The Australian Curriculum has eight learning areas. Some learning areas include more than one subject. These areas are:
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Economics and Business
- Civics and Citizenship
- The Arts
- Visual Arts
- Design and Technologies
- Digital Technologies
- Health and Physical Education
- Language – Japanese
The content descriptions specify what all young people should be taught, and the achievement standards set out the depth of understanding and sophistication of skill expected of students at points in their schooling.
Please visit www.acara.edu.au for further details on the Australian Curriculum.
The Festival of Music is a school based education program brought to you by the SA Public Primary Schools’ Music Society and the Department of Education and Child Development.
With its commencement in 1891 as the Thousand Voice Choir, our program has been an integral part of South Australian life and stands as an official State icon. The program reaches thousands of primary and secondary children annually and allows children opportunities to perform at prestigious venues, such as the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
Please visit www.festivalofmusic.org.au for more details regarding Festival of Music.
We encourange and support students to learn musical instruments, in addition to their classroom music program.
Violin/Viola tuition is available through a DECD teacher, while lessons by private teachers are available in a range of other instruments.
Other instruments vary but can include guitar, recorder, drums and piano. These lessons mostly take place during school time but may occur on another campus.
Private providers charge fees for the lessons, and a hiring fee is charged for violins hired from the school.
SAPSASA works within the Department for Education and Child Development for the delivery of School Sport.
SAPSASA works in consultation with Secondary School Sport SA (SSSSA), also based at the School Sport Unit to conduct school sport programs for DECD, Catholic and Independent schools.
Affiliation with SAPSASA is open to every government and non-government school with a primary component in the state.
Primary school children aged 10 years and older are eligible to participate.
In 2012 SAPSASA celebrated its centenary with several significant events including the hosting of national championships, a celebratory function and other events and displays.
Happy Valley Primary School is part of the SOUTHERN VALLEY SAPSASA DISTRICT.
We currently participate in Netball, Soccer, AFL and Rugby League.
Happy Valley Primary School - 2016 State Soccer Champions
Each year a group of enthusiastic Happy Valley Primary School students and parents take part in a fantastic team that competes at two, 6 hour races at Victoria Park and the 24 hour Australian International Pedal Prix event held at Murray Bridge.
2017 Race Schedule
Race 1 - Victoria Park - June 18th (6 hrs)
Race 2 - Victoria Park - July 30th (6 hrs)
Race 3 - Murray Bridge - September 23rd & 24th (24 hrs)
Students are involved in the schools morning training program (Fitness Club), which helps prepare them to go the full distance in each race.
Pedal Prix is a wonderful experience for the whole family and is available to all Year 5, 6 and 7 students.
- Students in Pedal Prix team:
- Improve their fitness through attendance of Tuesday and Thursday morning fitness club.
- Become familiar with the workings of a Pedal Prix vehicle, maybe even work on designing and test riding a new vehicle.
- Develop great team spirit and have a lot of fun.
- Support the team members at practices and on race weekend.
- Get involved in all the social activities connected to the Pedal Prix program.
- Camp at Murray Bridge on the race weekend and enjoy the picnic atmosphere by the river.
Please contact Wendy Nicolle via the school on 08 8381 7166 for further information on joining the Happy Valley Pedal Prix team.
What’s the Buzz is a unique sixteen lesson social skills program which uses lively stories, role plays and play based programs to teach children how to think and relate to others in social situations. It features everyday themes such as how to greet, make and keep friends, fit in, read one’s own emotions, read the feeling of others, deal with competition and cope with worry, frustration and disappointment more constructively.The program is written by Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Parker and is being used in many schools to develop confidence, resilience and social skills in students, and support parents to develop these skills in their children.
At Happy Valley Primary School we have a strong tradition of out of school sports.
We currently offer the following sports: