I extend to you a warm welcome to the Templeton Primary School website and thank you for taking the time to visit us.
Templeton is a high performing, student focused school that places a high emphasis on student personal achievement and is committed to challenging our students in all areas of the curriculum. Students’ individual needs, personal interests and unique characters are known and supported by staff and enriched by an immersive, safe, positive and vibrant learning environment.
At Templeton, our curriculum is based on the understanding that students learn best by being engaged and active in their learning. Our philosophy of providing our students with a broad and well balanced educational experience ensures that each student has the opportunity to explore and release their individual talents. This philosophy is supported by our extensive range of extra curricula offerings. Specialist classes in Chinese, Art, Music, Performing Arts, ICT, Library and Phys Ed, ensure that all Templeton students have the opportunity to learn in varied ways. Through these opportunities, our teachers aim to create experiences that inspire students to learn and to continually challenge their personal best.
To further support our classroom and specialist programs, we offer Challenge programs for students who require extension beyond the classroom; programs such as Literacy and Numeracy extension, Chinese extension and PEEP.
In addition, Literacy and Mathematics support, including Reading Recovery, identifies students who require specialised intervention early in their schooling and puts them on the right path to achieving their educational goals. All our students are supported in the classroom with challenging work at their level.
Our commitment to the pastoral care and mental health of our students is supported with an extensive range of programs that support the emotional needs of our students. Programs such as Lunchtime Clubs, The Resiliency Project, Values Education, School of Rock, Coding, Sport, Homework Club, Dance and Inter House activities, ensure that our commitment to supporting the health and mental wellbeing of our students is paramount.
Following your visit to our web site, I would be pleased to answer any further queries you may have about our school. In doing so, I extend an invitation to you to contact Trudy O’Neill, our Enrolments Officer, to arrange a personalised tour where you can experience for yourself the unique learning environment that awaits you and your family at Templeton Primary School.
Mr Rod McKinlay
Our Multicultural School
We are extremely proud of our multicultural school, with 67% of our students coming from a non-English speaking language background. Our unique school environment promotes connections between home and the community, encouraging inclusion of multiple perspectives. Our school builds a knowledge base about ethnic groups, develops cross-cultural skills and encourages positive attitudes about living and functioning in a multiracial global society.
The flag of Australia has a blue field with the Union Jack in the canton (upper hoist quarter), and a large white seven-pointed star known as the Commonwealth Star in the lower hoist quarter. The fly contains a representation of the Southern Cross constellation, made up of five white stars – one small five-pointed star and four, larger, seven-pointed stars. There are other official flags representing Australia, its people and core functions of government.
The flag’s original design (with a six-pointed Commonwealth Star) was chosen in 1901 from entries in a competition held following Federation, and was first flown in Melbourne on 3 September 1901, the date proclaimed as Australian National Flag Day. A slightly different design was approved by King Edward VII in 1903. The seven-pointed commonwealth star version was introduced by a proclamation dated 8 December 1908. The dimensions were formally gazetted in 1934, and in 1954 the flag became recognised by, and legally defined in, the Flags Act 1953, as the ‘Australian National Flag’.
The Australian Aboriginal Flag represents Aboriginal Australians. It is one of the official flags of Australia, and holds special legal and political status. It is often flown together with the national flag and with the Torres Strait Islander Flag, which is also an official flag of Australia.
The Australian Aboriginal Flag was designed in 1971 by Aboriginal artist Harold Thomas, who is descended from the Luritja people of Central Australia and holds intellectual property rights to the flag’s design. The flag was originally designed for the land rights movement, and it became a symbol of the Aboriginal people of Australia.
The flag’s width is 1.5 times its height. It is horizontally divided into a black region (above) and a red region (below). A yellow disc is superimposed over the centre of the flag.
The symbolic meaning of the flag colours (as stated by Harold Thomas) is:
Black – represents the Aboriginal People of Australia
Yellow circle- represents the sun, giver of life and protector
Red – represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal peoples’ spiritual relation to the land
Torres Strait Islander Flag
The Torres Strait Islander Flag is an official flag of Australia, and is the flag that represents Torres Strait Islander people. It was designed in 1992 by Bernard Namok. It won a local competition held by the Islands Coordinating Council, and was recognised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in June 1992.
Due to an “administrative oversight”, the 1995 proclamation was not lodged so that it would continue in force indefinitely; hence it automatically expired on 1 January 2008. It was therefore almost identically replaced, on 25 January 2008, with effect as from 1 January.
In the 2008 proclamation, the flag “is recognised as the flag of the Torres Strait Islander people of Australia and a flag of significance to the Australian nation generally” and appointed “to be the flag of the Torres Strait Islander people of Australia and to be known as the Torres Strait Islander Flag”.
Although Namok has since died, the Torres Strait Islander Flag is still subject to copyright under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). The copyright was administered by the Island Coordinating Council until 2008, when that body was superseded by the Torres Strait Island Regional Council, which is willing to permit reproductions of the flag that are accurate and that acknowledge Namok as the designer.
The green panels at the top and the bottom of the flag symbolise the land, while the blue panel in the centre represents the waters of the Torres Strait. The thin black stripes between the green and blue panels signify the Torres Strait Islanders themselves. The white five-pointed star at the centre of the flag represents the five major island groups—the Western, Eastern, Central, Port Kennedy and (N.P.A.) Mainland—and the white dhari (dancer’s headdress) around it also symbolises the Torres Strait Islands people. White symbolises peace, while the star is a symbol for navigation.
The Templeton Oath
I am proud to be an Australian
I will honour the flag
I will care for the environment
I will respect my parents, teachers and fellow students
and I will try to do my best at all times
The Templeton Oath has been part of the fabric of our school since we opened in 1980. The Oath acknowledges our responsibility as a school community and Australian Citizens to honour the Australian Flag, care for our environment, and respect other members of the community. Our Oath is recited every Monday morning at assembly by one of our Student Councillors, and repeated by the student cohort in unison.
Acknowledgement of Country
Templeton Primary School acknowledges the
Wurundjeri and Bunurong people,
the traditional custodians of this land.
We pay respect to the elders of the Kulin Nation
and other Aboriginals past and present
Acknowledgement of Country
An ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ is an opportunity to acknowledge, and pay respect, to the Traditional Owners and ongoing custodians of the land – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Acknowledgements are often made at the commencement of an event, such as a meeting, speech or formal occasion. An acknowledgement can be made by anybody, Indigenous or non-Indigenous.
Knox has the second largest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region. The Knox area is part of the Kulin cultural nation, which occupied Central Victoria around Port Phillip Bay and into the upper reaches of the Golburn and Lodden Rivers. Knox stands on the edge of the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri and the Bunurong.
Students with a language background other than English
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 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 utilise all aspects of DATA to guide our planning and practice
The School Council is responsible for the governance of the school and approving the policy directions. 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.
Who is on our School Council?
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 to view or download in the links below.
Policies ratified 2019
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
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.
Receive up-to-the-minute photos on all the exciting things happening at our school. Follow templetonprimary on Instagram to further connect with our school community.
XUNO provides parents with a portal for accessing student reports, calendar, timetable and online payments. If you are experiencing difficult accessing the portal, please ring Mr Crilly at school on 9801 7450.
Year Level Blogs
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.