Years 1 – 6 Information
Buses to the Junior Campus will pick up and drop off on Marmion Street, Donnybrook. A teacher will be on duty in the afternoon to ensure students are catching buses in a safe and timely manner. Information regarding the bus service in your area can be obtained from the Administration Offices.
Kindergarten students attending the offsite Kindergarten on Mead Street will be dropped outside their Kindergarten in the mornings. These students will then be escorted to their bus on Marmion Street in the afternoons.
Donnybrook District High School, in association with the Cancer Council WA, is a ‘Sunsmart’ school and adopts a Sunsmart Policy. All students at the Junior Campus are required to wear a broadbrimmed, bucket or legionnaire hat when they are outside and the UV Index is above 3. Students without a broad-brimmed, bucket, or legionnaire, hat are directed to play in an area that is protected from the sun.
Bicycles at School
Students who ride to school should ensure their bicycle and helmet are secured with a padlock and chain. Bike racks are situated down the hill from the Library on the school grounds. Students are required to walk their bikes, scooters and skateboards whilst on the school grounds.
Junior Campus assemblies are held three times a term and usually take place on a Wednesday morning commencing at 9.00am. Students from Year 1 to Year 6 facilitate assemblies and this is an opportunity for the students to showcase their learning to a wider audience. Parents/carers and the wider community are most welcome to attend assemblies and are encouraged to see and hear what is happening in and around the school.
Classroom teachers outline their students’ homework requirements to parents/carers at the beginning of the school year as per the school’s Homework and Study Policy. Parents are encouraged to be partners in their children’s education and are always welcome to discuss homework requirements with their child’s teacher. The Homework and Study Policy can be located on the school’s website www.donnybrook.wa.edu.au
Students are given the opportunity to see visiting performers throughout the school year. Details and costs of performances will be communicated prior to any event. To support classroom teaching and learning programs, teachers may organise an excursion to an off-site venue. Parents/carers will be provided with details and associated costs of an incursion/excursion prior to the event. Written permission is required before a student attends an excursion.
Student Leaders are elected from Year 6 during Semester 1 and again in Semester 2. This allows a number of students to take on a leadership role. Faction Captains are elected to represent their factions in Swimming or Athletics and new elections are held for each discipline.
Play is integral to every child’s development, health and enjoyment of life. Play improves social skills, brain development and creativity whilst also supporting emotional resilience, physical development, confidence and learning. It is the school’s aim to offer an open ended and creative play environment that encourages students to experiment, problem solve, construct, and engage in interesting and cognitively high levels of play. We provide opportunities for students to play freely in the school grounds opening bush/native areas for free creative ‘Nature Play’ and providing a collection of recycled materials for ‘Loose Parts Play.’
Physical Education (PE)
With a dedicated PE teacher, all students from Years 1 to 6 participate in PE. Many classroom teachers run a daily fitness program each morning. Each week students in Years 4 to 6 enjoy a variety of sports on a Friday afternoon, as our year groups come together for combined sport. This may take the form of Training for upcoming carnivals or various team sports with the focus changing on a term basis.
Throughout the year, students in Pre-primary to Year 6 have the opportunity to be involved in In-term Swimming, Faction Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals. Students who excel at PE represent the school at Interschool Carnivals. Donnybrook is a part of the “Forrest Division” within the Bunbury Public Schools Sports Association. This means that during Interschool Carnivals, Donnybrook District High School competes against other schools that have a similar student population.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
The school is fortunate to have a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Lab located in the school Library and networked computers and iPads. An ICT Specialist teaches Digital Technologies and students can apply their skills in classroom learning. ICT is embedded in classroom programs and students have access to class sets of laptops and iPads.
The Junior Campus offers an energetic and engaging Performing Arts program that incorporates dance, drama and music. Through a passionate Performing Arts teacher, students develop self-confidence and a love of “The Arts”.
Students in Year’s 3 to 6 are currently provided with the opportunity to learn Indonesian. The school’s
Languages program teaches students Indonesian, expanding their languages repertoire, whilst at the same time developing their understanding of a different culture.
A Primary Academic and Extension Challenge program operates for students in Years 5 and 6 and is coordinated by the South West Regional Education Office in Bunbury. Students are selected for this program through standardised testing that occurs in Year 4.