Learning at Casuarina Street Primary

A New Design For Learning

In the devel­op­ment of the Annu­al School Improve­ment Plan, the focus for all mem­bers of the school com­mu­ni­ty iden­ti­fied the will for stu­dents at the school to per­form at and above the Nation­al Mean across the Cur­ricu­lum, with spe­cif­ic tar­gets estab­lished to achieve this goal with­in the life of this plan.

In fur­ther devel­op­ing the role of our stu­dents in map­ping the jour­ney towards this goal is the place of the CSPS Learn­ing Commission.

Fol­low­ing the lead of schools with­in both ​‘The Har­ris Fed­er­a­tion’ and ​‘Knowl­edge is Pow­er Pro­gram (KIPP)’, cen­tral to the suc­cess of these mod­els is a clear and rig­or­ous process to engage the entire school com­mu­ni­ty in fram­ing the com­pe­ten­cies we val­ue, iden­ti­fy­ing spe­cif­ic ben­e­fits to our learn­ers and teach­ers through the co-cre­ation of prac­ti­cal enquiry and research (staff and stu­dents), a clear sense of the enti­tle­ments for every learn­er, teacher and the role of the cur­ricu­lum in pro­vid­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op our core com­pe­ten­cies and final­ly, a clear and defined ​‘CSPS Design for Learn­ing’. This will ensure that senior lead­ers are held respon­si­ble and account­able for real­is­ing the enti­tle­ments and that improve­ment plans and pri­or­i­ties draw on this frame­work for devel­op­ing out­stand­ing learn­ing and teaching

CSPS under­stands the impor­tance through ongo­ing part­ner­ships with the NT Music School (BEAT), Ten­nis Aus­tralia, AFL NT and the Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force; Casua­r­i­na Street Pri­ma­ry School under­stands the impor­tance of col­lab­o­rat­ing with oth­ers to ampli­fy suc­cess. As a school who have also expe­ri­enced great suc­cess through a sys­tem­at­ic and con­sis­tent School Wide Pos­i­tive Behav­iour Sys­tems Approach, the role of the Learn­ing Com­mis­sion would be to con­nect a range of exist­ing part­ner schools in the Kather­ine region with the impor­tance of this work; con­nect­ing lead­ers with NT and Aus­tralia wide exper­tise, empow­er­ing our stu­dent lead­ers to con­nect with schools across the Ter­ri­to­ry and chal­leng­ing the way we work to opti­mise our deliv­ery to pri­ori­tise the com­pe­ten­cies we recog­nise are crit­i­cal to the suc­cess of our students.

CSPS Leads the Northern Territory Learning Commission

Prin­ci­pals and Teach­ers from 16 schools in Kather­ine and Dar­win includ­ing: Casua­r­i­na Street Pri­ma­ry School, Clyde Fen­ton Pri­ma­ry School, Kather­ine School of the Air, Kather­ine South Pri­ma­ry School and Mac­far­lane Pri­ma­ry School, Kather­ine High School, Manyal­laluk School and Ngukurr School came togeth­er to estab­lish a ​Learn­ing Com­mis­sion’ for the Kather­ine and Dar­win regions Learn­ing About Learn­ing NTLC 2017.

The Com­mis­sion lead­ers worked togeth­er to estab­lish the intend­ed Role, Pur­pose and Lega­cy of the work and planned for the next steps to come and the engage­ment, voice and agency of Stu­dent Com­mis­sion­ers to co-design and learn along­side school lead­ers to col­lec­tive­ly realise these aspirations.

The North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Learn­ing Com­mis­sion is an ambi­tious ini­tia­tive designed to build an improve­ment in stu­dent engage­ment, moti­va­tion and learn­ing across the region. It is about empow­er­ing young peo­ple and adults to work in part­ner­ship towards a key goal, to dis­cov­er and share what it means to make learn­ing both high­ly engag­ing and effec­tive and to con­nect ideas and inves­ti­ga­tion to pro­vide sup­port and moti­va­tion for oth­ers who are seek­ing to sup­port their stu­dents to meet their incred­i­ble potential.

Casuarina Street Choir

The Casua­r­i­na Street Pri­ma­ry School Choir is made up of stu­dents from years 4, 5 and 6. We come togeth­er each week for 90 min­utes to sing and learn about music. The choir per­forms at many events through­out the year includ­ing Kather­ine and Dar­win BEATS, school assem­blies, Com­mu­ni­ty Christ­mas Car­ols to name a few.

