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English as an Additional Language

Box Hill North Primary School and Kindergarten has a strong multicultural community. Many students in our school are learners of English as an additional language (EAL).

Our school has a dedicated EAL program that supports our students and their families, run by our EAL teacher Magda Giakoumidis and our Multicultural Education Aide (Chinese) Shelley Cutter.

EAL students receive 1-3 sessions of intensive, explicit English teaching per week with Magda and/or Shelley, depending on each student’s learning needs. The program focuses on listening and speaking, writing and reading, ie communicating in English. Students have the opportunity to practise their English skills in a small group environment.

An important role of the EAL Program is to make EAL parents welcome and an integral part of our school community. The school newsletter is available in Chinese each week, and support in all meetings, parent-teacher interviews and enrolments is provided by Shelley, our Mulicultural Aide. She is also available every Tuesday and Thursday morning, 9.00-9.30, to assist parents with any needs. EAL parent information sessions are also held on a regular basis to help new families to our community settle into Australian schooling.

Box Hill North PS welcomes all students and is an approved provider of education for International students.

Magda Giakoumidis, EAL Teacher

Shelley Cutter, Multicultural Aide – Mandarin speaking

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It is refreshing that fathers are just as welcome as mothers in school life. From Kindergarten where I have the opportunity to participate in my youngest boy’s class to school camp that I was fortunate to attend, I have always been encouraged and warmly welcomed. I have also thoroughly enjoyed participating in class room help for all my boys.

ChrisKinder, Years 3, 4, 5

The move into the grade 5/6 area which is separate from the rest of the school gives the kids a real sense of being the ‘big kids’ and is a start to their transition to secondary school and being more responsible.

EmmaYear 6

The school garden is such a fantastic feature of our school. Garden Club students have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of gardening from the role of healthy soil to how to use silverbeet to make delicious pizzas. Science, nutrition and sustainability are explored in a truly hands on environment.

Kaylah AdamsFoundation teacher - Box Hill North Primary School

We run a progressive and innovative technology program to produce true 21st Century Citizens. Students in Prep enjoy using iPads and students in the senior school will be instructed with Ultrabooks as a part of our 1-to-1 program.

Tom DanielLevels 1 and 2 Teacher, ICT Coordinator

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