Tasmania’s Government Primary Schools provides an enriching learning environment with a strong emphasis on basic skills in literacy, numeracy and IT. Teachers will also seek to work with children and their families to develop a student’s sense of self-worth and the values they need for life in a global society.
Primary Schools also have a focus on health and physical education, with regular sports including a ‘learn to swim’ program. Excursions, extra tuition and out of school activities are all made available.
Students will be in a designated class for the whole school year, with the same classroom teacher for most subject areas. This teacher will provide interactive lessons across all learning areas of the curriculum, including English, Maths, Science, Art, and History. Students may have a separate teacher for subjects such as Physical Education and Music. All learning is in English and international students are completely integrated with local students. English tuition will be delivered by the classroom teacher, with English and an Additional Language (EAL) and academic support also provided on campus by support teachers.
Students normally attend the Government Primary School that is closest to their residential address. If a different school is required, the guardian must contact that school directly to see whether or not they can be accepted.
International students are welcome to enrol in Tasmanian Primary Schools. It is a visa requirement, however, that Primary School students studying on a student visa must be living with a parent or legal guardian at all times, so therefore student must be accompanied to Tasmania by a parent or legal guardian. Please note: there are also visa restrictions on student visas from some countries which restrict the minimum age at which a student can study overseas. For more information regarding visas, please see the Department of Home Affairs website.
Primary Schools also accept students wishing to study short-term for a Study Tour program. Students on a short-term Study Tour are not required to travel with a legal guardian, however a responsible adult must accompany the tour at all times outside of school.
Dependent children of temporary residents who are in Tasmania for work or study can also be enrolled in Tasmanian Primary Schools.