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The Principal’s Message

Aspendale Primary School has been educating the children of Aspendale and surrounding communities for over 90 years.

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Proud of our successful past, we are also firmly focused on our mission:

  • To provide a high quality, supportive and engaging learning program which builds the academic, social and emotional capacity of every student;
  • To provide opportunities for our students to develop understandings of essential concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to be life-long learners in our ever-changing world.

In recent years Aspendale Primary School has grown from one of the smaller schools in the area to a large school, however our commitment to the individual needs and improvement of every student in each class remains our focus. With a focus on the quality of teaching, students are supported by their own classroom teacher, other teachers across their year level, and a range of learning support staff.

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Principal Phil Anthony

Teaching & Learning

We are very proud to announce that we are officially an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) underpins our approach to teaching and learning.

Our students learn in a supportive personalised school environment, with access to a full and outstanding range of programs across all areas of the Victorian Curriculum.

At Aspendale Primary School we endeavour to provide students with learning experiences that are engaging, relevant, challenging and significant, in learning environments that are stimulating and provocative. We provide students with opportunities to build meaning and refine understanding, through explicit teaching sessions and structured inquiry.

There is a strong focus on Mathematics, English and Science as well as developing higher-order thinking skills, design and digital technology skills and creativity.

The IB learner profile attributes detail what learners at APS strive to be: Inquirers, Open-Minded, Knowledgeable, Caring, Thinkers, Risk-takers, Communicators, Balanced, Principled and Reflective. These align closely with our Core Values of Passion, Respect, Integrity, Commitment and Empathy which guide how we teach, learn and interact at Aspendale Primary School.

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Our Vision & Values

Aspendale Primary school is located on a large, picturesque site in a well-established residential beachside suburb on Port Phillip Bay, 27 km south-east of Melbourne, close to public transport, parklands and recreational facilities.

Students are drawn from the local Aspendale community, which the school has served since 1925.

Our Vision

‘Learning for Life’ describes our vision to ensure that every student is equipped with transferable knowledge, skills and understandings necessary to thrive in a rapidly-changing and globally connected world.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a high quality, supportive and engaging learning program which builds the academic, social and emotional capacity of every student at our primary school.

We aim to develop lifelong learners who care for themselves, others and the community around them, and actively contribute to a more sustainable and peaceful world.

Our Core Values of Passion, Respect, Integrity, Commitment and Empathy guide how we teach, learn and interact at Aspendale Primary School.

Our Core Values

Our Core Values of Passion, Respect, Integrity, Commitment and Empathy guide how we teach, learn and interact at Aspendale Primary School.

Curriculum

Aspendale Primary School’s Specialist Program includes Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Language (Mandarin), and Learning Enhancement Program, as well as a vast array of Curriculum Enrichment programs. Music tuition in the areas of singing, violin, keyboard, brass, drum and guitar is available for all students. The school is also proud of its talented Performance Choir and Performance Band who perform weekly at assemblies, for special events and in the local community.

Active parent participation has long been a feature of the school. An Outside School Hours Care program is conducted on site and is well utilised by the school community.

English

At Aspendale Primary School we are guided wholly by the Victorian Curriculum English scope and sequence. Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills across the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Each strand contributes its own distinctive goals, body of knowledge, history of ideas and interests to the study of English. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and the world around them. The role of language is crucial in nurturing the full development of each learner and fostering the values of diversity, international mindedness and intercultural awareness. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. Students are given the opportunity to become proficient in a second language. It is through learning a second language that students gain a viewpoint from a different cultural perspective.

The Language program, Chinese (Mandarin), provides all students with the experience of cultural immersion and language development. It is expected that our students be given daily opportunities to write, read and practise their oral language skills. Teachers are to plan experiences where students can span disciplines.

Maths

At Aspendale Primary School we are guided wholly by the Victorian Curriculum mathematics scope and sequence. We cover the three content strands of Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry and Statistics & Probability comprehensively whilst interweaving the four proficiency strands of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning into weekly lessons.

Over time we have moved to consolidate the excellent pedagogy occurring in mathematics classroom into four essential aspects. The four essential aspects are: a Daily Mathematics Session, a Common Mathematics Planner, Differentiated Teaching and the Use Of Mathematical Technologies. Below are some useful resources to support your child’s numeracy development at home.

