Prep children have a Grade 6 Big Buddy who they meet for the first time during the Transition to School Program. The "Big Buddies" relationship continues throughout the Prep year, with programmed activities each week. Grade 6 students look forward to becoming Big Buddies, and they treasure their special relation ship with the Prep students.
New children starting at Tylden are assigned a 'Buddy' who helps them to settle into their new school.
Our Buddy Program leads to long-lasting friendships between students of all ages.
Each year, two representatives from each year level (grades 3 – 6) are elected to be part of the Junior School Council (JSC). The JSC meets regularly to organise special activities and may also raise money for charity or for the school.
Representatives of the JSC submit a formal report to school council each month.
Students are encouraged to bring healthy food options to school every day and to limit the amount of packaging in their lunchboxes.
"Fruit snack" time is built into the literacy teaching block each day. It provides a short break from learning and a healthy energy boost.
With grounds and all buildings accessible to all, Tylden Primary School is a friendly school where individual difference is valued and respected. We offer an education program suited to the diverse needs of our students.
Tylden Primary School has well equipped classrooms, each with an Interactive whiteboard or Smart TV. There are banks of laptop computers available for all ages.
ICT is used as needed to enhance the teaching and learning programs for all children. Children learn touch typing and coding skills from grades 1 - 6.
The Camps Program begins at grade 3 with an overnight camp at a venue close to the school. Grades 4 - 6 participate in a 3-day camp experience. The locations for the 3-day camps include ocean, goldfields and urban.
All year levels are provided with excursion opportunities each year to complement the learning in a variety of curriculum areas.
The whole school swimming and water safety program operates annually in fourth term. The students are grouped by ability and the lessons are conducted by trained staff from the Kyneton Sports and Aquatic Centre.
The annual House Swimming Carnival is held during the swimming program for students in grades 3 - 6.
The annual House Athletics Sports Day is a highlight in the school calendar. Our school has three houses: Dingoes (Yellow), Dolphins (Blue) and Wedge-Tailed Eagles (Red). Students earn points for their house by competing against the standard for their age in a variety of track & field events.
Members of the Dja Dja Wurrung, the traditional custodians of the land where the school is built, teach the students indigenous games each year and this is a very popular paret of our sports day.
Specialist instrumental music teachers offer tuition in piano, drums/percussion and guitar. Students are prepared for AMEB music examinations if required. Tuition fees are set by the visiting staff and costs are met by parents.
The Tylden Primary community supports sustainable practices that are waste, energy, and water wise. We work with students to reinforce the belief that actions taken by an individual can make a difference.
Children in the upper grades participate in a variety of sports with other local schools, with an emphasis on inclusion and participation. Parents are welcome to attend sports days as spectators.
Students learn at different rates and there is diversity in every classroom. The school offers a range of specialised intervention activities to assist with literacy and numeracy development.
Students at Tylden PS are regularly selected to participate in the VIctorian High Achievers Program (VHAP).