Video transcript – One Schools Network

Student 1:
Hi. We are the student learners of Capertee Public School.

Student 2:
Capertee Public School is a small school.

Student 3:
With only 13 students from kindergarten to year six.

Natalie Merz, Principal Glen Alice Public School:
Glen Alice Public School is situated in the beautiful Capertee Valley. It's quite a remote little school, and we only have nine students from kindergarten to year six.

Belinda Greer, Principal Hampton Public School:
Hampton Public School is a small, rural school located halfway between Lithgow and Oberon.

Student speaking:
We have six kids from K to six.

Student 1:
This is Euchareena Public School. It's 45 kilometres out of Orange.

Student 2:
We have five students at Euchareena.

Duncan Peard, Principal Capertee Public School:
One Schools is a network of small schools with multi-stage classes that supports the needs of both students and staff.

Belinda Greer:
Primarily, it's based around staff working collaboratively across schools to develop quality teaching and learning programmes with our focus being on history, geography, and science.

Duncan Peard:
Video conferencing allows the students to show off their own work and also a chance to look at other students' work and how they approached a task differently.

Natalie Merz:
The confidence in the children with their public speaking has just grown so well. They're really excited about talking to their friends on camera.

Student speaking:
This is our poster on screws, and we wrote the definition of the screw.

Student 1:
I think it makes us see what their work looks like so we can see different age groups of works, and we can compare them easier.

Student 2:
I think when we see each other's work, it helps us to improve our work, more like we want to get up to their standard, and we also want to create different ideas.

Student speaking:
We got to choose our favourite animal, and we wrote a little bit about them, and some people did it in oil pastel and some people did it with paint.

Student speaking:
Reindeer, it was piggy.

Teacher:
It says "I have a porcupine's spine."

Duncan Peard:
School visits are a great chance for them to build their friendships and a chance for students to work together with other people to solve problems and do learning together and are a terrific way of maximising the learning and friendships that take place.

Natalie Merz:
The combined days are fantastic. It's tremendous just to see the children playing in the playground. They've made friends with children from other schools that they see at least once a term.

Student speaking:
I think it's good that when we do school visits, we get to see each other's schools, and we get to see the environment that the other schools are in.

Student speaking:
I'm the only girl in year six, so I get to meet other girls my age.

Student speaking:
We can learn what they've done and another school, they can learn what we've done.

Student speaking:
When we go on school visits, I like it because you can make new friends.

Natalie Merz:
The school visits are a time where we're able to really see the kids' friendships flourish.

Belinda Greer:
The impact of the One Schools network in our school has been enormous. The social opportunities it provides for our kids allows them to broaden their friendships, to access different knowledge from different teachers.

Katie Barnes, SLSO:
I think it's great to see the workload for the teachers and the teaching principles being shared in the joint units that they prepare and then gives them time to go and do other things with the kids.

Teacher:
They want to make it so that people can use that map to find what they need easily.

Teacher:
Rosie, give me another one.

Student:
They grow into tadpoles.

Teacher:
Yeah.

Belinda Greer:
We also make an effort to have our teaching and learning programmes looked over by curriculum advisors and this then gives us quality feedback that we can use to ensure we are achieving all student outcomes across all stages.

Natalie Merz:
I would have no hesitation in recommending this programme to other small schools. It has really opened doors for our students.

It reduces the isolation, not only of the students, but also of the staff, and suddenly we feel like we're working with a group of teachers, which is one of the major challenges of teaching in a small school.

Duncan Greer:
We aim to have the One Schools network continue to evolve and grow and also to continue to foster high quality, fantastic learning and social opportunities for our students.

Belinda Greer:
We welcome schools to contact us if you would like more information or would like to join us with the One Schools network.

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