EDUCATION: Offering a world of difference

29 June 2017

Sunshine Beach State School, neighbouring Noosa National Park, has a creative and successful school community. With a strong focus on developing each student in a challenging yet supportive environment, Sunshine Beach State School has in place a quality curriculum, quality teaching and quality relationships to foster a differentiated approach to support students to reach their full potential in their learning journey. Here we find out about some of their unique programs. 

Sunshine Beach State School is an accredited ‘Glasser Quality School’, which forms the fundamental basis of the school's behavioural philosophy. Achieving accreditation as a ‘Quality School’ Sunshine Beach's commitment to achieving excellence is an ongoing process. The school lives by the motto a ‘Good Place to Be’ for everybody - students, international students, teachers, support staff and parents/carers.

Glasser Quality School

As an accredited Glasser Quality School since 2003, Sunshine Beach State School has used the principles of Dr William Glasser’s Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management as its philosophical base. This school has worked to provide a quality learning environment and quality learning experiences with a strong focus on relationships being paramount to maximize learning potential.

Learners and teachers find excitement and enjoyment in their learning processes and individual progress. The learners are also taught how to self-evaluate their learning, set goals and manage their own behaviour. This focus on becoming self-managed has enhanced academic standards and achievement across the school.

The school offers frequent parenting programs based on the ideas of Dr Glasser so that parents and carers have the opportunity to understand what their children are being offered within their school environment and then be able to utilise these ideas at home if they choose.

Sunshine Beach continues to lead the way for local as well and international educators wanting to create schools where internal control psychology prevails.  As a result of the commitment of the staff and principal to these ideas, learners, parents and teachers are proud of being be a part of this Glasser Quality School.

Education Queensland International School

Sunshine Beach State School is also an accredited Education Queensland International school, which values diversity and welcomes students visiting from all parts of the world.

At present, the school has families from many places including Germany, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic and Switzerland as well as families coming from all over the coast and hinterland. Not having a zone or catchment area like many schools means that a wide variety of families chose to come to this school.

International learners range in age, are enrolled in mainstream classes and take part in daily learning. The families are particularly appreciative of the wonderful opportunities the school location offers as they enjoy learning to surf, participating in school swimming and delight in the benefits of gardening in the permaculture garden as part of their regular school experience.

It is a privilege for learners at Sunshine Beach State School to learn alongside international learners in mainstream classes. The opportunity to make new friends whilst learning about other countries and cultures offers existing Sunshine Beach learners and teachers a unique experience and view of the world. International learners have the opportunity to share their language, culture and traditions while being immersed in a rich learning environment and the unique Australian culture. There are many benefits of a multicultural school, promoting diversity as a positive learning experience incorporating multicultural perspectives across all learning domains incorporating multicultural, anti-racism, and human rights perspectives in school policies and practices enhancing teachers’ and learners’ intercultural understanding and cross-cultural communication skills.

Unique Prep Transition Program

Sunshine Beach State School is committed to ensuring that all their learners make an early start to the pursuit of excellence in education in Prep. They achieve this by building productive partnerships with learners, parents, carers and the community. These partnerships form the heart of the quality learning environment and all educators deliver quality learning and teaching with expertise and passion. This occurs in a supportive and nurturing learning culture where positive relationships are fostered and highly valued.

The school's unique comprehensive Prep transition program focuses on getting to know our learners in their kindergarten year. This is run by a dedicated Prep Transition Officer, via regular visits to kindergarten and childcare centres in the Noosa area, meetings with kindergarten teachers, multiple information sessions and Prep Open days and social events for our pre-Preps. Through this, the school can ensure a smooth start to their schooling.

The school provides engaging early childhood teaching spaces, which open out to an enviable purpose-built and vibrant play area.  Bordering the Noosa National Park, learners have their own enclosed prep garden to tend to with loving care.

Find out more about the Prep program at a Prep Transition event - details in our Open Day Calendar

 

Written by

Belinda Peters

Belinda is a journalist, blogger and editor with more than 15 years’ experience in print and online journalism. As our digital editor, Belinda immerses herself in scanning the web for the latest in parenting news, products and opinion for the Kids in the City/Kids on the Coast online community. When she’s not kid wrangling two energetic boys, Belinda lives for trying out the ever-expanding array of cafes, restaurants and bars in her home town of Brisbane. While her caffeine addiction remains strong, she also finds her Zen with yoga and attempts to find her balance by stand up paddle boarding.

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