About Us

Principal’s Welcome

On behalf of all staff and school council it gives me great pleasure in welcoming you to Templestowe Heights Primary School. I am extremely proud and honoured to be the new Principal of such an exciting and thriving school community.

Our vision of ‘Inspiring learners for life’ underpins our educational philosophy of developmental learning, where we nurture lifelong learners in an inclusive and collaborative learning environment with a culture of high expectations. We organise our classes in multi age groups as educational research has shown this pedagogical approach to have a high impact on learning outcomes, social development and teaching practice.

At Templestowe Heights Primary School our dedicated and caring teachers are committed to ensuring the learning, social and emotional growth of every child is developed to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. We are a family orientated school where the focus is on the individual child and we offer diverse and dynamic programs that target individual needs, ensuring rich learning experiences where each child can reach their full potential.

We now have brand new state of the art, modern facilities after a two year building program. Our teaching and learning spaces are flexible and all have interactive whiteboards, desktop and netbook computers, iPads and a dedicated bring your own device iPad program for Year 5/6 students. An indoor basketball stadium, commercial kitchen, vegetable garden, three outdoor adventure playgrounds, a synthetic outdoor basketball court and bat tennis area, a multi-purpose room and a passive play area all occupy our spacious grounds.

Our students are motivated learners and we are fortunate to have supportive, committed parents and families that are active participants in their child’s learning journey. We pride ourselves on being a collaborative learning community and we both encourage and provide opportunities to strengthen the home-school partnership.

Students at Templestowe Heights Primary School participate in a wide range of inclusive and engaging curriculum, sporting and recreational programs. The Performing and Visual Arts program is a strong feature of our school environment, which includes ballroom dancing (culminating in a School Ball), School Production (happening this September) and a biannual Art Community Show.

Students have the opportunity of being part of the Junior School Council, Sustainability group, School Choir, camps program, inter-school sport, chess club, after school art classes, and the instrumental music program. Students also participate in Italian lessons with a dedicated Italian language teacher. We have a strong whole-school focus on student wellbeing that includes a cyber-safety program.

We welcome visitors to Templestowe Heights Primary School and have a comprehensive Pre-school to Prep transition program to meet your child’s needs. I encourage you to call to book a group or personal school tour on 9850 1796 to learn more about our wonderful school.

I look forward to meeting you personally.

Rhys Coulson

Principal

School Profile

Templestowe Heights Primary School

Templestowe Heights Primary School maintains a caring, friendly atmosphere where teachers, children and parents work cooperatively to develop their talents, skills and abilities to maximum potential. As of the start of February, we have 330 students enrolled amongst 14 grades. While our numbers are growing, we will never be a large Primary School, and for that reason one of the best aspects of our wonderful school is a strong sense of a community you feel as you walk around.

The Principal together with the School Council provides educational leadership and management that maintain an environment promoting high levels of student participation and achievement.

Experienced, committed staff members have established an environment conducive to the social, emotional and intellectual development of each child. The partnership between school and home is fostered with parents given opportunities to be actively involved and work with staff to develop and implement the school’s broad-based curriculum. Individual differences are catered for, offering access to all and success according to ability and needs.

Students are provided with a wide range of challenging activities within the eight Key Learning Areas, with particular emphasis being placed upon the development of literacy and numeracy. Extra-curricular activities are offered with the performing arts and physical and sport education commanding special focus.

An excellent physical environment has been developed which provides great scope for extending the academic, recreational and sporting skills of students. Community support has supplemented the provision of teaching equipment and general facilities.

Our facilities include:

  • Well appointed and well equipped air conditioned classrooms
  • Multi purpose room
  • ICT equiped classrooms that include an interactive whiteboard, flip and digital camera, desktop and notebook computers
  • Full sized gymnasium used for netball, basketball, volleyball and other indoor sporting activities which are components of the physical and sport education program.
    (This facility is used by the school during the day and by the local community during the evening and the weekends)
  • Three adventure playgrounds
  • A well maintained oval
  • Tiger Turf areas marked out for basketball, bat tennis, rounders and volleyball
  • Out of School Hours Care Program
  • Canteen (online booking for busy families)
  • Commercial Kitchen (Garden to KitchenTable Program) and School Chickens
  • Uniform Supply

The school’s enrolment ensures the provision of educational programs within a flexible structure. This combined with a carefully developed and safe environment presents Templestowe Heights Primary School as a desirable learning setting.

Multi-Age Classrooms

Multiaging Information.

At Templestowe Heights Primary School, we organise our classes into multiage grades teaching to the Australian Curriculum levels.
Teaching a multiage class requires that the teacher’s focus is on the child. Our classrooms are child centred learning environments. All children are taught according to their level of development and their individual needs.

At Templestowe Heights Primary School we understand that all children are individuals who learn at different rates and learn in different ways. Our teaching is underpinned by our philosophy of developmental learning, and that all children at the same grade level are not in fact at the same level in their learning.

