Prospectus algester state school V2021.1

Algester Primary School was established in 1977 and since then has grown to be a well respected place of learning within the local community. So highly valued that we require an Enrolment Management Plan for us to manage our capacity. Many people from outside our catchment area make enquires and we are only able to fill a portion of that number each year.

Our school highly values:

  • Respect for Self
  • Respect for Others
  • Respect for Place

You will see this when you visit our school. It is evident in the well mannered and polite students that you will meet, our dedicated and approachable teaching staff and the friendly and courteous office staff.

They are displayed in the attitude towards our work, our sportsmanship, our courage to try new things and in our pride for our school and the way we care for each other. We actively teach the Keys to Success:

  • Organisation
  • Confidence
  • Getting Along
  • Resilience
  • Persistence

School Sport

We have a number of opportunities for our students to be involved in home and interschool sport.

We have dedicated sports programs in the following 4 main sports at our school:

  • Netball
  • Touch Football
  • Rugby League
  • AFL

We have partnerships with local high schools for each of these sports so that students who are successful can pursue their sport at their next school.

We host annual Atheltics and Cross Country Carnivals for all students. Eligible students go on to represent the school at District, Regional or State Levels.

We also host an annual colour fun run as a fundraiser and an end of year swimming trials to determine students eligible to represent the school at District level.

We enjoy having parents and caregivers along to our sporting meets to encourage and support their children.

Year 5 & 6 students regularly participate in interschool sport with a number of additional sports to the major sports including:

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Teeball
  • Cricket

The school entered three teams in the State All Schools Touch Competition in 2019. Our students performed very well across the weekend with 3 teams making it to the finals on Sunday. The Junior boys made the quarter finals, the Senior girls made the semi-finals and the Senior boys won the Grand Final.

In 2020, our boys' and girls' teams both reached the semi-fianls for the AFL QCup State Titles.

Runcorn State HIgh School hosted a Touch Football Competition in 2020 and Algester State School entered 2 boys and 1 girls team. The Boys No. 1 Team were the champions on the day and our other two teams achieved credible third and fourth places.


Our school uses the Australian Curriculum and develops Units of Work collaboratively with teachers to deliver appropriate programs for each student.

Our Curriculum encourages students to become:

  • Problem Solvers
  • Creative Thinkers
  • Collaborative Learners
  • Digital Innovators

to prepare them for 21st Century communities and workplaces.

Subjects undertaken by our students include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • The Arts
  • History & Geography
  • Chinese
  • Health & Sport
  • Music
  • Technology

We run enhancement programs for selected students in:

  • Visual Arts
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Dance
  • Digital Technologies (iAssistants)
  • Instrumental Music for Strings
  • Instrumental Music for Brass & Wind Instruments
  • Coaching Programs in each of the school major sports

How we teach?

We use a range and balance of research proven, academically endorsed strategies known as Age Appropriate Pedagogies across our school.

These learning experience comprise of a number of common approaches:

  • Inquiry Learning
  • Event Based Learning
  • Project Based Learning
  • Explicit Instruction
  • Play-based Learning
  • Direct Teaching/Instruction

And built on applying the following common characteristics of learning:

  • Active Learning
  • Student Choice (Agentic)
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Creative Learning
  • Explicit Learning
  • Language Rich Learning (Dialogic)
  • Learner focussed
  • Narrative
  • Playful
  • Responsive
  • Scaffolded
Age Appropriate Pedagogies
Your child/ren will maximise their potential and love learning at Algester State School.

Quality Intervention Programs

We provide successful programs to support students who struggle with Reading. These differ across the school to meet the developing needs of the students. The programs include:

  • Mini Lit Program
  • Rip It Up Reading Program
  • Black Sheep Oral Language Program
  • Prep Oracy Program for children learning to talk English
  • Prep Story Club Program
  • Tailored and specialised programs to support students with identified needs
  • Personalised Learning Plans
  • Individual Education Plans
  • Adjusted Classroom Programs
  • Differentiated support
  • Specialised learning space for some activities known as the Hub

Gifted & Talented Students

We also support our students who are gifted in talented with various opportunities:

  • A formal diagnosis if appropriate
  • Differentiated Learning within the classroom
  • Participation in lessons at higher year levels in their area of talent
  • Participation in enhanced learning programs and clubs
  • Accelerated learning for eligible students
The school is driven by a deep belief that every student is capable of successful learning.

