A Message From Our Principal - Ms Gayle Cope
A very warm welcome to Wattle Park Primary School!
Wattle Park Primary School is located in the Eastern suburbs on the border of Whitehorse and Boroondara Councils.
Wattle Park Primary School currently has an enrolment of just over 400 students. The students are mainly from our local area with a small percentage of overseas students.
The teaching staff comprises of eighteen classroom teachers and seven specialist teachers in the areas of; Chinese, Library, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Reading Intervention, Visual Art and English as an additional language. Students from Foundation (Preparatory) to Year 6 have weekly specialist sessions in all areas excepting reading intervention and English as an additional language. These two programs are provided for individual students with particular needs.
Four teacher learning assistants are employed to provide extra assistance for students who need extra support with their learning.
A part-time gardener and part-time chef work at the school to conduct gardening and cooking lessons for the Year 3 and 4 ‘Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden’ program. Along with the support of many valued volunteers.
All classes are formulated on one year level.
The leadership team is comprised of the school principal, Ms Gayle Cope, assistant principal, Mr Steve Donohue, and team leaders; Ms Catherine Churchward, Mr Richard Abell, Mr Daniel Watts, and Mrs Zelema Levy and Ainslie Peszynski.
Wattle Park’s School Performance Report for 2017 indicates that student performance in English and Mathematics in NAPLAN is well above the median for all Victorian Government Schools. Teacher judgements according to the Victorian Curriculum of student performance in English, Mathematics and Science is also above the median of all Victorian Government Schools.
Wattle Park Primary School completed a comprehensive school review in 2016. The new strategic plan is based upon the four priorities of the Education State’s ‘Framework for Improving Student Outcomes’-
1. Excellence in Teaching and Learning
2. Professional Leadership
3. Creating a Positive Climate for learning and
4. Community Engagement in Learning
The school is extremely proud of its teaching and learning programs where each individual student has their own learning goals each semester based upon Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science and or Humanities and social and personal capabilities.
Our performance in the on-line Language Perfect competition in 2017 resulted in the school being placed second in Victoria for Mandarin and 21st in Australia overall.
What is most impressive is that out of the top twelve awards eleven were achieved by non-Chinese first language speakers!
Over the past four years the school has focussed on improving the teaching of Science of all teachers across the school. The school was awarded a National Australia Bank ‘seed award’ of $15,000.00 and a $12,000.00 ‘Towards Victoria Learning Community’ award in 2013 to enhance the teaching of Science within and beyond to neighbouring schools.
All students from Foundation (preparatory) to Year 6 are introduced to coding via Beebots, Pro-Bot cars, Lego Robotics and iPad apps during weekly Science lessons.
Digital resources throughout the school include SMART televisions, interactive whiteboards, notebook computers and iPads. The school does not have a 1:1 networked digital device program.
Digital technologies are used for clear learning purposes, coupled with effective pedagogy for teaching and learning programs throughout the school.
The Arts are a prominent part of our curriculum. Our Visual Arts program and Performing Arts program are led by two passionate and talented teachers; John and Zelema. Each year the school holds an art exhibition showcasing students’ art work and an annual school production for all students; Foundation through to Year 6.
The school has extensive grounds including a grass oval, native bush area, vast vegetable patches and orchard, a natural grass amphitheatre and two asphalt basketball courts including four square and down ball areas.
Over the past three years art installations of; a super adobe house, an Australian animal bush log, a stainless steel sculpture and a mosaic commemorative trail honouring the First World War veterans has enhanced the overall appearance of our grounds.
The School Council’s Building and Grounds subcommittee has worked tirelessly to receive grants to purchase; a new perimeter fence around the school and an avenue of lemon scented gums.
The school’s grounds are quite spectacular for an inner suburban school. The students are fortunate to have a variety of spaces to run, play ball games, explore, create, rest and relax.
The Wattle Park school community is actively involved in school programs. Parents, grandparents, neighbours and Deakin University students participate in classroom learning and teaching programs, Stephanie Alexander kitchen and garden classes, working bees, canteen and fundraising initiatives. It is a requirement that classroom volunteers have a ‘Working With Children’s Check' and sign our school Child Safe Code of Conduct.
You are most welcome to arrange an appointment to visit the school during school times. The Year 6 school ambassadors; Aidan, Lani, Laxmi and Max along with me will escort your through the school and answer any questions you may have about school programs, the culture of the school, school policies and student health and well-being.
Wattle Park Primary School is a warm, friendly and welcoming learning community; we’d love you to experience the wonder of being part of an exceptional school.
Ms Gayle Cope