CHARACTERISTICS OF OUR CLASSROOMS:

  • A flexible curriculum that meets the needs of all children
  • Children working together in flexible and mixed groups
  • Children are on their own learning path and are not compared to each others
  • Teachers interacting with the students
  • Teachers talking to students in order to understand students’ concepts for use in future learning
  • Continuous assessment of student learning to inform teaching
  • Students helping each other
  • Skills being taught in context when needed
  • Teachers planning in teams to best facilitate learning
  • An emphasis on seeing children as thinkers
  • Opportunities for all children to achieve success
  • High expectations of all members of the class
  • Children assuming leadership and mentoring roles

Vision & Values

Vision

Templestowe Heights Primary School provides an inclusive and collaborative learning environment for students, staff and families, that promotes high expectations for lifelong learners, embracing and contributing to local and global communities.

Values

Templestowe Heights Primary School operates under the following school values:

  • Respect – We value people, property and the environment
  • Persistence – We always try our best and never give up until we have achieved it
  • Courage – We continue to take up the challenge of learning even when things get hard
  • Responsibility – We accept responsibility for our own learning and behaviour and can be relied on to do the right thing

These values are fundamental to the culture of Templestowe Heights Primary School and are the underpinning principles for all school-based activity and decision-making. They provide a framework and whole school language for the development of all relationships within the school – students, teachers, parents and the community.

These values will be prominently displayed in all classrooms and throughout all areas of the school and constantly referred to in all aspects of school life.

The ‘Start Up’ program at the start of the year focuses on introducing the values and related concepts to all children from Prep to Year 6.

Our weekly ‘High Flyer’ Awards presented at our Friday School Assembly promote our school values.

Student Wellbeing

At Templestowe Heights Primary School we strive to provide a positive, safe and secure environment to maximise opportunities for all children. We believe in and promote high standards of behaviour based on cooperation, mutual respect, self-worth, self-discipline and shared responsibility.

Our school is underpinned by the following values:

respect  •  persistence  •  courage  •  responsibility

These values provide a framework and whole school language for the development of all relationships within the school – students, teachers, parents and the wider community.

Our approach to student wellbeing is aimed at minimising the risk factors associated with growing into adolescence. We offer a range of programs and activities to develop self-esteem, self-respect, social skills and general health and wellbeing. These include our Buddies Program, ‘Start Up’ Program, our whole school welfare program ‘You Can Do It’, Special Mixed Aged Days, and our Restorative Practices Approach to students. A comprehensive Drug Education program is also offered with assistance from Life Education.

Templestowe Heights Primary School is also a KidsMatter school. Kidsmatter is a whole school approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeng. It is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion, which promotes:

  • social and emotional learning
  • working with parents, carers and families
  • support for students experiencing mental health issues.

The highly successful Foundation Buddy program starts during Foundation orientation (prior to starting school), and continues throughout the first year of school.

This program gives the foundation student a Year 6 buddy to help form a special bond of friendship, creating a safe environment for the younger children and a leadership role for the older children.

Student Leadership

At Templestowe Heights Primary School we offer all students the opportunity to become leaders. Students are provided with many leadership positions to develop their leadership skills.

The School Captains are selected by both the school students and the staff. The school highly recognizes the value of elected our School Captains who are able to model the preferred leadership attributes and values of the school for other students. School Captains develop an agenda and run our weekly Monday School Assembly and also represent the school at various ceremonies and occasions.

Each grade elects a representative per semester to be on the Junior School Council. They meet regularly to discuss issues related to school. The 2 School Captains help to conduct the meetings and co-ordinate all minutes, letters, agendas, etc.

Environmental leader’s positions are also held for a semester with each grade selecting one representative. These children meet fortnightly to continue to enhance our position as a sustainable school. They plan and implement ground improvements and monitor our levels of waste and energy usage.

2 Art leaders are selected from children from grade 6. These children are involved in the planning and development of our Art Show, actively participate in our Little Picassos program and help to select and award the weekly Art Award at our weekly Monday School Assembly.

Additionally, students in grade 6 can be nominated and subsequently elected to House Captain and Vice House Captain positions. There are four Houses at the school used for House sports, athletics and swimming, and School activities.

  • Blue: Bradman
  • Green: Cuthbert
  • Gold: Goolagong
  • Red: Newcombe

The follow are the leaders at Templestowe Heights Primary School for 2017, future leaders of the community and beyond.

School Captains – Amelia and Oscar

House Captains and Vice Captains – Mo and Amelia (Green), Jade and Jamie (Blue), Amos and Mary-Anne (Gold), Matthew and Starr (Red)

Junior School Councillors –

Foundation D – Rhys,  Foundation W – Oliver,

1/2B – Anicia, 1/2C – Cameron,  1/2D – Marie, 1/2J – Alena, 1/2M – Charlotte,

3/4G – Lachie,  3/4J – Brooke,  3/4S Lara, 3/4T – Or,

5/6H – Shiloh, 5/6M – Charlotte, 5/6N – Kara

Environmental Captains – Ryan and Samantha

Environmental Leaders –

Foundation D – Amelia,  Foundation W – Rose,

1/2B – Anicia, 1/2C – Alex,  1/2D – Ben, 1/2J – Charis, 1/2M – Valia,

3/4G – Owen,  3/4J – Stephanie,  3/4S Isabel, 3/4T – Indigo,

5/6H – Chrystal, 5/6M – Christos, 5/6N – Olivia

Art Captains – Camryn and Hayley

ICT Captains – Alex and Austin

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