Our Camping program runs annually in Grade 5 and Grade 6. In Grade 5 our students visit the Phillip Island Adventure Resort for three days, participating in activities such as Giant Swing, Raft Making, Canoeing, Archery, Ponding and Circatron. In Grade 6, our students travel to The Summit in Trafalgar East for three days, exploring more challenging outdoor activities such as High Wire, The Cave, Flying Fox, Giant Swing, Laser Tag and Wombat Hole, culminating in The Monster Course on the final day.
All students at Templeton are assigned a House, named after one of four Australian Sports Legends. Throughout the week, students are awarded House Points for good behaviour, academic achievements and sport. Every Friday at assembly, our House Captains announce the winning House for the week. Points are accumulated throughout the year, with the winning House awarded the House Trophy. Our House Captains are elected every year from Grade 6. These students lead their House in all sporting events at the school.
Click on each Australian Sports Legend to find out more about the namesake of your House:
If you do the work, you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.
Our Swimming Program is run from Prep – Grade 4 at Nunawading Aqualink in Term 1 and 4. Students participate in a 8 hour-long sessions with a qualified swimming instructor. The learn to swim program provides opportunities for children to become competent swimmers and develop life-saving survival skills in a fun, stimulating and supportive environment.
Children are graded by both their skill and physical maturity so that all children in the class are of a similar level. Individual swimming skills in our program have been broken down for ease of learning. As your child masters each skill, new skills are added.
Just Swimming Nunawading is considered one of the best swim schools in Australia. With more than 3600 children enjoying and learning in swimming lessons each week, the quality of the program is recognised throughout the country.
School Group Swim Programs are held during school terms. Just Swimming Nunawading provides a comprehensive school swimming and water safety program. To further enhance the “Swim & Survive” program, Just Swimming Nunawading has developed a parallel ‘skill-based’ set of competency standards. Swimmers are expected to achieve these skills, in addition to the Swim & Survive requirements, to complete the relevant levels. The School Group Swim Programs are currently utilised by more than 40 local schools as part of the curriculum.
Templeton’s Chinese language program is run by Mrs Xiao-mei Lin and Mr Robin Miao. It starts from Grade Prep, with a focus on Chinese Cultural studies. Grade 3 – 6 students attend full immersive language lessons once a week. Due to the high number of students at Templeton with an Asian background, we also run a full extension program to further develop our students’ Language skills.
Our Information and Communications Technology (ICT) program has been running at Templeton since 2000, when Les Boag, Keith Foster, Mark Johnson and the School Council built our Computer Lab in the main building. Our Lab has recently been refurbished with brand new furniture and 30 new workstations running Windows 10. At the end of 2015, we have expanded the Library program to incorporate 20 refurbished work stations.
Our ICT program is designed to not only extend the skills of children in word processing, presentations and educational games, but provide opportunities to explore web building, animation and movie making.
In Grade 1 we have a trolley of 20 laptops and 24 desktop computers. The students have access to the Library and Computer Lab, and attend a 45 minute weekly ICT lesson. Programs and websites explored by Grade 1 in ICT include:
Saving, Opening Files
In Grade 2 we have 26 desktop computers and a trolley of 28 Laptops, shared with Grade 3. The students have access to the Library and Computer Lab, and attend a 45 minute weekly ICT lesson. Programs and websites explored by Grade 2 in ICT include:
Our Grade 2 students also begin On-Demand Testing in the Computer Lab in May and November
In Grade 3 we have 26 desktop computers and a trolley of 28 laptops, shared with Grade 2. The students have access to the Library and Computer Lab, and attend a 45 minute weekly ICT lesson. Programs and websites explored by Grade 3 in ICT include:
Our Grade 3 students undertake On-Demand Testing in the Computer Lab in May and November
In Grade 4 we have 28 desktop computers shared across two mini-labs. The students have access to the Library and Computer Lab, and attend a 45 minute weekly ICT lesson. Programs and websites explored by Grade 4 in ICT include:
Green Screen Animation
Webcams & Animation
Our Grade 4 students undertake On-Demand Testing in May and November in the Computer Lab
In Grade 5 we have 20 desktop computers, a bank of 20 lap tops and 10 Windows tablets. The students have access to the Library and Computer Lab, and attend a 45 minute weekly ICT lesson. Programs and websites explored by Grade 4 in ICT include:
Green Screen Animation
Webcams & Animation
Our Grade 5 students undertake On-Demand Testing in May and November in the Computer Lab
In Grade 6 we have a mini-lab of 28 desktop computers and a trolley of 20 lap tops. The students have access to the Library and Computer Lab, and attend a 45 minute weekly ICT lesson. Programs and websites explored by Grade 4 in ICT include:
Green Screen Animation
Our Grade 6 students undertake On-Demand Testing in May and November in the Computer Lab
Students in Grade 5 and 6 using a Canon D100 SLR experimented with different lighting, exposure and focus using different mediums. These included portrait, nature, close up and action shots. The 4 week intensive sessions produced excellent results and students then used editing software to enhance their photographs by looking at sharpening items, removal of objects through use of airbrush, cropping and improving colour balance.
