Christian values underpin the whole learning journey at Pilgrim hence all children are led to grow in a loving relationship with God, and from that to respect themselves, other people and all of Creation.
We believe that by providing a learning experience which caters for individual needs and differences within a caring and supportive atmosphere, children will grow in the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for life. A strong commitment to collaborative decision making, partnership with parents and ongoing professional development of staff will ensure that children's gifts and potential are recognised and developed. Through appropriate and relevant shared learning experiences, children are led in an awareness of their self-worth, encouraged to have pride in themselves, and to feel empowered to take their rightful place in the community.
Special Education is a broad term that encompasses the areas of:
These are students who have significant issues and who require interventions of some sort with their learning.
Extension and Enrichment Program
The learning curriculum at Pilgrim School aims to provide extension within the framework of the classroom to those students who are more able by incorporating open ended topics and opportunity for individual extension. Small groups of students participate in specific extension programs.
During the year, Pilgrim School offers students enrichment programs where they can select a "Fabulous Friday" afternoon enrichment activity for a 5 week block. These are run by staff and volunteers. Recent activities have included in Calligraphy, Chess, Cooking, Drama, Knots and other Nifty Things or Puppetry .
Students also have the opportunity to become involved in:
South Australian Christian Schools Association, (SACSA) sports events
Pedal Prix competition
Campus Choir (Junior and Senior)
Campus Music Ensemble
International Competitions and Assessments for Schools, run by the University of New South Wales - in the areas of Mathematics, Science, Computing and English,
School Initiatives such as - Writers Club, Computer Coders Club.
Learning Assistance Program (L.A.P.)
This Program offers an opportunity for volunteer adult tutors to work one-to-one with individual children who need extending, self-esteem or confidence building, specific learning help or emotional and social assistance.
Two students have the opportunity to attend horse riding lessons with RDA at O'Halloran Hill once a week.
‘Move to Learn'
This Junior Primary program assists with the development of perceptual and gross motor skills with young children and is undertaken by each of our Reception students within small groups.
The Special Education program at Pilgrim School is run and maintained by a team of people including staff (teachers and Education Support Officers) and volunteers (parents, grandparents, friends).