Our Learning Community

Northern Spirit Learning Community

The Northern Spirit Learning Community (NSLC) has grown out of the Extra Link transition group that was formed in 2004 as a partnership between James Fallon High School, Albury North Public School, Glenroy Public School, Hume Public School, Thurgoona Public School, Mullengandra Public School and Table Top Public School. Between them, these schools have a total enrolment of approximately 1,700 students.

The range of different areas within the Northern Spirit community is very wide. Students from Mullengandra, for example, have 26 students in total at their school – whereas Thurgoona PS has over 350, and James Fallon HS has over 700. The area encompasses urban areas close to the heart of Albury, to rural communities some 30 minutes away from the Albury Post Office. The desire to make the learning experiences for the students more cohesive is important, given the variety of families in its drawing area.

Our banner statement is “Richness in Diversity.” The aim of this group is to create social cohesion and confidence in such a rich and diverse community as ours.

The commitment of this learning community is reflected in the activities conducted in its name. The executive lead the learning community through regular (weekly) administration on its programs, with the full support of all stakeholders in its community.

Partners

  • Glenroy Public School
  • Albury North Public School
  • Hume Public School
  • Mullengandra Public School
  • Table Top Public School
  • Thurgoona Public School
  • James Fallon High School

Hear from our member schools.

ExtraLink Rationale

Rationale

  • Students learn more effectively when they are secure and happy
  • By providing opportunities for successful interaction with peers the individuals need for belonging and security will be met
  • Schools need to nurture in students an ability to resist negative peer pressure and develop leadership skills
  • Enhance self-awareness, self-esteem and communication skills
  • Promote our partnership schools
  • Children’s experiences beyond the classroom contribute to their growth and development

Premise

  • Students will form friendships with students from other partnership schools
  • Students will be better equipped to handle personally difficult situations
  • Students develop strategies that will enhance and improve their self-esteem, self-awareness and communication skills

Northern Spirit – Current

Banner Statement: Richness in Diversity

Key Messages

  • Maintaining strong relationships – students, families, school community
  • Enhancing self-awareness, self-esteem and communication skills
  • Developing leaders for the future
  • Building strong foundations
  • Maximising opportunities for learning and life

Northern Spirit Programs – initially

  • Year 4 initiation days
  • Micro-story competition
  • Education week activities involving all partnership schools
  • Indigenous Day
  • Aboriginal Education Support Program
  • Student support programs
  • Year 6-7 transition program
  • Stage meetings
  • Year 5/6 enrichment program
  • Student leadership programs and opportunities

Northern Spirit Programs – currently

  • Professional Development focus
  • Combined School Development Days Terms 2 and 3
  • Stage meetings and sharing sessions stages 3/4
  • Student Centred
  • Gifted and Talented Days – Visual Arts, Technology, Public Speaking,
  • Leadership Days
  • Environmental Days
  • Indigenous Day
  • Joint Education Week public performances
  • “Northern Spirits” performance
  • Transition