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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.
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.
‘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 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.
Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
Statement of commitment to child safety
Aspendale Primary School is a child safe organisation which welcomes all children, young people and their families.
We are committed to providing environments where our students are safe and feel safe, where their participation is valued, their views respected, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Our child safe policies, strategies and practices are inclusive of the needs of all children and students.
We have no tolerance for child abuse and take proactive steps to identify and manage any risks of harm to students in our school environments.
We promote positive relationships between students and adults and between students and their peers. These relationships are based on trust and respect.
We take proactive steps to identify and manage any risk of harm to students in our school environment. When child safety concerns are raised or identified, we treat these seriously and respond promptly and thoroughly.
Particular attention is given to the child safety needs of Aboriginal students, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, international students, students with disabilities, those unable to live at home, children and young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) and other students experiencing risk or vulnerability. Inappropriate or harmful behaviour targeting students based on these or other characteristics, such as racism or homophobia, are not tolerated at our school, and any instances identified will be addressed with appropriate consequences.
Child safety is a shared responsibility. Every person involved in our school has an important role in promoting child safety and wellbeing and promptly raising any issues or concerns about a child’s safety.
We are committed to regularly reviewing our child safe practices, and seeking input from our students, families, staff, and volunteers to inform our ongoing strategies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Performing Arts program is coordinated by Miss Natalie Tiderman and Mrs Stella Matthews. Each class participates in a weekly 50 minute Performing Arts session..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reinforce school rules and provide assistance and strategies for sorting low level problems within the school yard.
Respectful Relationships is about embedding a culture of respect and equality across our entire community, from our classrooms to staff rooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events. This approach leads to positive impacts on student’s academic outcomes, their mental health, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students. Respectful Relationships supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.
What is PBL
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a school wide behaviour initiative that has been implemented by the staff and students at Aspendale Primary School. This framework provides a research based approach to promoting positive behaviour at our school. PBL provides a consistent approach and common language to engage, guide and support students to be the best they can be. An important component of PBL is the understanding that appropriate behaviour and social competence is a skill that requires direct teaching to students, just like literacy and numeracy.
At Aspendale Primary School:
These school wide expectations stem from our school values and are the basis for our Expected Behaviours Student Matrix. PBL aims to ensure that all students and staff share the same language when discussing behaviour, and the Matrix expectations are used to explicitly teach positive behaviours across all year levels. The Matrix is displayed in all classrooms and specific expectations are also displayed in relevant areas of the school (see attached PDF).
Positive Acknowledgement System
Positive acknowledgement is a major component of the PBL program. Students who are demonstrating school values and expectations may receive a PRICE token in recognition of their behaviour. These tokens offer tangible signs of progress and success, provide positive feedback and help reinforce positive behaviours and expectations. Once students have accrued enough tokens they are able to redeem them for a variety of activities.
Primary Years Program
Year Level Curriculum Information Booklets
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.