Executive Summary, External School Review, October 2020

Algester Primary School believes in the potential of every student. We also believe in the need for diversity within collaborative learning just as it is within workplaces to ensure that creative innovation can occur. For these reasons, we challenge the practice of placing high performing students together in special classes. Research doesn't back such programs. Instead, come and visit Algester State School and see how we can help your bright child to grow and flourish within a mainstream classroom environment. You will be astounded at what we offer!

Special Education Program

Algester State School has a special education program that supports students who have a verified disability in any of the following categories: ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder; ID – Intellectual Disability; SLI – Speech Language Impairment; HI – Hearing Impairment; VI - Visual Impairment; and PI – Physical Impairment.

This program supports students according to goals set in their IEP’s (Individual Education Plan) and PLP's (Personal Learning Plans). Sometimes, this support will take place on an individual or small group basis, at other times the SEP teachers or teacher aides will support the students within their classrooms.

The school exhibits an inclusive philosophy with programs developed and resources deployed to maximise learning and wellbeing.

Executive Summary, External School Review, October 2020

School Music

The school has weekly music lessons for all students. They learn the essentials of music including notation, rhythm, beat and instrumentation and participate in singing and accompanying music with percussion instruments.

Our students also use the Garage Band App to create music on their iPads.

Our student have opportunities to become involved in our Instrumental Music Programs.

We have two instrumental music programs:

  • Strings (Yr 3 and up)
  • Brass & Woodwind (Yr 4 and up)

Instruments can be borrowed for the first year of instruction but there is an expectation that students will purchase their own instrument after that. There is a hire fee for the loan of school instruments and a program fee for the purchase of copyrighted music for the children to use.

Tuition, however, is free. This is a privilege that most students in private school have to pay significantly extra for.

The school has two choral choirs for students:

  • Junior Choir
  • Senior Choir

The school choirs regularly perform at school events and assemblies and are a much love feature of the school. Recently, we have been enhancing choir performances with some short dance routines.

Our Instrumental Groups and Choirs also participate in events beyond the school:

  • Brisbane Singfest
  • Excursions to hear the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
  • Singing to Senior Citizens for the community
  • Karawatha Music Fest
  • Lions Club Annual Qld Day

Student Leadership Program

The aim of the school leadership program is to provide skills and opportunities for students to become leaders within the school and fill the senior school leadership positions.

Students wear their Leadership Badges with honour and pride.

Students in Year 5 are encouraged to explore their interests and nominate to become a school leader. They work through a leadership card and achieve adult ratification prior to being accepted. They are then able to nominate for school leadership positions. All students in Year 6 receive training in leadership and elected student leaders fulfil their roles leading school events, assemblies and presentations.

School Facilities

The school has well appointed facilities within a tree lined environment and is adjacent to Sheepstation Gully and associated parkland. A koala habitat is adjacent to the school.

Algester State School is a lovely community for your children.

The school has 40 classrooms and is currently at capacity. We have a range of styles but they are all spacious and well equipped. Many of our blocks are currently undergoing refurbishment.

The school has a dedicated small performing Arts centre adjacent to the Library. It is called the Algester Music & Arts Centre and it is known as the AMAC. It has dedicated lighting and audio visual equipment.

The school has three ovals for children to play in during lunch breaks. These include such facilities as:

  • Cricket Pitch
  • Cricket Practice Nets
  • Soccer Posts
  • Netball Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • Tennis Courts
  • Athletics Oval
  • Adventure Play Equipment

The school has a lovely tree filled environment. We have an Environment Club for students who meet regularly to investigate ways to make the environnment of the school even better.

Recent additions of solar panels have reduced our energy footprint significantly.

The school Tuckshop offers great healthy food and is open every day.

We also encourage our children to bring food to school for their lunches with minimal packaging to help save the environment.

All of the classrooms of the school are fully air conditioned. Our students have the privilege of having uninterrupted learning during the excessive heat of summer or the chillingly cool wintry days.

We have indoor and outdoor learning spaces for our students. Students love to go outside for their filming and project work to enjoy the sunshine and beautiful environment.