All student photographs will be on display through the LAB corridor over the last part of Term 4 to celebrate their fantastic achievements.
Aidan Schanssema – ICT Teacher
The Templeton Primary School Chess Program is an integral part of our school. Students in Grade 2 – 6 have the opportunity to participate in fully immersive Chess lessons with Wayne, our specialist Chess teacher. Our school is highly successful in district and regional Chess competitions, with our various awards visible in our trophy cabinet.
Our Chess Club runs on Tuesdays after school in the Library with Wayne Guy. If you would like your child to participate, please download the form the below and return to the office.
Our Performing Arts program is run by Mrs Wood and Mrs Taylor from our School Council funded centre located near the Top Junior Playground. The program incorporates music, performance and dance, while Grade 2-6 students also have the opportunity to learn specialised instrumental music lessons. In Term 3, Grade Prep learns Bush Dancing, culminating in a Bush Dance in the GP Room. The Grade 2 cohort conducts a performance night in Term 3 run by Mrs Taylor.
The Grade 6 Musical is the highlight of every year at Templeton, with our Grade 6 students always delivering a spectacular night of entertainment. Led by Pam Wood and Kristy Phang, our Performing Arts Team has staged a Musical every year since 1996. Students audition in November, followed by rehearsals beginning in February. At the end of Term 2, our students deliver the performance at Forest Hill Secondary College. In 2017, our musical is ‘The Amazing Adventures of SuperStan.’
1996 Rat Race
1997 Currawong Creek
1998 Holes in the Soles
1999 Man of Steel
2003 Calamity James
2004 The Cat and the Riddle
2005 Dog Gone Crazy
2006 Choc A Block
2008 Kids at Sea
2009 Jurassic Lark
2010 All's Well That Ends Swell
2011 Kids in Paradise
2012 Go for Gold!
2013 Pirates of the Curry Bean
2014 What a Knight!
2015 Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies
2016 Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits
2017 The Amazing Adventures of SuperStan
Our Instrumental Music Program runs every Thursday in the Community Room. Students in Grade 3-6 have the opportunity to learn clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, flute and percussion in 30 minute group lessons with Taliya Blom from Musicorp. Once students have reached a discretionary level of competence, they are edible for the Templeton Band, which has before school rehearsals and performs at assemblies and events.
Vicky Howse runs our Violin program on Wednesdays in the Community Room. Students in Grade 1-6 can receive individual or group lessons in the Community Room, with the opportunity to perform in the Templeton Band and the Templeton String Ensemble, who rehearse on Wednesdays at lunchtime.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in the Instrumental Music Program, please contact Pam Wood on 9801 7450, or Musicorp on 1300 858 911.
We offer a stimulating visual arts program which encourages creative and imaginative ways of thinking. Students have the opportunity to express their knowledge, ideas and feelings in an individual and expressive way. We inspire the development of a strong sense of aesthetic appreciation, and skills and techniques in a range of media in all students.
We aim to inspire in our students an appreciation of all art forms and instil an ongoing enjoyment for visual arts
The Templeton Primary School Library is the learning hub of our school. It is home to a vast collection of non-fiction and fiction texts, teacher resources and the Edupass server room. Our library was reconfigured in 2015 to incorporate 25 desktop computers and the latest Library Bookmark software. The Library was renamed the Elizabeth Jones Memorial Library in honour of former staff member Elizabeth Jones, who passed away in 1987.
“It’s going to be all right, sir,” Harry said over and over again, more worried by Dumbledore’s silence than he had been by his weakened voice. “We’re nearly there … I can Apparate us both back … don’t worry …”
“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”
Mentoring Gifted Kids is an in-school extra-curricula program specifically designed to mentor children identified as gifted, assisting them to accept and further understand themselves as gifted people.
Kristy Phang is the coordinator of our Gifted Insights program that runs on Thursdays and Fridays in Room 30. If you are interested in enrolling your child, contact Miss Phang on 9801 7450.
Gifted: which children are gifted?
Whilst there is no universally accepted definition of giftedness, ‘outstanding potential and innate ability’ (Gagne) is a clear starting point.
A child may express this natural ability intellectually, creatively, socially and/or physically in ways noticeably different to children of the same age.
Although all gifted children have the potential to perform at a significantly higher level than their age-peers, their level of ability may be considered on a scale of mildly to extremely gifted. High to extreme levels of giftedness are rare, however about 10% of children may fall within the full range.