Our School Grounds
Pride in our grounds
Here at Somerville Rise Primary School we take great pride in our school grounds. Our students eat their lunch at a set time in the class room before they enter the playground, as this prevents the amount of rubbish that will potentially end up on the ground.
Rubbish Free Day
Every Tuesday is ‘Rubbish Free’ day. This means that children are encouraged to bring their lunches in re-usable containers so that NO rubbish enters the playground. The canteen is not available on Tuesdays due to this rule.
Safe Play Areas
Our playground areas are divided up into grade appropriate play areas. This makes each play area safe for the grades allowed to use the area. We have a number of areas available for the children to play all sorts of games. The basketball courts are very popular for a wide range of ball games as is our oval.
For the kids that prefer just to take it easy at play times the canteen courtyard is a nice area just to sit and chat as is the grassy setting of the SRC courtyard.
Our new turf oval makes for a great place to play all our favourite winter sports…Footy!
Here at Somerville Rise Primary School our lab comprises of a mixture of both laptops & desktops with 24 computers in total. We have had specially designed benches for our computers and the Lab also has an interactive whiteboard. An interactive whiteboard is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector.
Each grade has a specific time assigned on a weekly basis to spend in the computer lab. In addition to this each class has their very own computers to use on a daily basis.
The Somerville Rise Primary School Library has something for everyone’s interest. We have over 2,700 picture story books, 3,500 fiction and nearly 4,500 non-fiction books to choose from. Our teachers have over 2,500 teacher reference books, and boundless resources to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.
The Premier’s Reading Challenge is enthusiastically participated in each year, we have visiting author’s for Book Week, as well as our annual Book fair. With average loans of 20,000 books each year, it makes the library a very busy and important area of the school.
As part of the National School Pride program our school Library has had an upgrade in 2009. Our library is now a much more effective learning area with the introduction of an Interactive whiteboard and a small stage for class activities.
For those who do not know me, my name is Alison Duncan.
I have been managing the canteen here for the past 20 years. I would just like to highlight a few of the menu items that we sell in the canteen. Our pastry range is Mrs Mac’s, and is a school approved product. Brown bread will be used in all the sandwiches unless you request otherwise, and I also make pita bread wraps, for an alternative sandwich option., or salad boxes. The milk drinks are fresh Oak milk drinks, locally supplied, and they also supply our fresh juices. All the cookies, muffins and Gingerbread men are home made (at school).
I can also make birthday cupcakes for the whole class, for 50 cents each.
Each term we have a special canteen day, to fit in with the school curriculum, which features home made themed biscuits.
The Minke Ice drinks are extremely popular, and to be sold in schools they have to be made with an apple juice base with no added sugar, they are also bringing in new flavours which have no artificial colouring or preservatives. We have been fortunate to be selected to sell the mini minkes for only $1.00. They are $2.50 in milk bars!!
I am always very interested in feedback and comments, so if you have any suggestions stop in and say ‘hello’. Just a reminder the canteen is not open on Tuesdays.
You can order lunch orders on a paper bag via the classroom, or online at www.ouronlinecanteen.com.au
The Somerville Rise Community Centre was constructed in 1999. It is a wonderful asset to us here at school as well as our wider community. The versatile building is used on a daily basis for many school related activities as well as a range of community activities both within and without the educational sector. We also have a number of community groups that run various after school programs such as music and dance classes on a weekly basis.
Since the beginning of Term 2, 2009 our Community Centre has hosted our Community Playgroup. Each Wednesday morning between 9am & 11am we invite parents, friends and families of Somerville and the surrounding area to come along and have some fun with their pre-schoolers 0-4 year olds.
During playgroup the Community Centre is set up with a number of different ‘stations’ all aimed at developmental play and learning for our youngsters. Parents can be assured that the littlies are warm, cozy and entertained while they enjoy a cuppa and a chat with some other parents and friends of Somerville Rise Primary School and the Somerville community.
Our Playgroup is not for profit however we do ask for a GOLD coin donation to go towards tea and coffee provided.
Somerville Rise Primary School is a school committed to environmental sustainability, and the school’s Sustainability Education Centre provides students with opportunities to take a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning about looking after their local environment.
The Barn’, as the Centre is affectionately known, has a propagation facility where students can learn how to grow plants from seed. Students grow organic fruit and vegetables, and they love ‘sampling’ beans, tomatoes and peas from the plants they grow.
Along with fruit and vegetables, students also produce native plants that are indigenous to the local environment. These plants are then sold at low prices to the local community for use in gardens in Somerville. The money raised from these sales goes back into the program.
The centre itself is a model for environmental sustainability. All plants are grown from sustainable seeds, and seed is collected from indigenous plants to add to the Centre’s seed bank. Water is collected for the plants in a 30000 lt water tank, and all sprinklers run on an automatic programmable timer. Worm farms even turn food scraps from school lunches into fertiliser for the plants.
The program is closely linked to the school curriculum. Students learn about environmental issues, working in groups and solving problems in a real-life context. An environmental consultant is employed regularly to teach the students how to propagate and care for the plants they grow.
After School Care
Somerville Rise Primary School After School Care service strives to offer the best quality care for young children. We cater for children from prep to grade 6, through extra curricular activities, embracing and encouraging diversity and welcoming a wide range of specific and general needs. Our care program is designed to complement and augment the school’s policies, cultural and curricular requirements.
Somerville Rise Primary School’s After School Hours Care is registered with the National Childcare Accreditation Council’s accreditation process which sets quality standards for organisations providing care for children. These standards ensure children’s health and safety and promote play, learning and development through positive experiences and interactions. The school’s after school care program is available before school, after school and is also vacational. If there is any enquires contact the school office or visit Camp Australia’s website for more details.
Somerville Rise Primary School welcome children of pre-school age with parents, grandparents and guardians to our FREE Community Playgroup.
Please see attached Flyer for more information
Facilities For Hire
Somerville Primary School offers facilities for hire to the local community.
Hall/Gym is available for hire with or without canteen facility.
Community Centre is available for hire with or without kitchen facility.
The school oval and outside basketball courts can be used with prior approval from the Principal Mr Andrew Felsinger.
If you are interested in hiring of one of our facilities please enquire directly at Somerville Rise Primary School on 5977 8500 the availability and exact hire costs will be available upon request.
SOMERVILLE RISE PRIMARY SCHOOL HIRE CHARGES
(A) Lectures, demonstrations, sport practice.
(B) Small Meetings, Social Functions with less than 50 persons (Inc. Church groups) Or Conferences and Demonstrations with more than 50 persons.
CHARGES PER HOUR SESSION (per hour or part there of)
(A) $16.50 (B) $22.00
HALL & KITCHEN
(A) $20.00+ GST (B) $25.00+ GST
(A) $20.00+ GST (B) $25.00+ GST
A cash Bond of $500 is required
(Failure to comply with any conditions as set out in the general conditions of hire (eg. lights left on, failure to lock building, failure to activate Security System on leaving) will result in either partial or total loss of bond.)
Enquire at Office for times premises are available for hire.
Mrs Nicky Fammartino
Somerville Rise Primary School
(PO Box 317) Somerville VIC 3912
Telephone: (03) 5977 8500