Wantirna South Primary School is located on Tyner Road West in the City of Knox. This is a large residential area in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Our position offers the following advantages;
- located near Swinburne University Outer Eastern campus, local kindergartens, and Wantirna South Reserve,
- proximity to Knox City shopping centre and the community library within walking distance.
The school began operating in 1940 as a result of community action. This sense of involvement has continued and should ensure a prosperous future. The current enrolment is approximately 270 pupils. Our school is known for its caring attitude to all community members. This is exemplified by:
- providing an environment that is safe and secure
- fostering a partnership with parents who are welcome in all aspects of school life
- providing a cooperative environment where students can share the responsibility for their own behaviour and health including the Prep-Year 4 buddy program and the development of students’ own rules and consequences
- developing in students, qualities and life skills such as communication, inquiring minds, problem solving and creativity
- extending pupils to their potential by encouraging, recognising and rewarding achievement and effort
- encouraging academic excellence
- a transition program from pre school or home to school and on to secondary colleges
- provision of an out of school hours and holiday program.
Wantirna South Primary School aims to adhere to the Victorian Teaching Professional Code of Conduct, with a vision of professional practice that:
- ensures students aim to achieve high academic standards.
- commits to engage real-life learning and memorable learning experiences.
- continues to build connectedness and communication with the community.
- responds to, and fosters student voice to ensure continued improvement in teaching, learning and school community decisions.
- builds clear guidelines and direction on curriculum and target expectations.
- fosters excellence in teaching and learning across literacy and numeracy.
- ensures resourcefulness with materials to support all learning across the curriculum.
- engages financial and resource transparency enabling safe and stimulating, modern learning spaces and teaching supports.
- fosters highly engaged students who are critical thinkers for the 21st century.
- values educators and through targeted professional development strives for continuous improvement.
- advocates more sustainable and environmentally friendly options for the future.
- enhances individual success through reflection and feedback practices, individual learning goals, communicated learning intentions, ongoing assessment to monitor and inform teaching and learning, and differentiated teaching practices.
The school encourages all children to reach their potential by providing a variety of curriculum programs to support the core areas of literacy and numeracy. By blending traditional methods of teaching with modern approaches every child is given the opportunity to realise the school’s theme of ‘Learn for Life’ Specialist teachers provide classes in: – The Arts, Physical Education, Music, Reading, special assistance and Enrichment.
To actively support these curriculum areas the following enrichment areas are provided:-
- swimming, tennis coaching, camping, excursions, visiting artists, inter-school sports and Perpetual Motor Program (PMP)
- choir, school production, recorder and instrumental music tuition
- Junior School Council and School Captain Leadership program
- Well-being program incorporating the PAWS program.
- 1:1 iPad Program for Year 6 Students
All curriculum areas are enhanced by a comprehensive multi-media learning technology program. Pupils access world wide data and programs through the Internet via the whole school computer network.
The Wantirna South Primary School grounds consist of a large grassed playing field, basketball/netball courts, junior and senior playgrounds, rebound walls, handball courts, shaded and passive recreation areas. Wantirna South Primary School aims to provide opportunities for each child to reach their potential in a caring environment that lays a strong foundation for life long learning.
In recognition of special achievements the school presents the following: –
- Weekly awards acknowledging classroom excellence
- Aussie of the Month Awards
- Visual Artist, Performing Artist and Sportsperson of the Month Awards
- Graduation ceremony for Year Six pupils
- Sports, English and Maths Graduate Awards for Year Six pupils.
- Aston Shield for the Anita Spence Citizenship Award for Year Six pupils
At Wantirna South PS there are many opportunities for parents to become involved in the school program and help strengthen that home school partnership.
- Membership on School Council or a related sub-committee
- Joining the Parents’ Association who provide fun activities for the children and also fundraise for the school
- Working in the Canteen or Uniform Shop
- Providing assistance in the classroom with small group supervision or listening to reading
- Attending excursions and camps
- Assisting with the PMP Program at Prep level
- Attending Rostered Garden Mornings and working bees
Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund
The Victorian Government has offered funds to support students attend extracurricular events at schools. The extracurricular events that will be supported by the CSEF will include camps, sports events and excursions. You may be wondering, what does this mean for me?
The Government aims to provide:
every Victorian child access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities.
School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum.
Who is eligible?
The Victorian Government advises if you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF.
The allowance will be paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions, or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
The annual CSEF amount per student will be:
$125 for primary school students
$225 for secondary school students.
How do I apply?
Please come into the office to obtain a CSEF application form or download one using the link below.
When do I have to complete the application by?
You should lodge a CSEF application form at the school by the end of Term 2.
What if I have already paid for camps, sports events and excursions this year?
Once the application is lodged with the school and the funding is received, the school will hold the funds for eligible families for camps, excursions and sports events to be held later in the year or into the next calendar year.
For a parent application form, or for further information, please click on the links below:
Plans, Reports & Policies
This document is written after extensive community consultation and outlines the major directions for the school over the next four years.
At Wantirna South Primary School we like to keep our community informed about the policies and guidelines that ensure the school is a safe and healthy environment for all. The policies listed below are provided to support you with the School’s stance on each area, however they are only a few of the many policies available for viewing if you contact the school.
Each year policies are reviewed to ensure the information is current and supports the school to provide the best learning environment for the students.
Education Week at Wasp’s!
This year, Education week will be held on the 19th – 25th May. Here at Wasp’s, we celebrate the strengths and achievements every day but we are giving everyone else to opportunity to come and celebrate with us.
Education Week 2019 is all about celebrating learning, that opens the door to a variety of careers for our students in the future. We will be taking this opportunity to open our doors to everyone, to come along and consider what might be for the future of your children!
The outline of the week will be:
Tuesday May 21st
Come along in the afternoon to experience our Foundations to Year 2 Grandparents Concert (commencing at 2.00pm) followed by a meander through the classrooms to join in some learning with the students. .
Open Night 5:00pm – 6:30pm
You will have the opportunity to tour the school with our student captains and Principal Wayne Macdonald, visiting our classrooms, asking questions and finding out more information about Wasp’s.
Thursday May 23rd
Open Morning 9:00am – 11:00am
There will be tours available with our school Principal, Wayne Macdonald where you will see children working in action, visiting our classroom, asking questions and finding out more information about Wasp’s.
For more information in regards to tours, please contact the office on 9801 1900.
Ye Olde Orchard Fair – Sponsors
Principal: Wayne Macdonald
Business Manager: Lyndall Murnane
Administration Manager: Deb Drake