Stu­dents learn how to sing as a group, sing in two parts, lis­ten to each oth­er and to soloist singers and learn how to work togeth­er in a fun and enjoy­able environment.

The school choir is sup­port­ed by the NT Music school by hav­ing a teacher assist­ing at each choir session.


Sci­ence Tech­nol­o­gy Engi­neer­ing, Arts and Maths

Stu­dents in STEAM ses­sions devel­op con­fi­dence in design­ing and build­ing solar cars with sup­port from a vis­it from the solar car chal­lenge team. We have worked with New Eng­land Uni­ver­si­ty on col­lect­ing data on ants with­in our school. We have par­tic­i­pat­ed in engi­neer­ing com­pe­ti­tions and cel­e­brat­ed Sci­ence Week with an inter-school com­pe­ti­tion at Kather­ine High School. Through­out the year we have con­tin­ued to code, fly drones and pre­pare stu­dents for now and the future world. We have intro­duced The Arts in 2020, this will include Art, Dig­i­tal Media and Drama.

Casuarina Street Primary Curriculum


Work to update and com­plete the CSPS Whole School Cur­ricu­lum and Assess­ment Plan (WSCAP) occurs each year, devel­op­ing the use of Year Lev­el Plans to build inte­grat­ed units across the school link­ing Eng­lish, Math­e­mat­ics and Aus­tralian Cur­ricu­lum con­tent in Sci­ence, His­to­ry, Geog­ra­phy, Health and Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion across a two year­ly cycle (Years A and B).

Per­son­alised Learn­ing Plans (PLP’s) are put in place for all stu­dents, with explic­it per­son­al tar­gets that are devel­oped with stu­dents and fam­i­lies, includ­ing reg­u­lar oppor­tu­ni­ties to reflect on progress and reset tar­gets across the year. All teach­ing staff par­tic­i­pate in a num­ber of cross- school mod­er­a­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties of both writ­ing and read­ing judge­ments as well as build­ing a com­plete resource of rec­om­mend­ed texts to sup­port the deliv­ery of Eng­lish units of work from T‑6.

Pro­gres­sive Achieve­ment Tests (PAT) for Math­e­mat­ics and Read­ing are imple­ment­ed across the school from T‑6 with these results avail­able to stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents. These are also includ­ed in PLP’s.Two mem­bers of staff par­tic­i­pate in NAPLAN mark­ing pan­el train­ing each year and com­plete a role as asses­sors for stu­dent writ­ing in Dar­win, work­ing with oth­ers at CSPS fol­low­ing this to deep­en and improve our use of Suc­cess Criteria.CSPS main­tains Spe­cial­ist Teach­ing Teams to deliv­er units link­ing Aus­tralian Cur­ricu­lum Sci­ence, Maths and Eng­lish, with Health and Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion and The Arts also includ­ed in sub­ject spe­cial­ism with­in this team.


CSPS imple­ments a whole-school approach to ​‘Assess­ment of Stu­dent Com­pe­ten­cies’ for the analy­sis of data in Ear­ly Years for trends, and in iden­ti­fy­ing ​‘at risk’ stu­dents; with par­tic­u­lar links to a Region­al Data Lit­er­a­cy Coach to achieve this.

Per­son­alised Learn­ing Plans (PLP’s) are put in place for all stu­dents to include explic­it tar­gets for Numer­a­cy estab­lished from our base­line data.

Envi­sion Maths mate­ri­als were intro­duced and embed­ded across the school to sup­port teacher deliv­ery of Mental/​Oral starters, Shar­ing Learn­ing Inten­tions, Teach­ing con­cepts linked to the Achieve­ment Stan­dard across Years T‑6, dif­fer­en­ti­at­ed learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and reflec­tion on achieve­ment of the stat­ed Learn­ing Intention.

Visible and Personalised Learning

All members of the CSPS team have participated in ‘Visible Learning’ with leaders and experts from the Cognition Education Team. This work has been further reinforced by a ‘Statement of Intent’ which is used in planning within teams across years the school. Key elements of a personalised learning approach were established in Years 3 – 6 including: Communication Board, Class Meetings, Clinics, Educational Research Projects (ERPs) and Expos.
A Visible Learning Team is established across the school with Impact Coaches identified to support work undertaken in line with this program, participating in ongoing and high quality professional development with the Visible Learning team during the year. GradeXpert which is a data management system is implemented across CSPS locating and utilising student growth data for use in PLP conversations, Student Conferences and Assessment/Reporting requirements.