THE Running Club, kitchen garden and music groups were some of the activities on show when Bambara Primary School opened its doors on May 18.
This is the second year the Padbury independent school has held an open day to “celebrate its uniqueness and to showcase all it has to offer future students and their families”.
The event kicked off with a pancake breakfast and school assembly featuring music performances from the school choir and clarinet and trumpet solos.
Students then opened their classrooms to show off their hard work.
“Bambara is a small school of just 177 students with a great reputation amongst past and present students and the wider community,” principal Linda Knox said.
“While there are three other primary schools in the Padbury area, Bambara’s size, its passionate teachers and its supercharged school community offer many benefits.
“Students are not just a number; everyone looks out for everyone and we have a fantastic values program teaching empathy and understanding.”
She said as well as offering specialist programs in Japanese language, library and literature studies, music and physical education, the school had P&C initiatives such as the kitchen garden and Running Club.
Running Club is held two mornings a week before school and includes endurance and cross-country running and circuit and interval training.
“The club has been very successful in getting students and their families to exercise together, encouraging teamwork and building the community spirit within the school,” co-ordinator Racquel Sutton said.
“The club is free and optional but participation rates have been over 80 per cent.”
Ms Sutton believed the success of the club was because of the way the school motivated and encouraged everyone to take part.
“Students who attend 10 or more sessions in a semester are invited to a VIP breakfast celebration,” she said.
“When the students had accumulated 3500 laps, they got 5 minutes of extra play at lunchtime and when they reached 5500, the school gardener agreed to wear a tutu for the day.”
The kitchen garden project sees each class looking after its own section in a bid to teach positive food habits.
“It gives them a sense of responsibility and fosters positive behaviour through planning, planting seeds, cooking and sharing a meal together,” Ms Knox said.
“They are adopting lifelong skills and a love of real food.
“The Year 1 students have planted carrots and spinach in their garden bed and are very excited about teaming up with their Year 3 buddy class to make fried rice once the vegetables are ready for harvest.”
The Kitchen Garden Club meets every Wednesday morning before school to maintain and prepare the garden beds.
The harvested produce is available for sale for a gold coin donation on assembly mornings, with proceed going back into the project.
Visit www.bambaraps.wa.edu.au or call 9307 5911.