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 Music, Art and Science.
The school was fortunate to be funded through the Commonwealth Government BER program, building a Learning Resource Centre – opened in 2011 by Senator Gavin Marshall. This added an additional third block [Block C] with six new classrooms and collaborative learning spaces. The school oval has been upgraded with artificial turf through a National Pride Grant – further enhancing the educational programs offered by the school. A multi-purpose Hall provides us with space to hold school assemblies, Physical Education classes and drama performances. Further funding through a State Government grant, has allowed the school to refurbish and upgrade its facilities. This will include a new Art Room, a covered Outdoor Gymnasium and a Science Centre, with cooktops.
The school’s population is currently 484 students with 55 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 broad curriculum 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 2017 will focus on Reading – Readers Workshop – including the CAFÉ menu of behaviours and strategies that support reading and STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. This work is a follow-up 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, Multi-LIT [Word Attack Skills] & EAL as well as Physical Education, Art, Music, Library, Performing Arts 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:
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;
The School Council and Sub-Committees seek input from parents on a variety of educational issues. In 2016, TVPS undertook a year of self-evaluation, review and planning – the DET four-year Review process for all Victorian Government schools. This involved meetings with all stakeholders – teams and working parties, including the Principal, staff members, student representative group, School Council President, School Reviewer and critical friends [Principal colleagues]. The eventual outcome was the writing of a new Strategic Plan to outline the goals for the next 4-year period.
Student involvement in curriculum programs is enhanced through International Competitions and Assessments for Schools [ICAS] in Mathematics, English, Science, Writing and Computer Skills. We also have a peer support program [Big Friends/Little Friends] with Foundation & Year 6 students. Junior School Council provides a student voice and meets fortnightly to discuss issues and suggest ideas to improve the school.
Swimming, a Camping Program [Grades 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”.