us
  • Reading and literacy intervention programs
  • Gifted and Talented programs including after school clubs and the Magellan Program in conjunction with Melba Copland Secondary School
  • Year 5 and 6 leadership programs including School Parliament and Inspire program
  • ACT Rostrum public speaking for senior students
  • Sports Houses and e=praise points system for promoting positive behaviour, citizenship  and sportsmanship
  • School assemblies each fortnight on Friday afternoons to celebrate student achievements and provide opportunities for student performances
  • A whole school Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
  • Celebrations such as NAIDOC Week, Harmony Day, ANZAC Day, Book Week and National Literacy and Numeracy Week
  • Community Dirt Bike Track – the school has a permanent professionally-built dirt bike track available for use by the students and the community

If you would like further information or to visit Charnwood-Dunlop School please contact us on 6205 7322 and we will happily show you around and share more about our wonderful school.

Debbie Martens

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