We have a variety of playgrounds your child will love to discover.

The school has a large performance hall with a fully appointed raised stage with permanent stage lighting and professional audio sound equipment. There are two large display screens so everyone can view the presentations.

Digital Technologies

Algester State School has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019–2022 for its work in digital pedagogies. Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

Algester Primary School is a Shared iPad School. This means that we use iPads for learning in every classroom in a combination of Bring Your Own Devices (around 85%) and shared devices provided by the school by students (around 15%). There is an expectation that all students enrolling will provide a device and the school will provide devices for students to share when this cannot occur. It is our experience that the best learning occurs for personally owned devices and not shared devices.

Our students use their iPads as tools for their learning in a variety of ways:

  • Drill Activities like learning Maths Facts, letters and numbers.
  • Creating content like documents and presentations
  • Annotating their learning with voice overs and mark ups.
  • Researching online information.
  • Collaboration with others in shared tasks.
  • Engaging in online and school developed quizzes.
  • Publishing their work in multimodal ways.
  • Sharing their work with classmates and their parents.
  • Creating code for robots and programming.
  • Note taking and organisation of learning tasks.
  • Documentation and storage of learning tasks.

One of the benefits of mobile devices is that they enable learning anywhere, anytime. This allows a shift away from the industrial era model of education where the classroom was the central place of learning driven by the teacher and limited to instruction within the school day. In deploying mobile devices, the teacher is no longer at the centre of the learning process and the instructional time can transcend the school day. (Goodwin, 2012). Algester has witnessed a surge in the learning undertaken at home by students in iPad classes. A discourse founded in the United States Of America, entitled ‘Flipped Learning’ explores the use of mobile devices for undertaking home tasks for learning and school time becomes a reflection of this work and engagement in higher ordering thinking tasks. Many of our classes using iPads are exploring the ‘Flipped Learning’ space.

Setting up the devices to use at school is simple and we provide online and face to face support for parents. We have strict usage agreement forms, security procedures and cybersafety lessons to support our children.

Students love using iPads to support their learning and find them very motivating and engaging.

iPads are a tool to support learning and used consistently throughout the school day. However, they are not used exclusively, and the school still undertakes regular hands on and pencil and paper tasks like other schools. Handwritten work is still important to us and your children will learn all of the skills they need for learning.

Another benefit of iPads is that they promote collaborative learning. (Diemer et al., 2012) Collaborative learning helps students develop skills that have a long term benefit and are a feature of 21st Century classrooms as they prepare students for workplaces that involve teamwork, negotiation and collaboration. Studies observing student behaviours indicate that students using iPads are more in sync with their peers than students not using iPads. The iPad-equipped students worked at the same pace as one another and shared their screens to help one another solve tough problems. (Diemer et al., 2012). This can be easily observed in the classes that use iPads at Algester where students readily work together to solve problems, share their work and ideate new concepts together.

A substantial feature of iPads is the ability of teachers to tailor the learning tasks to suit the student. This ability to differentiate for students and cater for individual learning needs and preferences makes the devices truly personal. Many of the instructional Apps track student levels. The open ended Apps like ‘Book Creator’ allow children of all levels to express themselves at their own level. The predictive text function supports students to learn spelling and the choices involved in all of the Apps to scaffold and compensate for students’ emerging skills give a strong sense of student ownership of learning.

Using iPads changes the way teachers teach and students learn. Schools report that academic performance is improving with iPad use. (Apple, 2016) Five years after implementing their one to one iPad program, Montlieu Academy of Technology, North Carolina, reported growth in test scores in all core subjects. They improved their academic achievement by 44.9% in reading and over 55% in maths and science. All classrooms at Valencia Park Elementary School, California have implemented a one to one iPad learning program and they have been recognised as one of the top performers in their state. Students gained a reading fluency rate by 4.6 words per minute in Year 2.

At Algester Primary School, our NAPLAN results for 2017 - 2019 reflect an increasing number of our students achieving in the upper two bands for literacy and numeracy since the introduction of iPad classes across our entire school.

