The Aberfoyle Park Primary School Campus is located in the Adelaide hills 18 kilometres south of the city. The concept of the Campus with State School (Thiele), Catholic Education Office (Nativity) and the Uniting Church System (Pilgrim) sharing facilities was new to South Australia and probably Australia when it was first developed.
After years of preliminary planning the joint project came to fruition at the beginning of the 1982 school year when the schools admitted their first students. The Shared facilities include an activity hall, resource centre, gymnasium and Campus staff room. Shared programs include Physical Education, Music, and Resource Based Learning. In 2001 the Aberfoyle Park Campus Preschool was opened by the Minister of Education and Children's Services. This relocated facility has a capacity of 45 children per session and is located in the grounds of the Campus. There is a strong vision and spirit of cooperation and collaboration between the four schools. Having the three schools on one site provides the following educational advantages:
• A degreeof choice for parents when deciding what kind of school they want their children to attend.
• Resources available for all three schools that could not be financed by three separate schools.
• Sharing staff expertise between the three schools
• Promoting tolerance and cooperation between the school community of children, parents and staff
The shared schools resources of the Campus community includes:
- the Central Administration
- an excellent gymnasium
- a large staff and community meeting room
- central resource area
- activity hall and canteen
- two ovals
- hard play areas
- a large central courtyard
Parents sharing on the Campus is at many levels
The parents cooperate and work together in these areas:
- Campus Conference
- Sports Teams
- Resource Centre
Parents are encouraged to be involved in decision making in the individual schools and to work with the teachers in the classroom situation. The children are encouraged to develop a sense of belonging to the Campus.
This is achieved by:
|• Wearing the same uniform
(Varied in the State Schools)
• Playing together in the playground
• Participating in Campus sports Teams
• Sharing organised activities such as Book Week,
an Arts Festival and a Science Exposition.
• Across Campus Educational Programs:
- Language other than English (LOTE)
There are many activities of an informal nature across schools:
• Going on excursions together
• School camps
• Classes working together on a shared project