Special Programs

Special Needs

At Glenelg School we are committed to supporting all students to reach their full potential.  Some students require extra support to achieve success, happiness and inclusion. This support is most effective when families and teachers work in partnership.

Students that have had a comprehensive Learning Assessment or Social and Emotional Assessment with a Departmental Educational Psychologist (Guidance Officer) and/or Speech and Language Assessment with a Departmental Speech Pathologist may be eligible for support. If so, these students receive a Negotiated Education Plan (NEP) and have teacher time allocated with the Special Education Teacher (some students through the assessment process may have already been verified at the pre-school level). The Special Education Teacher will conduct an NEP meeting with the parent and appropriate staff members and work directly on the learning requirements as determined by the NEP and assessment recommendations. This may mean in-class, small group and/or individual support for the student.

Smart Play

Smart Play is a lunchtime play programme that gives students the opportunity to be involved in a range of fun activities that encourage the use of positive language and help to teach skills that enable young children to independently solve problems, make new friends and be assertive and resilient whilst having fun in a group environment. Teachers select students that they believe will benefit best from the programme and then these students can bring a friend(s) to the programme. A teacher, trained SSO and peer mentors support the programme during lunch play times.

Phase 1

A small group of students’ work on fun, group activities that use Andrew Fuller’s work based on the theory that there are 5 rooms of the Brain. These rooms include the Blue room (inspiration), Green Room (thinking room), Orange room (creativity and feelings), Yellow Room (change), and the Red room (our emotional room). Students respond to scenarios and situations by using colour to identify their own thoughts and feelings and work through scenarios that they encounter frequently in their daily lives.  We use this language throughout the programme and have encouraged classroom teachers to also adopt this approach.

Phase 2

Phase 2 is our shared Play space where larger groups of students work with our Year 5/6/7 peer mentors and a yard duty teacher to support students in playing games and modeling positive behaviors.  This programme runs for three days a week and uses a different colour (Room of the Brain) for each day’s activities focus.  There are cooperative games and play boxes to support these sessions.

Phase 3

At lunchtime, there are lots of fun activities provided outdoors for students to participate in. Some teachers and many year 3-7 students elect to run fun activities. The programme helps to develop leadership qualities and personal responsibility in our older students; whilst providing the rest of the school (Reception to Year 7) with an opportunity to have something fun to do during lunch play. Some activities include: Art club, Jewellery and Tomboy crafts, Origami club, Chess, Basketball, Football, dance, Skipping and cricket.

The Arts

MUSIC is taught in all classes across the school as part of the specialist program. Students in the middle years have the opportunity to experience a performance program which develops throughout the year and culminates in performances for the school and wider community. Students have also been engaged in learning aspects of dance and drama. These facets culminate in preparing for the end of year school concert performance from each class.

CHOIR: Students can participate in our Junior or Senior Choirs who perform throughout the year. The Senior Choir students participate in weekly practice during school time leading into performing at the Schools Festival of Music at the Festival Theatre in 3rd term.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: The Department for Education Instrumental Music program conducts a weekly program at Glenelg Primary School for students of viola, violin, double bass and cello. Additionally, further instruments are offered through Brighton Secondary School, and lessons consist of individual lessons and band involvement.  Hire of musical instruments is often able to be arranged via the school with the parents invoiced for the instrument. A string ensemble is developed at school with students enrolling for lessons in year 3. Students are selected on audition and parents are informed of the program.

PRIVATE MUSIC TUITION: Is available for piano and guitar during the school hours.  Further information is available at the front desk.


The program is a course of activities designed to assist the development of gross motor skills in Reception students.  It was written by the South Australian Physical Education Branch for students who need support with coordination. All reception students are pre-tested to determine if they would benefit joining the program long or short term.


This fun and energetic program ensures that all students are skilled to participate and be successful in class based PE programs, schoolyard games and general junior sports.

Along with obvious benefits to coordination, balance and strength the children are expected to improve in; concentration, understanding of spatial concepts, listening skills, self confidence and social skills.


We conduct 2 x 20 minute sessions per week run by the special needs teacher or a trained School Services Officer (SSO) assisted by either adult volunteer helpers or senior students from year 6 or 7. Funtastics provides the extra benefit of cross age peer tutoring and relationship building.


Japanese is taught by specialist teachers, Natalie Reed and Ben Wong. All classes in the school are involved in the program which includes learning some of the language and investigating the Japanese culture.