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Accreditation
We are member of Australian Tutoring Association since 2009.


Specialisation
Quality education for Preschoolers, Primary and High school aged children.Vacation Care programs also available. In essence, we specialise in making learning fun.


Small class sizes
Class sizes are small, with an average of 6-7 students per class promoting social engagement, collaborative learning and problem solving amongst children. Private tuition also available.

Our Vacation program has become very popular amongst Preschool and Primary students.

The program runs from 9am to 3pm each week day in the school holidays, with extra hours available between 7am and 6pm, for working families.

The focus of the School Holiday program is to explore the enjoyment of learning and social collaboration, through a range of fun, interactive and relaxed activities.

 

What does the program include?

Each day children will enjoy:

  • English classes
  • Maths classes
  • Science experiments
  • Cooking classes
  • Yoga and meditation experiences
  • Get physical’ games
  • Craft activities
  • Group games and activities
  • Magic tricks
  • Movies on the big screen


How much does the program cost?

Daily program: $70 per day (9am – 3pm daily)
Extended hours: $85 per day (any hours between 7am and 6pm daily)
The Child Care benefit is also available to families enrolled in the Vacation Care program.

 

2016 DATES:

Summer Vacation Care: 11th – 15th January and 18th – 22nd January. NAPLAN Classes for years 3 and 5 also available.
Autumn Vacation Care: 11th – 15th April and 18th – 22nd April. NAPLAN Classes for years 3 and 5 also available.
Winter Vacation Care: 4th – 8th July and 11th – 15th July. OC classes for year 4 students also available.
Spring Vacation Care: 26th – 30th September and 3rd – 7th October.

 

Some snapshots from some of the 2015 School holidays periods…

 

Yoga helps us to connect our bodies and mind, taking some time to ourselves, as we relax and become mindful of our emotions. Our relaxation activities help us to embrace our imaginations as we relax our bodies, developing self regulation, which assists with concentration and self awareness.

Cooking experiences provide opportunity for hands-on maths and science, whilst enjoying the benefits of social engagement.

 

 

Hands-on science and maths activities enable children to fully comprehend related concepts, whilst developing a love of learning!

 

 

 Whilst many children enjoy the calming effects art and craft experiences can provide, it also enables opportunity for self expression, literacy development and fine motor capabilities.

 

     

Our Team

H.O.T. School employs experienced tutor’s, who are passionate about helping all of our students achieve personal excellence. Our staff receive ongoing training and mentoring, to ensure the most modern and up to date teaching strategies are utilised.

Our staff are regularly assessed, ensuring each child is placed with the most appropriate tutor and method of learning available.

Our team promote the development of positive learning habits and dispositions amongst children; which we believe underline long term success.

 

Our approach

 

  • We believe in the use on ‘hands on’, concrete materials to support children’s learning.

 

  • We believe children need to be supported in their emerging understanding of concepts. We provide children with the knowledge and understanding to begin grasping concepts, allowing them to develop the tools to further enhance their capabilities independently.

 

  • We believe that for children to learn effectively, a sense of intrinsic motivation needs to be fostered. Children should be encouraged to take initiative for their own learning, understanding that education is an important aspect of life.

 

  • We believe children should be encouraged to review their progress and take pride in their achievements. This supports a positive disposition toward learning on a long-term basis.

Frequently asked questions

 

How are we different in our approach to tutoring children? 

Whilst worksheets are a part of our program, they are not the only tools used to develop skills and knowledge. Worksheets are used for children to document their learning, however we feel repetition and monotony is meaningless for many children, and can be quite detrimental toward a positive learning disposition.

Our hands on activities and games allow children to explore concepts in an enjoyable and social manner, which we find to be far more effective for promoting meaningful understanding across of areas of learning. 

We recognise that ‘one size’ does not ‘fit all’ when it comes to working with children. We respect that children are unique individuals, thus are flexible in our approaches toward how we support each and every child. The program is often tailored to suits children’s individual needs and learning styles.

 

How do we monitor children’s progress? 

Children are grouped by their skill level, rather than by age. This ensures every child receives the most appropriate level of support available.

Principal Katherine is continuously monitoring the children in the classroom, whilst maintaining regular and open communication with tutors and parents. Children are moved into different groups at times, to ensure their time with us is always meaningful.

 

Do children need to complete an entry assessment? 

No. We have found that many children feel pressured in test situations, and the results from one test may not provide a clear overview of where children are in their learning journey.

Thus, we prefer to monitor children on an ongoing basis, based on their performance during class times as well as from parent feedback. 

Children do complete an assessment in class during week six of term, after they have had time to settle into the environment and have begun to grasp the concepts they are working on. This creates a more enjoyably and meaningful learning experience. 

Reports are made at the time of the week six assessment, providing extensive feedback for families.

 

Is H.O.T School for everyone? 

Yes. With our range of programs, we have support available to suit all ages and all skill levels.

