Philosophy


At WRPS the child is at the centre and purpose of all that we do. Our teachers and support staff will work hard to provide a teaching pedagogy reflective of 21st Century designs including ICT rich environments and Personalised Learning for all students. This innovative, rich and rigorous curriculum will be delivered in a positive, stimulating and challenging learning environment where every child experiences success and develops a love of life-long learning. Our students will be encouraged to explore their world through inquiry learning to become thinking, informed, resilient and self directed learners who are able to be the best they can and contribute actively to their community. The key components of the teaching programs at WRPS will be the effective teaching of literacy and numeracy.

Our State of the art buildings consist of 4 Learning Communities, Learning Resource Centre, Netball Victoria Standard Stadium, Music Room and STEM facility. Teachers work together to plan and teach a comprehensive curriculum and to provide rich learning environments for all students.

Our programs are supported by contemporary resources and the latest research on teaching and learning.

The curriculum at WRPS is developed using an inquiry approach, where students are encouraged to take an active role in investigating and responding to areas of personal interest. The Victorian Curriculum forms the basis for teacher planning and curriculum implementation, based on interwoven strands of Disciplinary Learning, Interdisciplinary Learning and Physical, Personal and Social Learning. Specialist programs offered include Health and Physical Education, Visual Arts, Auslan, Music and Science.

The school structure is organised around the stages of schooling. The Early Years caters for the learning and developmental needs of students in Foundation to Year 4 and is based on the principles of foundational learning.

The students in Year 5 and 6 are part of the Middle Years of schooling with close links being forged with the local secondary schools. The Middle Years focuses on the needs of the emerging adolescent and independent learning. Each Learning Community will be organised around one of the stages of schooling. The school is committed to providing a range of learning experiences for each child. This structure allows teachers to cater for a range of students, learning styles and individual needs, whilst encouraging peer interaction. A range of extra-curricular opportunities is offered to students, from music tuition and sporting teams to activities and programs.

The wellbeing of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us and we are committed to ensuring the safety of all students and will have zero tolerance of child abuse in any form. The high calibre Student Wellbeing

team will consist of a full time Child Education Psychologist and DET Speech Therapists, Counsellors, Social Workers and additional Psychologists. The school will employ Education Support Staff to support students, staff and families.

The relationship between the staff, students and parents will be a fundamental strength at WRPS. The school will enjoy formidable Community involvement. Parent involvement and participation in a variety of school activities is a significant feature of our school life and will be actively encouraged and greatly valued. At WRPS we conduct Parent Information sessions around how to best support your child at home with Literacy and Numeracy. This will benefit our students by receiving a consistent approach to learning both at school and home. There is a common community interest to work towards the provision of quality education for students at WRPS. We strongly believe that working in partnership with the school community is essential to successful educational outcomes.

Our students will be supported to become competent and efficient users of ICT. Professional Learning for staff in the area of ICT is a priority and a focus of the Professional Development allocation.

We are developing strong partnerships with YMCA, who will provide long day care in the Early Learning Centre, OSHC and the local Selandra Family and Children’s Centre provides community and children’s services in the one location where families need them most.

Further links with the City of Casey and local kindergartens, network schools all of which strengthen our community involvement. CERES both fosters and develops our environment sustainability focus to allow students to participate in intensive environmental programs.

Vision
At WRPS the child is at the centre and purpose of all that we do. All teachers and support staff work to provide a teaching pedagogy reflective of 21st Century designs including ICT rich environments and personalised Learning for all students. Teachers and students will work collaboratively in Learning Communities, to create flexible teaching options to cater for the individual needs of all students. All teachers will commit to having shared responsibility of the academic success and general well being of all students within the Learning Community.

Mission
It is the mission of WRPS to provide our students with excellence in Teaching and Learning and to ensure that all students experience success. Through community connectedness, students develop a love of learning allowing them to become self-motivated, curious and tolerant citizens.

Wilandra Rise Primary School core beliefs that we base our work on are:

Respect: For ourselves and others – caring for, understanding, accepting and appreciating ourselves and others

Responsibility: Demonstrating ownership for our actions and words. Being accountable for our actions

Integrity: Being honest, sincere and trustworthy

Resilience: Bouncing back from difficulties and disappointments. Accepting challenges, working hard and not giving up easily.

In line with the Victorian Curriculum all classes are in single year levels. This structure supports current reporting methods, curriculum content at each level and the range of abilities within classes. Small class sizes, where possible, are maintained to ensure that all students develop effective literacy and numeracy skills.

Wilandra Rise Primary School is committed to maximising the educational opportunities for all students with staff professional development playing a vital role in achieving this. The school also supports an open door policy with regular participation and communication between teachers and parents in order to achieve continuous improvement