Inglewood Primary School is forty-five kilometres north-west of Bendigo, situated in the historic township of Inglewood that was once a large and bustling centre in goldrush times. The town boasts a number of historic buildings, including the school, which was built in 1870 and was both a primary and secondary school until 1982, when it reverted to being primary only.
The school has been completely renovated in recent years, through State and Federal funding, to provide modern, open learning spaces that cater for flexible groupings of students. We also have interactive whiteboards in each learning space, and a combination of desktop and netbook computers, providing a better than 1:1 computer ratio for our student population. The school grounds are large, with play equipment covered by shade sails, an asphalted games area and a sports oval that provides ample opportunity for children to be engaged in play.
The school has a current enrolment of 24 students, with a Principal, two full-time teaching staff, a Chaplain and a part time office manager. In addition the school funds the part time employment of an art and kitchen/garden specialist.
The school’s enrolments come from the local kindergarten, with future students being shared between ourselves, St Mary’s Primary and Bridgewater Primary. The other two schools have an enrolment total similar to ours. Inglewood Primary fosters the connection between home and school, with parents being encouraged to participate in the education of their children. We have a willing School Council and Welfare Committee that actively supports the school and its programs.
The school is also fortunate to have a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program in operation, which provides valuable learning experiences in the growing, harvesting, preparing and eating of fresh and healthy produce each week. Inglewood Primary is also a member of a network of local rural schools that combine to provide sporting and cultural opportunities for all the children throughout the year. The school plans extra curricula activities regularly, such as the swimming program, Sporting Schools program, gymnastics program, school camps, excursions and family involvement days. In addition, our Year 5-6 students make fortnightly visits to the local Inglewood Health hostel to interact with the elderly residents, and our Year 5-6 boys attend the local Men's Shed to undertake woodworking projects.
The school has a strong focus on establishing positive behaviours through the implementation of the 'School-Wide Positive Behaviour Strategy', where students are recognised and rewarded for meeting the expectations under the values of 'Respect Yourself', 'Respect Others' and 'Respect The Environment'. Our Chaplain works with students and families to provide assistance when needed and to build a sense of resilience and well-being.
We believe we have a happy and safe school environment that fosters confidence and a sense of connectedness, and that encourages and supports all students to perform at their best.
The school has a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy and value adding data for all students. Staff is focused as a strong learning team and working with a strong team teaching approach.
The open plan classrooms are very effective spaces for teaching and learning and provide enhanced opportunities for all teachers to work as a learning team. The school is extremely well resourced and is committed to building positive student relationships by implementing the 'School-Wide Positive Behaviour Strategy'. From 2015 LOTE (Indonesian) lessons for all classes are conducted weekly. Staff meet weekly to discuss student performance and to plan programs together, which ensures cohesive and sequential curriculum across the school.
The school offers a comprehensive curriculum program in the following learning domains: Physical, Personal and Social Learning (Health and Physical Education, Personal Learning, Interpersonal Development, Civics and Citizenship) Discipline Based Learning (Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, English, Science and LOTE) and Interdisciplinary Learning (Communication, Design, Creativity and Technology, ICT, Thinking). There is a very strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy at the school, with students timetabled for a one hour Numeracy and two hour Literacy sessions each day. The principal and staff combine to create three learning groups, which mean smaller group numbers and more one-to-one assistance. In addition we have volunteers who offer extra support to the students with special learning needs. Reading Recovery, which is an intensive, daily one-on-one program, is also provided to those Year One students who require additional assistance. Beginning in 2015, we now deliver LOTE (Indonesian) classes across the school.
The school operates a comprehensive transition program with the local pre-school to prepare students for primary school, and also with the closest secondary provider to ensure all students are well prepared for the next step in their schooling. ICT is embedded in all aspects of the curriculum with desktop machines available in each classroom and the Year 5-6 students having their own netbook for use at school.