 

Is private tutoring available? 

Yes. We prefer to group children as we feel social collaboration is an important aspect of effective learning, supporting the enjoyment aspect of learning also. 

If a child is really struggling at school, we may suggest private tuition; until they have grown enough in their fundamental understanding of concepts, in order to move into an appropriate group.

 

Is High School tuition available?  

Yes. High School tuition is completed on a one-to-one basis, whereby we ask students to bring in their school work. This sort of tuition is designed to support children with school work they are struggling with, as well as with their assessments and test preparation.

 

Frequently Asked questions

How are we different in our approach to tutoring children?

Whilst worksheets are a part of our program, they are not the only tools used to develop skills and knowledge. Worksheets are used for children to document their learning, however we feel repetition and monotony is meaningless for many children, and can be quite detrimental toward a positive learning disposition.

Our hands on activities and games allow children to explore concepts in an enjoyable and social manner, which we find to be far more effective for promoting meaningful understanding across of areas of learning.

We recognise that ‘one size’ does not ‘fit all’ when it comes to working with children. We respect that children are unique individuals, thus are flexible in our approaches toward how we support each and every child. The program is often tailored to suits children’s individual needs and learning styles.

 

How do we monitor children’s progress?

Children are grouped by their skill level, rather than by age. This ensures every child receives the most appropriate level of support available.

Principal Katherine is continuously monitoring the children in the classroom, whilst maintaining regular and open communication with tutors and parents. Children are moved into different groups at times, to ensure their time with us is always meaningful.

 

Do children need to complete an entry assessment?

No. We have found that many children feel pressured in test situations, and the results from one test may not provide a clear overview of where children are in their learning journey.

Thus, we prefer to monitor children on an ongoing basis, based on their performance during class times as well as from parent feedback.

Children do complete an assessment in class during week six of term, after they have had time to settle into the environment and have begun to grasp the concepts they are working on. This creates a more enjoyably and meaningful learning experience.

Reports are made at the time of the week six assessment, providing extensive feedback for families.

 

Is H.O.T School for everyone?

Yes. With our range of programs, we have support available to suit all ages and all skill levels.

 

Is private tutoring available?

Yes. We prefer to group children as we feel social collaboration is an important aspect of effective learning, supporting the enjoyment aspect of learning also. 

If a child is really struggling at school, we may suggest private tuition; until they have grown enough in their fundamental understanding of concepts, in order to move into an appropriate group. 

 

Is High School tuition available?  

Yes. High School tuition is completed on a one-to-one basis, whereby we ask students to bring in their school work. This sort of tuition is designed to support children with school work they are struggling with, as well as with their assessments and test preparation.

 

Our classes are hands-on and engaging; providing meaningful learning experiences suited to the needs of our students.

Our students genuinely enjoy our classes, allowing them to become confident learners, with positive dispositions toward learning and perseverance.  Classes incorporate guided, shared and independent learning experiences; with the perfect balance between the right level of challenge, support and guidance.

Students are grouped according to skill level, with ongoing, active communication maintained between families and staff. This ensures the most meaningful learning experiences are always provided. Our Principal is consistently liaising with all of our tutors and is always available to discuss children's progress with families. 

Each student is continuously monitored during class times, with two comprehensive progress reports being provided to families annually.

Homework is available and students are encouraged to take initiative for their learning and progress; with an awards program in place to commend hard work, dedication and perseverance. This enhances students’ sense of intrinsic motivation, as they learn to set goals and take responsibility for their own learning.

For specific class times, double click on the below link:

 http://hotschool.com.au/images/hotschooldata/docs/timetable/Timetable.pdf

 

Preschool classes- School Readiness Program (2 hour class)

This program is suitable for students who are planning to commence Primary School in 2018 or 2019. Understanding that all children are different, there is no set age to begin in this program.

  • Strong emphasis toward developing reading and writing skills.
  • Numeracy and general ability development.
  • Enhancement of social skills and dispositions toward learning, school and persistence.

GEM Kindergarten (2 hour class)

This program explores conceptual knowledge within the areas of General ability, English, Maths and Writing.

  • Encourages students to become competent within their reading, writing and speaking capabilities; developing strong foundations for ongoing literacy capabilities used within all areas of learning.
  • Strong focus toward the development of effective problem solving capabilities and logical thinking skills.
  • Enrichment activities providing social and intellectual material, fostering a sense of worth and accomplishment amongst students.


English/Writing (2 hours) For students in years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

This program enables students to develop competency within the area of English, whilst supporting them to become capable, effective writers across all text types.

  • Builds conceptual knowledge within the areas of vocabulary, comprehension and grammar.
  • Develops positive dispositions toward reading and writing.
  • Enhances students’ understanding of the features of various text types and ability to apply related knowledge to their own writing.
  • Enables students to develop an ability to express their thoughts, ideas and opinions through speaking and writing; in a clear, coherent and structured manner.

