Mil Lel Primary School opened in 1867 and this year celebrated 150 years of educating students in the region. The school is located among picturesque farmlands on the outskirts of Mount Gambier.
We are committed to providing a high quality education for students from Reception to Year 7 within a supportive learning environment. Our values of respect, participation and growth are encouraged through a broad, balanced curriculum and a variety of extra-curricular programmes. We have a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and the arts. To support literacy and numeracy outcomes, a key priority is intervention and support programmes to maximise student learning in these areas.
We have inviting and modern classroom facilities that provide an excellent learning environment for our students. All classes are equipped with state-of-the-art interactive whiteboards and multimedia tools. We have a flexible learning area with kitchen facilities that provides space for art and technology activities. We also offer specialist curriculum areas in French, and the arts. Students have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities such as choir, 'Move It', 'Footsteps' and the end of year presentation and concert. Students are involved in the local eisteddfod where they are encouraged to participate in speech and drama, debating and music events. Our Upper Primary students have maintained a high standard in the debating competition, winning this event numerous times.
All students from Reception to Year 4 participate in recorder lessons, while middle and upper primary students may access guitar, piano and wind instrument lessons. We also join with other small schools in our area to form a choir that performs at the Millicent and Adelaide music festivals.
Students have the opportunity to develop their leadership and collaborative skills through participating in our 'Jump Rope for Heart' skipping demonstration team, the Student Representative Council and environmental activities. Participation in sporting activities is encouraged through physical education lessons, out-of-hours school sports, cross country and other sporting activities such as the Premier's Be Active Challenge. We hold a sports day and compete in the district Small Schools Sports Day each year.
We regularly provide opportunities for students to interact across all year levels to help build a sense of belonging and attachment for them. This is facilitated through curriculum activities and celebrations, including our end-of-year concert and school camps. We hold a school camp every two years (Yrs 3-7) and students in Year 6 and 7 attend a camp to Canberra. Other whole-school events include participating in the Mount Gambier Christmas Parade, involvement in the local Spring Show and Clean Up Australia Day.
Our school grounds are well maintained with open play spaces, recently updated playground and natural play area, and vegetable gardens maintained by the students as a part of their learning activities. Students are also able to access the local tennis and cricket club areas.
We value parent involvement in school life and have a high level of participation from our families through a variety of outlets, including assisting class activities, Parent Club and Governing Council. We pride ourselves on being a proactive and positive community, with parents, staff and students working together to provide an environment that promotes student success and wellbeing.
We pride ourselves on being a proactive and positive community, with parents, staff and students working together to provide an environment that promotes student success and wellbeing.