Our society is changing quickly. Technology is at the forefront of change within workplaces as it permeates all spheres of employment. Automation, robotics, coding, drones etc are all impacting on future work options for students. The age of personal devices is amongst us with most adults using a mobile smart phone for work and play. Education needs to adapt to this changing world. The use if iPads for learning is a great way for us to prepare our students for this future.

Algester State School's Digital Vision

Parents & Citizens' Association

We at Algester Primary School are very fortunate to have a strong and friendly P&C association. It’s easy to be involved all you need to do is join us at our friendly and relaxed P&C meetings. The P&C meet on the third Tuesday of each month in the Staffroom at 6:00pm. General school improvement and matters of educational interest are discussed at these meetings. New parents are warmly welcomed to the meetings and we are always ready to listen to fresh ideas, which can only benefit and enhance this fantastic school.

Before & After School Care

The school has an external provider located on the school grounds that provides a before and after school care service from 6 a.m. in the morning until school commences and after school until 6 p.m. There are fees associated with this service and you should contact the Director to make arrangements for your child/ren. Due to their age, the service provides a drop off and pick up service for Prep children. Numbers are limited so you should arrange your requirements as soon as possible. There are also other nearby services that you also might like to consider.

Pastoral Care

We have a caring, supportive staff at Algester and we will nurture and encourage your child through their schooling.

Pastoral care in our school involves the development of the whole student. This involves supporting each student in their entire school life experience whilst engaging families in the process:

  • Academically
  • Physically
  • Socially
  • Emotionally
  • Cognitively

We provide a learning environment that shows students that their wellbeing is important and being considered in the classroom and throughout their learning. This is done through:

  • Personalisation of learning tasks
  • Activities that are of interest to the students
  • Offering them opportunities to take ownership of their learning
  • Providing contextualisation of what they are doing, so they can see how it will impact on their future

We take a community approach to pastoral care to aid students in achieving success, with each student knowing that there are multiple support networks available, depending on their needs at a specific time.

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Specialist Teachers
  • Teacher Aides
  • Administration Staff
  • Deputy Principals
  • Guidance Officer
  • School Chaplain

We also run specialised programs for eligible students to cope with grief and loss, friendship difficulties, family breakdowns and to provide mentors:

  • Seasons for Growth Program
  • Kids Hope Program
  • Friendship Groups
  • Have-a-Go Club
A high priority is given to building and maintaining positive and caring relationships.

Executive Summary, External School Review, October 2020

Supportive School Environment

Algester State School is committed to providing a safe, respectful and disciplined learning environment for students and staff, where students have opportunities to engage in quality learning experiences and acquire values supportive of their lifelong wellbeing.

At Algester, we believe that:

  • all children can learn about behaviour
  • behaviour can be taught

All areas of Algester State School are learning and teaching environments.

Our Student Code of Conduct outlines our system for facilitating positive behaviours and responding to inappropriate and unacceptable behaviours. Through our school plan, shared expectations for student behaviour are plain to everyone, assisting Algester State School to create and maintain a positive and productive learning and teaching environment, where ALL school community members have clear and consistent expectations and understandings of their role in the educational process. Our school rules have been agreed upon and endorsed by all staff and our school P&C. They are aligned with the values, principles and expected standards outlined in Education Queensland’s Student Discipline Procedure.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL)

Algester State School uses Positive Behaviour for Learning as the multi-tiered system of support for discipline in the school. Positive Behaviour for Learning is a whole-school framework which promotes positive behaviour across a school and helps schools to develop a safe and supportive learning environment. In a whole-school approach, all members of the school community work together to establish simple, clear and explicit expectations for behaviour. Student behaviour improves when students know what is expected of them and when good behaviour is recognised.

When schools adopt the PBL framework all students are explicitly taught the expected behaviours and clear and consistent boundaries are established. Schools take a proactive, preventative approach, ensuring that all students receive the appropriate level of support to help them to be successful at school. Student outcomes are monitored so that identified students can receive additional support when needed, and a minority of students can access intensive support to enable them to engage successfully at school.

There are a number of components to PBL including setting high expectations for behaviour, actively teaching behaviour and acknowledging and rewarding good behaviour.

School Values & Rules: The school has a set of values and rules around respect which are published widely in classrooms and walls throughout the school. The rule of the week is set within the context of a school value and a school rule each week.