Mathematics (1½ hours) For students in years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 - Year 1 program coming soon

This program provides curriculum maths and enrichment activities, to enhance students’ understanding of mathematical principles and reasoning.

  • Emphasis toward the development of problem solving skills.
  • Fosters speed and accuracy across all areas of mathematics.
  • Hands-on, collaborative learning; making maths fun!

Exam Preparation Courses

NAPLAN (2 hours ) For Year 2 students (Term 4)_For Year 3 students (Term 1)

This course covers conceptual knowledge within the areas of numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar, to help students prepare for the NAPLAN Test in May.

  • Each lesson will contain a test that will be similar in format to the actual NAPLAN test. The development of exam strategies is encouraged.
  • Students are supported to develop their skills, knowledge and application, across all areas of learning.
  • Lessons are designed to help students feel comfortable and confident when undertaking the test.
  • Lessons enable students to develop an understanding of the importance of related learning; beyond the NAPLAN test and within their own educational journey.

NAPLAN Mock Test and Review Classes (3 hour classes during Term 1 school holidays) For students in years 3 and 5.

Students are able to complete a mock NAPLAN test, under the same conditions they will experience when sitting the examination at school.

  • Students will review the tests upon completion, ensuring they are able to learn from their mistakes.
  • Supports students to feel more confident and comfortable about sitting for the NAPLAN test.
  • Enables students to practice exam techniques and develop clear expectations about the format of the tests.

Pre OC Program (2 hours – Terms 1 and 2) For Year 3 students

This program will commence in Term 2 each year, becoming the OC Program for year 4 students.

  • This course will include writing development in the areas of narrative and persuasive texts; particularly in the lead up to NAPLAN.
  • Activities and content provided aim to enhance and challenge students' skills and capabilities within the areas of English, Maths and General Ability.
  • Develops exam strategies and confidence. Students will complete one test each lesson, before reviewing it as a class.

OC Program (2 hours – Terms 1 and 2) For Year 4 students

This program will commence in Term 1 and continue until the OC Test in August. From term 3 onwards, this course becomes the Pre-Selective Course.

  • The course fosters skills and capabilities in the areas of reading, mathematics and general ability, as well as the development of exam techniques. Excellent past success rate.
  • Students will complete one test each lesson under exam conditions, before reviewing it as a class.
  • Mock Test and Review sessions are also held during the Term 2 school holidays.

OC Mock Test and Review Classes For Year 4 students

Mock Test and Review sessions will be held daily during the winter school holiday period (please see timetable link for current dates). Book for as few or many sessions, as needed.

  • Students will undertake tests that will simulate the Opportunity Class Placement Test.
  • A great opportunity for students to consolidate all the work done in the course to-date.
  • Explicit focus on exam techniques and requirements.


Pre-Selective/Scholarship Program (3 hours – Terms 3 and 4) For Year 4 students

This program enhances and challenges students' skills, capabilities and knowledge within all areas of learning. From year 5 onwards, this course becomes the Selective/Scholarship program.

  • Lessons foster competence within the areas of English, Maths, General Ability and Writing.
  • Each lesson also includes a mock test, which is then reviewed as a class.
  • Classes enable students to enhance their goal setting abilities and sense of perseverance and determination.


Selective/Scholarship Program (3 hours) Commencing in year 5, continuing through to the Selective Test in Year 6

This is a comprehensive program, aimed to prepare students for the Selective Schools test as well as various Scholarship tests.

  • The course develops students’ competence within the areas of English, mathematics, general ability, writing and exam techniques.
  • Weekly tests, revised with students.
  • Excellent success rate; in 2015, 90% of our students gained entry into a Selective School and/or were awarded scholarships.

Selective/Scholarship Mock Test and Review Classes (Six 4 hour classes – On Sundays prior to the Selective Test) For Year 6 students

Selective Trial Tests will be conducted during term 1 prior to the Selective School Placement Test.

  • Students will undertake tests that will simulate the actual Selective Test held in March. These test styles are also similar to the Scholarship tests offered by many schools.
  • A great opportunity for students to consolidate all the work done in the course to-date.
  • Explicit focus on exam techniques and requirements.

High School classes

We have English/Writing and Maths classes available for students in years 7-10. These courses focus on supporting students' with curriculum related work, aiming to consolidate learning, whilst extending and challenging skills and capabilities.

For other subjects and students in years 11 and 12, we offer private tuition; however availability is limited.

Year 7

English/Writing

Saturdays 11-1 pm

Maths

Thursdays 6-7.30 pm

Year 8

English/Writing

Saturdays 11-1 pm

Maths

Thursdays 6-7.30 pm

Year 9

English/Writing

Wednesdays 4-5.30 pm

Maths

Wednesdays 5.30-7 pm

Year 10

English/Writing

Class currently unavailable- please register your expressions of interest.

Maths

Wednesdays 4.30-5.30 pm

 

 

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