Our school is located in a bush and land setting on spacious grounds. The culture of our school is supported by the key processes of professional learning, performance development and data analysis to inform teaching. There is a focus on high expectations for staff and student learning that is supported by review processes. Teachers are accessible to families which contribute to the strong sense of belonging, collegiality and community pride in our school. This is evidenced by our increasing enrollments.
Staff and students have implemented a Social Skills and Problem Solving program which underpins our Student Behaviour Code. Students are involved in decision making via class meeting and house meetings and the Student Leadership Group (SLG). We encourage peer and cross-age tutoring through buddy class programs.
Leadership comprises a 1.0 Principal and we choose to pay for an Assistand Principal.
Enrollments have increased over the year by 18%, ending with 200 students enrolled Pre-Yr 7. We have 9 students in our Junior Primary Special class and ended the year with 12 students in our Primary Special class as well as 20 students enrolled in our Preschool. 38% of enrollments were School Card holders and 30% EALD students and 23% SWD, with some children in more than one cohort (these numbers do not include children enrolled in our Preschool).
All of our classes regularly access our Resource Center (RC), managed by SSOs. Students have participated in activities including Premiers Reading Challenge and Book Week. Modbury Special School accesses our RC once a week. Students have access to multiple forms of ICT, including networked computers, computer pod, iPads, laptops and tablets.
The Preschool is an integral part of the school and programs are linked to school priorities, including whole school assemblies and celebrations and kitchen and garden lessons. Our registered Playgroup is run weekly on Friday mornings by a staff member and parents who attend.
Our links with Modbury High School (MHS), have strengthened, including year 10 Child Studies students running cooking and craft lessons with our Reception students and out year 5, 6 and 7 students involved in sport lessons. We have also strengthened bonds with Modbury Special School (MSS) as we host 1 of their classes. Staff and leadership communication is open across campuses.
This year our Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) has been outsourced to Happy Haven.