It is the Willowmavin Primary School annual end of year Community Evening and your child is making their way to centre stage to receive their Certificate of Graduation. You smile with pride as you think about the journey your child has been on and the progress they have made in becoming the resilient, respectful and responsible individual that stands before the Willowmavin community today. You are comforted in the knowledge that your child has been best prepared academically, socially and emotionally to tackle future challenges, and is equipped with the skills necessary to thrive as a 21st Century Learner.
At Willowmavin Primary School, this is the vision we have for all of our graduating students. We are committed to supporting students to be the best they can be and to ‘REACH’ beyond their perceived potential by developing a growth mindset – an understanding that extra effort will lead to higher achievement.
Our students are all individuals and we celebrate their diversity and uniqueness. One thing all our students have in common, however, is that they are all members of the Willowmavin Primary School Community. Our students are the centre of what we do at Willowmavin. All decisions are based around one question: “Will this improve outcomes for our students?” We use student surveys and student leadership roles, such as our Junior School Council, to provide our students with a voice in their school and to ensure we have student-centred classrooms. Students are provided with strong wellbeing support, including a school chaplain, and are immersed in learning programs based on the Victorian Curriculum, including enrichment opportunities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics).
Similar to our students, our staff come from different backgrounds and bring a diverse range of skills and talents to our school. Staff travel from near and far to be here and work in collaboration to achieve success for our school. All staff are steadfast in their commitment to make Willowmavin Primary School the best it can be. Just as we wish to develop lifelong learners in our students, we seek to continue to learn to improve our practice. We are determined to work in partnership with our families and community in our continuous pursuit of achieving improved outcomes for the children in our care.
Students achieve greater outcomes when schools work together with their families. At Willowmavin Primary School, we seek to not only build close relationships with our families, but also to build the capacity of our families to engage in their child’s learning. We instil a sense of belonging in our families through providing multiple mediums in which our families can contribute to our school. This includes working both in and out of classrooms and through being involved in one of our parent bodies. Our families play a pivotal role in our school and we value their insights. Through surveys, parent groups and forums, and multiple communication avenues, we regularly seek feedback from families on how we are performing in our constant efforts to improve.
Geographically, our school is located amongst the farms of Willowmavin. However, our school community is made up of people from well beyond the Willowmavin border. We have built, and will continue to build, a school community that is passionate about our school and has the opportunity to contribute to and develop it. We are working together as a community to create a school that, whilst small in size, is big in stature.
At Willowmavin Primary School, our goal is to develop students who seek to ‘REACH’ beyond any perceived limitations to become pro-active, respectful and innovative citizens. We aim to do this by instilling the following values in our students:
Respect: Thinking and acting in a way that shows others you care about their feelings and their wellbeing. Respect means taking care of yourself, others, our school property and our environment.
Environmental awareness: Being aware of our environment – both locally where fire safety is critical, and globally where we need to make good choices that will lead to a healthy future.
Achievement: Giving your best effort to any task and completing it with the goal of developing greater knowledge and skills.
Community: Being active and responsible contributors within our school, our families, our local community and the world.
Health and wellbeing: Looking after ourselves and each other in a positive way so that we feel healthy, safe, comfortable and happy.
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