Gaven State School, Oxenford, Queensland
Opened in 1995 in the hinterland area of the northern Gold Coast, Gaven State School proudly services the communities of Gaven, Oxenford, Maudsland, Pacific Pines, Studio Village, Maudsland, Riverstone Crossing, Guanaba, Mt Nathan. Our purpose is: 'To make a positive difference for each and every child, each and every day'. Our community values: People, their ideas and opinions. Quality Curriculum Programs; Teamwork; Commitment; and a Supportive School Environment.
Our curriculum is a central focus for our school and is premised on high expectations for students, particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy. We are currently implementing the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. Our results between 2008-2013 indicate that we have made significant improvements in students tests scores and that we are improving these scores at a rate which is well above the National average.
The use of technology is a feature of our school. We have two computer laboratories fully networked and connected to the internet, as well as interactive whiteboards and fully networked and internet connected computers in every classroom. We also have ipads being used in every classroom, our classrooms are wireless connected and we are working towards a Bring Your Own Device Program.
Visual/performing arts programs are highly valued by our school community and we perform our "Gaven Gala" every two years in our recently built Woodgate Hall. We also host an Artist-in-Residence and an annual Art Show, which showcases the wonderful artistic talents of our students.
The school has also developed and implemented a highly effective 'Value of the Month' Program, which is featured on weekly assemblies and is an integral component of the class curriculum. The curriculum is enhanced by strategies to support students identified as gifted and talented, or requiring intervention, learning and/or Special needs support. Our volunteer chaplain addresses the spiritual and/or ethical needs of students.
Our school is active in the community participating in such events as Anzac Day, Eisteddfod, academic and local sporting competitions. We are to become the first primary school 'School of Excellence in AFL' in 2014. Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in the school. Our enthusiastic Parents and Citizens Association provides the advice and additional resources critical to our success. In addition, there is a C & K Kindergarten on our premises, which is a major asset to our school and community.