In 2017 the school has 564.6 students. A Principal and an Assistant Principal; 34 teaching staff, including two leading teachers; six specialist teachers; and 21 Education Support staff. Demand for places at the school often exceeds those available.
The school operates in multi-age settings across prep/1, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6 teams. Specialist programs include physical education, creative arts, Japanese, Hall (development play) and learning support for students with individual needs.
The school views families as partners in supporting the educational achievement and wellbeing of students. Engagement of families in the school is an important part of how the school operates.
In 2017 the school Annual Implementation Plan focuses on building practice excellence and empowering students and building school pride. The annual implementation plan is underpinned by the new school philosophy which we adopted at the end 2016.
Moonee Ponds West Philosophy Statement
The social, emotional, physical and academic wellbeing of our students underpins all practices at Moonee Ponds West Primary. A positive self-image is necessary for effective learning to occur. These aspects of the whole child need to be equally nurtured to ensure that students experience success.
Children are at the centre of planning and are unique individuals with a powerful capacity to contribute and learn. MPW is child centred with an emphasis on deep inquiry, critical thinking and creativity. Inquiry through exploration, investigation and play in meaningful experiences provides opportunity to engage and involve children. Through structured and unstructured, teacher and student-led experiences, children construct their understandings of the world.
Learning is a continuum and each child is supported to move along the learning continuum and build on their achievements, ability, interests and knowledge. Children are supported to feel secure to take risks.
All children and their opinions are valued. Learning experiences are planned to challenge bias and stereotypes where respect for the rights of individuals, and an acceptance for difference enable children to participate in society.
All Educational Policies at Moonee Ponds West Primary School will reflect this philosophy statement and encompass Cambourne’s Natural Learning Conditions.
The key improvement strategies are:
- identify, consolidate and embed a whole school pedagogy and learning framework which is articulated by an agreed language and consistent day to day practices
- continue to improve and refine differentiated approaches to teaching and learning – the way the school extends and supports all students’ learning and achievement
- develop strategies to extend higher achieving students and improve performance in the top two bands of NAPLAN
- further develop moderation schedule and practices to ensure that teacher judgments are consistent across all levels
- continue to build the capability of teachers and leaders through development of their capacity to embed in their practice a repertoire of knowledge and skills
- evaluate, review and develop curriculum programs to engage all students in their learning
- further develop the comprehensive, school wide approach for social and emotional wellbeing
- increase opportunities and involvement for student voice and participation in student decision-making and goal setting
- improve communication within the school and between the school and community
- further enhance and build the culture of the school.
Action teams in the areas of Student Wellbeing and Engagement, Inquiry, English, Mathematics and Communication have detailed action plans to implement the Annual Implementation Plan priorities.
How will success be measured?
The action teams will report to School Council on their work. In term three the school commences a self-evaluation process to see how we are tracking. School achievement data and surveys with students, staff and parents are an input into the self-evaluation process. The 2017 School Annual Report will be published in term one 2018, and summarise the work and outcomes of this year.
Watch out for the new maths policy and complaints and concerns policy this term and the Maths Policy in next week's newsletter.
If youwould like more information about the 2017 annual implementation plan and the Annual report they are available on the school website. If you have any questions or feedback please contact myself.