Templestowe Valley Primary School was established in 1969 and is situated on a spacious, elevated site that offers a quiet, safe and attractive environment, with established gardens and shade trees. The comfortable classrooms are well maintained, air-conditioned and heated. There is a well- equipped Library and separate rooms for Performing Arts, Science and Visual Arts.
The school was fortunate to receive funding from the State Government which has been used to build, refurbish and/or modernize many classrooms. This includes a new Art Room, a covered Outdoor Gymnasium and a Science Centre, with cooktops.
The school’s population is currently 454 students with 54 staff (including fulltime and part time teachers and Inclusive Learning Assistants and Administrative Support staff). A particular emphasis is placed on Literacy, Numeracy and Information Technology – all Year 3-6 students are issued with notebook computers whilst Foundation-Year 4 students have access to i-Pads and notebook computers.
Our teaching and learning is based on the Victorian [VIC] Curriculum – English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Digital Technology, Design & Technology, Health & Physical Education, Personal & Social Capabilities, Economics & Business. The school also supports the inclusion of children with special learning needs, disabilities & impairments and students for whom English is an Additional Language [EAL]. We offer an Inclusive Learning Program in conjunction with Bulleen Heights Special School. A Speech Pathologist and Guidance Officer visit our school weekly to support children with special needs. The school is also accredited to accept Full Fee Paying Students from overseas.
The teacher assessments from the VIC Curriculum standards and NAPLAN results combined indicate that Templestowe Valley Primary School students are in the top 20% of Victorian government schools. When compared to ‘Like’ schools with ‘Similar’ background characteristics, Templestowe Valley Primary School students in 2016 achieved ‘Similar’ NAPLAN results for Years 3 & 5 in Reading and Numeracy.
Collaborative decision-making and empowerment of staff, students and parents are core values of the school’s culture. Professional Learning Teams of teachers identify goals and work cooperatively to enhance student learning. The teacher Professional Development in 2018 will focus on Reading – Readers Workshop – including the CAFÉ menu of behaviours & strategies and STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. This work relates to the Goals outlined in the Strategic Plan, following the 4-year Review in 2016.
The school has strong parent classroom support to assist in Early Years of Literacy and Numeracy and there are specialist teachers employed for EMU Maths & EAL as well as Performing Arts, Library, Physical Education, Visual Art and Mandarin.
The school has a commitment to the achievement of excellence and the maintenance of an environment where the children are valued as individuals. The school believes that children learn best when:
- they are actively involved in their learning
- they are challenged and see a purpose for their learning
Programs are designed to differentiate the curriculum recognizing that children learn at varying rates and in different ways. A challenging and stimulating environment has been created in which children are encouraged to become independent, motivated learners in order to;
- develop the skills of leadership and the ability to work co-operatively in teams;
- achieve high levels of intellectual and physical competence;
- acquire decision-making, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Student involvement in curriculum programs is enhanced through International Competitions and Assessments for Schools [ICAS] in Mathematics, English, Science, Writing and Computer Skills. We have a peer support [Big Friends/Little Friends] with Foundation & Year 6 students and MAGic – pastoral groups F-6 that meet each Term. Junior School Council provides a student voice and meets fortnightly to discuss issues and suggest ideas to improve the school. There are numerous lunchtime activities from which to choose including chess, Coding Club, Glee Club [drama], tennis, dance, ‘Cubby Land’, Lego Club, Sustainability Garden and Rock Band.
Swimming [Years F-6], a Camping Program [Years 2-6] and Inter-School Sport are included in our curriculum. The school has developed close relationships with local kindergartens, childcare centres and Secondary Colleges, supporting effective transition into Primary School and beyond to Secondary Education.
Written reports are produced each semester in conjunction with parent/teacher interviews to provide parents with information on student progress. Learning Improvement Plans are developed for children “at risk” in their literacy and numeracy development. Staff members are readily available for additional formal and informal interviews when requested. Information Evenings at the beginning of Term One inform parents about the expectations and plans for the school year.
Communication with parents is open and welcomed. The fortnightly Principal’s “Valley Views” and weekly Level Coordinator newsletters are e-mailed home to inform the school community of upcoming events. Parents are involved in many aspects of our school and there is an emphasis placed on community participation. Opportunities exist for parents to join School Council and various Sub-Committees – Education, Finance, Canteen, Uniform, Parents & Friends, Out of School Hours Care [OSHC] and Buildings & Grounds.
The school is proud of its warm and friendly atmosphere and the commitment to high levels of participation by all members of our community. At Templestowe Valley Primary School, we “Aim High”, as our motto states to ensure that every student “finds their place in the sun”.