Wooroloo Primary School (5483)

School Overview

Wooroloo Primary School was established in 1903 and has been situated on the current site since the 1970's. The school continues to grow with an enrolment of 80 students in 2015 increasing to 87 students at the start of 2016. Students' individual needs are identified and there is a strong feeling of community in the school. The school has continued with the process of rebuilding and increasing student numbers by raising the profile of the school. The vision for the future is strong with an IT focus and a commitment to personalising the learning experience for each student.
We are located in the beautiful bush, semi-rural community of Wooroloo with students coming from a wide variety of backgrounds. These include property owners with small farms, business people and people who live in the area because of the environment and/or the rental opportunities that exist. The local abattoirs, the Wooroloo Prison Farm and Acacia Prison also provide employment for the parents of students.
The majority of our students commenced at the school in Kindergarten and enjoy the benefits of small class sizes, enabling a more nurturing student/teacher relationship. The school has a close association with the other schools in the Hills, with students participating in a wide range of sports and other activities collaboratively with the Hill Education Community(HECS) Group.
The school has a Technology Focus across all eight learning areas based on a solid foundation of Australian Values and community expectations.
The school has a variety of teaching staff from experienced to graduates. All staff actively pursue professional development opportunities that enable them to be at the forefront of current pedagogy. We have specialist teachers in Art, Music, PE and LOTE(Italian) and a School Chaplin. The school also employs a SAER co-ordinator to assist teachers to plan programs and differentiate the curriculum to meet all students' needs.
Our educational philosophy is based upon students having the ability and willingness to learn and continue learning throughout their lifetimes. To enable the students to achieve their academic and social potential, our school has developed a strong positive, collaborative and cooperative culture within the school community. In this context, the learning needs of students, the professional knowledge and enthusiasm of staff and the expectations of the community are used to establish quality learning and teaching programs and to maximise the educational opportunity and potential for each student.
Parent support and involvement is seen as a powerful element which supports and enhances the success and achievements of our students and staff. The school prides itself on being part of a small community that has fostered a dedicated partnership with the parent body that is genuinely committed to providing the best possible learning outcomes for all students. The school has actively pursued and developed community partnerships with local industries/groups such as the Craig Mystyn Group (Linley Valley Pork), Wooroloo Prison Farm, Acacia Prison, Mundaring Community Financial Services- Bendigo Bank, Mundaring Shire and the Wooroloo Branch of the Country Women's Association. The development of the partnerships has resulted in many extra physical/non-physical resources being provided.
Wooroloo Primary School strives to support the learning of our students providing a range of additional programs delivered by expert staff.
These include:
* Robotics program offered to all students K-6.
* Laptops for individual students, developing and using Information and Communication Technology.
* Interactive smartboards in all classes.
* Italian Language classes for years 1-6.
* Art Specialist Program, PP- 6.
* Physical Education- The school offers a range of sporting opportunities through regular visits by professional sporting organisations and is included in the Eastern Hills Schools Sports Association.
* Music Specialist Program, K- 6
* Whole school approach to pastoral care through teaching and developing Australian Values Education for Australian Schools (The National Curriculum)- through the DAVE (Developing Australian Values Education) program.
* Coder Dojo Club
* Press Club
* SIMS Music
* Home/school computer programs such as Lexile reading program
* In-term Swimming.
* Individual developmental programs as required.
The Nine Values for Australian Schooling
Care and Compassion - Care for self and others.
Doing Your Best - Seek to accomplish something worthy and admirable, try hard, and pursue excellence.
Fair Go - Pursue and protect the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society.
Freedom - Enjoy all the rights and privileges of Australian citizenship free from unnecessary interference or control, and stand up for the rights of others.
Honesty and Trustworthiness - be honest, sincere and seek the truth.
Integrity - act in accordance with principles of between words and deeds.
Respect - treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person's point of view.
Responsibility - be accountable for one's own actions, resolve differences in constructive, non-violent and peaceful ways, contribute to society and to civic life, take care of the environment.
Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion - be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others.
Arts Centre, specialising in visual arts and music.
Technology Centre - specialising in robotics and computer programming technology.
Purpose built Junior Primary Centre.
Music Centre
'Mums and Dads' Chat Group'- this group provides an opportunity for children between the ages of 0-3 years to interact with each other in a school environment. It also provides a great opportunity for mums, dads, family, volunteers and staff to network in a supportive environment.