Principal’s Message

        Welcome to Donvale Primary School where our students thrive in an environment of collective pride and achievement. Donvale provides an enriching education that commences with Foundation (Prep) and moves through to Year 6. As a ‘KidsMatter’ School, we ensure a secure, emotionally safe,  and welcoming environment for all our students. Children are engaged and challenged in wonderfully bright and stimulating learning areas with classes led by a team of teaching professionals.

The school currently has an enrolment of around 255 students. Students are organised in Foundation, Year 1 / 2, Year 3 / 4 and Year 5 / 6 classrooms. Each area of the school is overseen by a team leader and teachers work in small teams to plan and implement curriculum.  Our classrooms and teaching spaces are modern, large and extremely well equipped and resourced. We have dedicated rooms to support our expanding curriculum. Our newest building houses the Year 5 / 6 classrooms and  extensive learning and meeting spaces. This new building has become a very popular addition to our school community with many school events such as Assemblies and Music performances being regularly held there. We invite all our parents to attend such events. Our students have a vast area in which to play, with many playgrounds, open area, passive sitting areas and shaded spaces for students to enjoy.

Providing the best learning opportunities for each and every student

Donvale is a school dedicated to providing the best learning opportunities for each and every student. School Council, Parent’s Association and Staff are committed to providing the environment and resources that will empower all of our students with the skills and social competencies that will enable them to flourish as they grow up in this new century. We are committed to continuing the school’s tradition of providing excellence for all. We offer a curriculum that is both innovative and comprehensive. Our focus on high achievement  is unrelenting. We hold the expectation that all our students will achieve high levels of  Literacy and Numeracy upon completion of  their educational journey with us.

There is a commitment to an integrated curriculum approach through inquiry learning. We acknowledge and cater for different rates and styles of learning. The development of higher order thinking skills, risk taking, adaptability, cooperation and sound communication techniques are fostered.  The core Literacy and Numeracy curriculum is complemented with a very active specialist program where students experience learning within the Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Language other than English (Mandarin) and Physical Education areas. Experienced staff run engaging programs in each area and also offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities for our students. Additional program areas include sport (swimming, gymnastics, team competition); camps and excursions; cultural activities; music and performance (whole school concert, choirs, bands, instrumental tuition); Values program; Peer Mediation; and level support.

In 2015, the school introduced a Chaplaincy / Student Wellbeing Program where an experience Chaplain has been employed to the school working two days per week. The Chaplain / Wellbeing Officer supports our students and families in all levels of emotional and social wellbeing.

I encourage you to view the video via the following link:      http://inspirechaplaincy.org.au/testimonials/     where our school features as a supporter of Chaplaincy Programs in Schools.

The Mandarin Language Program is now an established area of our curriculum. Each child from Foundation to Year 6 has the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the language and their understanding of the Asian culture – all celebrated with our annual ‘Asian Cultural Day’. Our inclusion of the Mandarin language into our curriculum strongly aligns with the new Victorian Curriculum’s  Asian cross curriculum priorities and the Australian Governments expectation that all students are to have the opportunity to learn an Asian language.

The ongoing development of children with strong abilities is actively managed within the classroom with the inclusion of programs that provide opportunities for challenge and extension.  Additional opportunities are also available through the ‘‘Gateway’ development program.

Innovative approaches to teaching and learning

Donvale Primary School has access to innovative approaches to teaching and learning. We have implemented a 1:1 iPad and BYOID (Bring your own i device) program where our Year 5 & 6 students  access iPad technology as part of their daily learning environment. In 2014, we introduced the BYOID program to the 3 / 4 area and iPads are accessed by all our students across the school in their learning. Our classrooms also have access to a range of ICT equipment to enhance learning, including interactive whiteboards, notebook and desktop computers.  A fully equipped computer lab is also a feature of our ICT program across the whole school.

We encourage all parents and guardians to take an active role in the education of their child. Our staff welcome parent involvement in the classroom and on a range of school activities, including excursions. Parents and guardians can assist in their child’s learning and success at school by reinforcing the following: that students are at school every day, on time, in full school uniform and have all of the equipment required for a successful school day (including a healthy lunch!). If at any time you require assistance, or would like to chat about your child’s progress at school, please make inititial contact with your child’s teacher, who will then refer you to other support staff if necessary.

I would like to invite all who would like to visit our school to contact me to arrange a time for a personal tour. I would appreciate the opportunity to show you our wonderful school.

Thank you for visiting our website and welcome to our school.

Lena Clark

Principal

clark.lena.e@edumail.vic.gov.au