What’s Tambelin’s approach to learning?

At Tambelin the school is split over two classes. The junior class is from kindergarten to Year 2 and the senior class is from Year 3 to Year 6.

Teaching and learning at Tambelin is built upon a philosophy of a ‘love of learning’ which enables students to be innovative, engaged and foresters an inclusive learning environment where we strive for our personal best and excellence in everything we do. We aspire to create collaborative partnerships across the whole school community. At Tambelin learning is a lifelong journey.
Tambelin students cover the NESA curriculum which includes English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, History, Geography, French, Mandarin, Creative and Performing Arts and Personal Development Health and Physical Education.

Tambelin is a kindergarten to year 6 school, all education is underpinned by a common learning approach that aims to provide a common language and understanding, which all teachers and students can work towards and meet within their classroom and across the school.

How does Tambelin compare to other NSW schools?

We’re registered with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and we follow the NSW curriculum like any other NSW school. Tambelin Independent School is a member of The Association of Independent Schools of NSW (AISNSW). The AISNSW is an umbrella association from which the school takes industrial, legal and managerial advice.

My child really likes sport so I’m worried about sending them to Tambelin. How do children do sport in such a small yard?

This is something we hear a lot. Sport and physical activity are a priority for us, and our students actually get more opportunities (and at a younger age) than many other primary schools. Our student-to-teacher ratio means we regularly take students on sporting activities that would normally be reserved for older children in other schools. Examples include weekly co-curriculum sport (swimming, gymnastics, tennis, etc), running and games at the local oval and daily Brain Gym® to start the day.

Another great example is Tambelin’s annual participation in the small schools’ sports carnival. Our students trained both on the school grounds and at the local oval leading up to the event. On the day of the carnival, the entire school participated—even our kindergarten students. For many primary schools, younger children do not participate in athletics and carnivals until they’re older.

At Tambelin we understand the real benefits of physical activity and believe it’s never too early to start getting active.

Do children struggle with the transition from such a small school to high school?

Going to Tambelin is no different to attending another small country school like Collector, Tirrannaville or Taralga. And Tambelin’s strong focus on both academic and social development means our students are confident and well-prepared for high school. Most of our students also participate in sport with children from other schools, for example, soccer, swim squad, dancing and football. They often know a wide variety of students well before they reach year seven.

Is there a specific high school that Tambelin children generally attend?

The academic and social results achieved by our students gives them the opportunity to attend a range of high schools. Most recently, our year-six graduates continued to Canberra Grammar School, Mulwaree High School, Yanco Agricultural College and Trinity Catholic College, to name a few.