Keys to Success: The school teaches the 5 components of the You Can Do It Program as a way of developing positive habits of the mind. It supplements this with activities around Positive Growth Mindset.

Rule of the Week: The school uses data to inform its development of a Rule of the Week. There is a lesson for students each week, they are reminded of the rule at the School Assembly and parents are informed of the rule each week in our communication App, School Stream.

Success Key Cards: Success Key Cards are awarded to students to acknowledge their good behaviour. A verbal acknowledgement of the particular behaviour being rewarded is made at the time of the presentation of the reward. Success Key Cards may be awarded by all adults in the school. One Success Key Card is distributed per incident. However, there is no limit to the number of students that may be acknowledged at once for that incident, or the number of incidents that can be acknowledged.

On special days double points are awarded. These are advertised in advance. Students place their Success Key Cards in a receptacle in the classroom designed by the classroom teacher known as a Rewards Chart. These are collected and collated at the end of the week before being reused. Success Key Cards awarded by specialist teachers, visiting teachers, teacher aides or administration staff are also placed in the classroom rewards chart. Student award tallies are used to calculate Certificates of Achievement and special awards automatically.

Award Certificates: The school has a number of award certificates to value and acknowledge the good behaviour of students: Eg. Academic Awards, Sporting Awards, etc.

Class Award: A student award nominated by the classroom teacher once a week at the school assembly.

Principal’s Afternoon Tea Award: A student award for being a good role model nominated by the classroom teacher once a month.

Participation Certificates: Awards for students for participation in extra-curriculum activities and achievements.

PBL Certificates: Awards for students that are automatically received at predetermined levels based on the number of Success Key Cards they have gained. Eg. 300 Points for the Silver Award

PBL Awards: Points gained by students for their Success Key Cards can be traded for tangible items from the Rewards Shop. Eg. A novelty sharpener for 60 Points.

PBL Vouchers: Points can also be redeemed by students at the Rewards Shop for vouchers. Eg. 300 Points to sit at Assembly on a deck chair.

Rewards Shop:

Students may purchase tangible rewards with their points from the Rewards Shop. A tally of students’ points is published and emailed to teachers each fortnight for children to peruse. The Rewards Shop is in the centre room of D Block and accessible from the rear of the block through a sliding door. Year levels are allocated one lunch session a week for students to access the shop with Thursday being a catch up day for any year level.

Rewards ranging in value are available from the shop and students are encouraged to save for more expensive items. The Rewards Shop is very popular with our students.

Anti-Bullying Strategy:

The school uses the High 5 Hand Strategy to support students to deal with bullying behaviour:

  • Ignore
  • Talk Friendly
  • Walk Away
  • Talk Firmly
  • Report to an Adult
Staff members speak positively of the impact of implementing a positive approach to student behaviour. The three school behaviour expectations of ‘Respect for self, Respect for others and Respect for place’ are known and understood by students, staff and most parents. These expectations are visible throughout the school and contribute to the climate of high expectations and a supportive environment.

Executive Summary, External School Review, October 2020

STEM Programs

Algester State School has an extensive STEM program that spans the whole school.

Cutting edge high speed wireless internet complements our STEM activities.

Robotics and Coding are significant components of our STEM Program.

Why should you choose Algester State School?

  • Let the data tell the story. Go to the MySchools Website to see how our academic achievements compare with other schools in the local area. You will find that we outperform the local private schools and many other state schools within a short distance.
  • The Upper Two Bands is the new way of referring to children who are operating at an A and B level of learning. They are our top performing students. The following two graphs show how well our children at Algester State School are performing with significant percentages of our children in the upper two bands in Reading and Maths.
  • How well does your local school compare? If you have a bright child and you want them challenged with other bright children, then Algester State School is the place for your child. We consistently cater for the needs of our highest achieving learners and they continue to produce outstanding results!
  • High Satisfaction is expressed by our community.
  • Our parents are surveyed once a year by Education Qld. The following graphs shows some of these results and the wonderful support our community has for our school. Get on board and join us! We are a great school.
2020 School Opinion Survey Data from parents
100% of surveyed parents say that Algester State School is a good school.

For further information please make an appointment to visit the school on 3712 5111.