Welcome everyone to the Templeton Primary School website. Through the reading of the attached material I hope that you will gain some insight into our purpose, direction and programs.
Schools are like children: they are the same but they are different.
I have been a Principal in the Victorian school system for over 30 years, the past 13 at Templeton. Our school philosophy is a direct reflection of this experience and is based around the concept of laying the foundations of learning in the first three years with a heavy emphasis on literacy and numeracy. The following years, the focus moves to an expansion of learning opportunities and programs that aim to accommodate the talents and needs of our children.
Our work is underpinned by our national award winning “Templeton Values” program that is built on the traditional concepts of courtesy, respect and care for others.
The school has consistently attained outstanding academic results with NAPLAN data showing that over the past eight consecutive years Templeton rated in the top 10% of all schools in Australia. We have also been recognised for our success with numerous awards for excellence, including an international award for our ICT global classroom project that was judged the best in the world and being selected to represent all Australian schools in the international TIMMS science competition.
In my office I have a plaque from the well renown philosopher Will Rogers that says,
“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there”.
Enjoy your journey,
Les Boag, B.A., B.Ed., B.Com., Dip. Tchg.
Each year the staff and School Council revisit the Templeton ‘Mission Statement’ to ensure that it remains current and accurately reflects our intention and purpose.
Our mission for 2017 is written so that everyone in the Templeton Community understands our mission and expectations:
- To lay a FOUNDATION for every child on which all future learning can be built on
- To develop a strong and meaningful RELATIONSHIP between children, staff and parents
- To maintain high EXPECTATIONS for the academic development of all children under our care
- To create an active and purposeful learning ENVIRONMENT to help children reach their full potential
- To MODEL in our students the positive behaviour and values we all believe in
- To utulise all aspects of DATA to guide our planning and practice
Templeton Primary School is a Victorian State Government Prep to Grade 6 school situated in Wantirna, an Outer Eastern suburb in the City of Knox
Templeton was opened in 1980 with an enrolment of around 250 students. Today, Templeton has an enrolment of over 675 in 28 classrooms based on traditional Prep to Grade 6 level structure. The school provides an excellent specialist program with Physical Education, ICT, Art, Library, Music, Performing Arts and LOTE offered throughout the school. Our aim is to equip our students with self management, educational and interpersonal skills to approach life with confidence.
An integral part of our tradition is to nurture in our students a sense of PRIDE IN PERFORMANCE which is our school motto.
The school strives towards:
- Creating a safe, caring and supportive learning environment that is stimulating and challenging.
- Providing a high quality, balanced educational program for all students.
- Fostering a culture of optimism, resilience and tolerance
Director of Teaching
Director of Learning
First Aid Officer
Katarina Govic and Emma Finn
Ganaelle de Rosbo
Ange Van Grondelle
School Council is responsible for ratifying all policies formulated by the management team. Policies are reviewed biannually in accordance with departmental mandates and guidelines. All policies are available for the school community in the link below.
Templeton Primary School recognises the importance of the partnership between schools and parents to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for ensuring inclusive safe and orderly environments for children and young people.
This Statement of Values sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the Principal, all school staff, parents, students and visitors. It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building safe and respectful school communities.
Discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, bullying, violence. aggression and threatening behaviour are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in this school.
Our Statement of Values acknowledges that parents and school staff are strongly motivated to do their best for every child. Everyone has the right to differing opinions and views and to raise concerns, as long as we do this respectfully as a community working together.
School leaders will
- Work collaboratively to create a school environment where respectful and safe conduct is expected of everyone
- Behave in a manner consistent with the standards of our profession and meet core responsibilities to provide inclusive, safe and orderly environments
- Plan, implement and monitor arrangements to ensure the care, safety, security and general wellbeing of all students in attendance at the school is protected
- Identify and support students who are or may be at risk
- Do our best to ensure every child achieves their personal and learning potential
- Work with parents to understand their child’s needs and, where necessary, adapt the learning environment accordingly
- Respond appropriately when inclusive, safe or orderly behaviour is not demonstrated and implement appropriate interventions and sanctions when required
- Make known to parents the school’s communication and complaints procedures
- Ask any person who is acting in an offensive or disorderly way to leave the school grounds
Teachers and staff will
- Model positive behaviour to students consistent with the standards of our profession
- Proactively engage with parents about student outcomes
- Work with parents to understand the needs of each student and, where necessary, adapt the learning environment accordingly
- Work collaboratively with parents to improve learning and wellbeing outcomes for students with additional needs
- Communicate with the Principal and school leaders in the event we anticipate or face any tension or challenging behaviours from parents
- Treat all members of the school community with respect
- Model positive behaviour to other students
- Ensure our child attends school on time, every day the school is open for instruction
- Take an interest in our child’s school and learning
- Work with the school to achieve the best outcomes for our child
- Communicate constructively with the school and use expected processes and protocols when raising concerns
- Support school staff to maintain a safe learning environment for all students
- Follow the school’s complaints processes if there are complaints
- Treat all school leaders, staff, students and other members of the school community with respect
- Model positive behaviour to other students
- Comply with and model school values
- Behave in a safe and responsible manner
- Respect ourselves, other members of the school community and the school environment
- Actively participate in school
- Not disrupt the learning of others and make the most of our educational opportunities
The school council is responsible for the governance of the school and approving the policy directions. The composition of the School Council is as follows:
- 8 elected parent representatives
- 4 staff representatives
- 2 community selected representatives
- 1 Principal
Elections are held every year before the 31st March. As membership tenure is 2 years, half of the elected member’s positions are up for re-election each year.
The school council operates the following sub committees:
Flexibuzz allows parents to access a wide range of easy to use school mobile app features. Developed specifically to enhance community connections with Templeton, Flexibuzz delivers a powerful solution to our school communication. More than just a school app, it can assist in the management of absences/attendance, replace paper permission forms with electronically signed forms and enrich the parent involvement in Templeton’s curriculum and activities. With automated processes and packed full of easy to use features, parents have access to the world’s most advanced communication tools. If you wish to contact your classroom teacher, you can submit a contact form via the app between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm or ring the school during school hours to make an appointment.
Our Year Level Blogs provide students and parents access to notices, permissions slips, booking links, newsletters and homework. Developed specifically for students to engage with online communication in preparation for secondary school, our Blogs ensure parents can engage with student learning from home. Please contact your classroom teacher or Mr Crilly for further information.
Our traditional newsletter Templeton Times is published every fortnight on our website and sent to parents as a push notification on Flexibuzz. Our newsletter has been running for over 30 years and provides our school community with continuing information about our school.
Our online portal will be operational for June Reports in 2017. Parents will be able to login and view their child’s report online, with more features introduced incrementally over the next twelve months.