Physical Education

Our Physical Education program is coordinated by Mrs Kate Scott. Each class participates in a weekly 50 minute lesson where they are involved in minor games and practice skills using a variety of equipment. Students work on their Fundamental Motor Skills by practicing activities such as kicking, throwing, running and catching.

Students in grades 3-6 are able to participate in the school swimming, athletics and cross country programs where they are given the opportunity to compete against local and state wide schools.

Students in grades 5 and 6 also play many different sports such as Netball, Football, Soccer and Basketball in our Interschool Sport program where they play against other schools.

Visual Arts

Our Visual Arts program is coordinated by Miss Natalie Tideman and Mrs Jude Hale. Each class participates in a weekly 50 minute Visual Arts session with either Miss Tideman or Mrs Hale.

After school art programs are also offered to students throughout the year.

Language – Mandarin

Our Mandarin program is coordinated by Miss Hong Ma. Each class participates in a weekly 50 minute Mandarin session with Miss Ma which provides all students with the experience of cultural immersion and language development.

There is also a Mandarin club available throughout the year during some lunchtimes where students can further their understanding of the language.

Performing Arts

Our Performing Arts program is coordinated by Mrs Tamara Thompson. Each class participates in a weekly 50 minute Performing Arts session with Mrs Thompson.

There are numerous other opportunities for students to develop their performance skills. These include: our Years 4-6 Performance Band, our Years 3-6 Performance Choir and our F-6 General Choir.

Private instrumental tuition is also offered to our students at Aspendale Primary School. Click here for information on our private instrumental tuition.

Wellbeing

The following programs and strategies are incorporated into our curriculum to teach social skills, develop resilience.

  • Weekly class session of APS Kids are Global Kids.
  • Timetabled Respectful Relationships lessons.
  • Classroom agreements at the beginning of the year and revisited at the beginning of each term.
  • Enrichment Clubs
  • Circle time
  • Restorative Practices
  • Prep-Better Buddies program
  • Year 3 Friends for Life
  • Year 6 Transition Program
  • M Girls
  • Yr 5/6 Sexuality In the classroom
  • Peer Mediaton

Child Safe Standards

The social, emotional and physical wellbeing of our students is pivotal to their success at school, and into their future lives. Students who are happy, healthy and resilient are better able to deal positively with life’s challenges and are well placed to develop into well-balanced and successful young adults. Supporting students by providing every opportunity to build and enhance their social, emotional and physical wellbeing is an essential part of school life.

Click here for more details regarding the Child Safe Standards

Whole School Social Skills

At Aspendale Primary school we focus on IB PYP attitudes of appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, tolerance, passion, these encompass our school values and lead to the development of positive attitudes towards people, towards the environment, towards learning. They are woven into our daily school life and support the wellbeing of the individual and the group.

Circle Time

This is a structured group where students and the group facilitator sit together in a circle. Group meetings are held regularly. They create a safe, risk-taking, trusting, non- blaming environment to speak, listen, share thoughts, explore ideas and interact. Circle time is a way of supporting students, raising their confidence and building their self-esteem. Restorative Practices Refers to the way in which students are asked to think about and take responsibility for their behaviour and its effects on others. This approach endeavours to build a caring community around students whilst not accepting harmful behaviour. When conflicts occur, the restorative approach involves all those affected to find the way forward.

Peer Mediators

Reinforce school rules and provide assistance and strategies for sorting low level problems within the school yard.

 

Primary Years Program

Year Level Curriculum Information Booklets

Facilities

Several years of major redevelopment to the school buildings and grounds, including a $2 million building project, have resulted in a stimulating 21st Century learning environment.

Our students benefit from spacious well grassed playing fields, zones for a variety of play, a large Friendship Garden; artificially turfed areas in the junior area with ball courts, chess board, hopscotch; and in the heart of the school, a magnificent turfed courtyard, complete with outdoor settings and a stage area, used for assemblies, passive play, and social events, such as the Community ‘Night on the Green’ every February.

Enrol now for 2020

We are taking enrolments for 2020. Please contact the office for a personal tour on 9580 3255.

Download the enrolment form