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Teaching & 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.
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 PYP Attitudes of appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance align closely with our Core Values of Passion, Respect, Integrity, Commitment and Empathy. These guide how we teach, learn and interact at Aspendale Primary School.
Aspendale Primary School is a candidate school for the (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). Our school is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Aspendale Primary School believes is important for our students. 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, principally through structured inquiry.
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.
Vision, Learning For Life, ensures that every student is equipped with the transferable knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing and globally connected world.
is to provide a high quality, supportive and engaging learning program which builds the academic, social and emotional capacity of every student at Aspendale Primary School. We 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.
Our Core Values
Values of Passion, Respect, Integrity, Commitment and Empathy guide how we teach, learn and interact at Aspendale Primary School. The 523 Aspendale Primary school students benefit from spacious playing fields, including a new Year 2-6 playground, a Friendship Garden, vegetable garden, a well grassed oval, an artificially turfed active play area in the junior play area (with ball courts, chess board, hopscotch) as well as a large artificially turfed Courtyard, complete with outdoor furnishings, in the heart of the school. Our students benefit from flexible teaching spaces across the school surrounded by an outdoor decked learning area.
Aspendale Primary School’s Specialist Program includes Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Language (Mandarin), and Individual Needs, 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. Community Events are facilitated by a School Council committee, via a Council parent member/convenor and Council staff member, and are very proactive in planning whole school events.
Aspendale Primary is a values-based school, where every opportunity is taken to embed our values, both in formal activities as well as informally, in the way we interact with each other and conduct ourselves each day. Students learn in a personalised, caring and stimulating environment. Staff at Aspendale Primary School have a proactive approach to student wellbeing with social skills and our school values integrated into the classroom program.
We aim to provide a high quality teaching and learning program which develops students academically, socially and emotionally
Aspendale Primary School’s Specialist Program includes Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Language (Mandarin), and Individual Needs, 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 Mrs Carla Youngs and Mrs Jude Hale. Each class participates in a weekly 50 minute Visual Arts session with either Mrs Youngs or Mrs Hale.
After school art programs are also offered to students throughout the year.
Language – Mandarin
Our Mandarin program is coordinated by Mr Ardan Johnston. Each class participates in a weekly 50 minute Mandarin session with Mr Johnston 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 Mrs Cate Langley.Each class participates in a weekly 50 minute Performing Arts session with Mrs Langley.
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.
- 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
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.
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.