About Us - General Information

Pooraka Primary School is a government category 3 school (lower socio-economic) located in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. The school has a population of approximately 270 students R-7 in 11 classrooms across two main buildings. The site also has a hall on site and the original 100 year old school building which are used for specialist teaching subjects. The school has strong links to the community with the local Men's Shed, Unity Park and nearby tennis club. We have an OSHC service and a canteen. Our music program and our OSHC operate from the building closest to Main North Road we call ACRA. We have over 50% of our students from ESL backgrounds including Vietnamese, Afghani, Indian, Pakistani and African nations. The school has a Vietnamese language maintenance program and many students enter the school upon exiting intensive English language programs at nearby sites. 

Pooraka is part of the Montague Partnership. Schools in the partnership work closely together.

PRESCHOOL

Ingle Farm Children's Centre (2013) (ECDP)

Liberman Kindergarten

Para Hills West Preschool

Pooraka Community Kindergarten

Valley View Kindergarten

P-7/PRIMARY

East Para Primary School

Ingle Farm East Primary School

Ingle Farm Primary School

North Ingle School

Para Hills School P-7

Para Hills West Primary School

Para Vista Primary School

Pooraka Primary School

SECONDARY/SPECIAL FACILITY

Para Hills High School

Valley View Secondary School

Youth Education Centre

 

At Pooraka we have a strong culture of connecting with our families and local community. Each year we have school and community events to promote the school. Parents are also encouraged to become directly involved in the school and their children’s education in various ways – classroom help with reading, excursions, local walks etc. There are also opportunities for parents to be on Governing Council and the various committees that Governing Council manages. 

The School Day

BELL TIMES:

8.30am                       Yard supervision commences (Teachers on duty in classrooms)                                

8.50am                       Students move from yard to classrooms to get ready for the day

11.00                           Recess begins

11.20                           End of Recess (First bell - students move to lines, Second bell - students move with teachers to classrooms)

12.55pm                     Students eat lunch in class (students at NIT lessons return to class)

1.05pm                        Lunch playtime session begins

1.33pm                        End of Lunch (First Bell-students move to lines)

1.35pm                        Second bell-students move with teachers to classrooms

3.00pm                        End of school day

3.20pm                        Yard supervision ceases

Before school all students are expected to be on the hard play area and not be inside unless they are accompanied by their own parent/family adult. Handball with tennis balls is allowed but no large balls are permitted to be played with during this time due to safety reasons. It is essential that all teachers are at their class groups by the second bell at the end of recess and lunch.

CANTEEN

Our Canteen opens Monday-Friday.  A Manager is employed for 5 hours per day.  Parent and student Volunteers assist.  Students place their lunch orders at the Canteen prior to 8.40 am.  Monitors collect lunch baskets from the Canteen just prior to 12.55pm. Students eat lunch with class teachers before dismissal for play at 1.05pm.  Students may purchase items from the Canteen at Recess and Lunchtime, but not before school.

There have been Healthy Eating Guidelines developed across the school which includes the canteen these reflect the DECD Rite Bite strategy.

BOOK CLUB

Scholastic Australia Book Club is very popular among the children. It is voluntary, and is well received throughout the school.  It enables students to choose from a vast selection of recommended titles.

The following areas are available:

Lucky Book Club                                           Reading Age             5-8 years

Arrow Book Club                                           Reading Age             8-11 years

Star Book Club                                              Reading Age             11+years

The Book Club is managed by our SSO in the Resource Centre.  Orders are taken twice a term.

HOMEWORK