Toorak Primary School offers a comprehensive, innovative and flexible syllabus based on the Victorian Curriculum. Programs are structured to ensure that every child has access to quality literacy and numeracy programs which are supported by parent and community volunteer involvement in classroom activities and training programs. Where possible, single grade levels operate throughout the school. Six specialist classes being French, Physical Education, Music, Visual and Performing Arts, Library and Digital Literacy are offered throughout the year. Innovative programs on offer include a sailing program at The Boatshed on Albert Park Lake, and an interschool snow sports program at Mt Bulla. The recently developed Community Garden has proven to be an outstanding addition to our integrated curriculum, with grade levels incorporating this resource into inquiry based units of work around the central concepts of sustainability.
The well-equipped multi media centre is a focal point for future learning and instrumental in the implementation of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. Toorak Primary School places great importance on the integration of ICT into all curriculum areas, with fully networked computer facilities and interactive electronic whiteboards, iPad and televisions in every classroom ensuring that students have the opportunity to work with current technology. Netbook computers are available for all students’ use. A weekly news broadcast is produced by media students and readily accessed by all classes and the school community.
The school draws on highly acclaimed paraprofessionals from the community to support teaching and learning. The school, whose motto is ‘community commitment to quality education’, aims to provide a dynamic learning environment that engages and inspires students to achieve their personal best in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation. More specifically, it endeavors to expand each child’s talents, providing opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for lifelong learning. The core school values of Tolerance, Persistence and Success form the basis of Toorak Primary School’s culture.
As part of the Performing Arts Program, a whole school production is staged every second year with the involvement of both the school and wider communities. The Performing Arts are well catered for, with a specialist music program being delivered to all classes. In 2017, all students will be provided with the opportunity to perform in staging Peter Pan. Tuition is available in a variety of instruments throughout the school week.
Staff members are encouraged and supported to plan and work collaboratively to improve student outcomes and cater for different learning needs. The school believes in a strong partnership between students, parents and staff which is evident through the strong sense of enthusiasm, energy and excitement that exists throughout the school community.
Our outstanding facilities have continued to improve with the recent addition of two new double storey buildings which are necessary to accommodate increasing student enrolments.
Parental involvement and participation in the educative process can take many forms, ranging from helping at working bees through to involvement on Parents Group and School Council. This is a vital part of education at Toorak Primary School. Parental involvement enables many educational activities to be undertaken that would otherwise be out of the reach of the school. In addition, parents have the opportunity to establish new friendships where the school can become a valued part of social life in the community.
We pride ourselves on the open and friendly community atmosphere at Toorak Primary School. I look forward to a rewarding association with our school and wider community.