Toolangi Primary school provides a high quality, comprehensive and innovative curriculum with our major focii on literacy, numeracy, music, horticulture and the development of an inquiring mind and a love of learning .
We have an extensive incursion and excursion program and participate in a camping program through its involvement with surrounding small schools.
Our school kitchen garden is well established and provides learning opportunities across the curriculum.
The school’s music program is acknowledged as a highlight providing opportunities for children to sing and perform at school as well as public venues and will be further enhanced through the allocation of resources in the future.
We provide a safe, supportive and effective environment with small class sizes maximising learning outcomes for all students and catering for individual needs. The school staff place high importance on continual improvement and professional development to ensure teaching and learning practices are of the highest quality and reflect best practice.
Our school is a community of learners in which children, teachers and families work cooperatively to encourage individual growth and success in a changing world. The school community values:
- the empowerment all students to be successful
- the recognition of different intelligences, learning styles, needs and strengths.
- the importance of challenging students and expanding a joy of learning.
Integrated curricula and thematic approaches stress cooperation, active participation and experimentation. Children are given the responsibility for learning independently, solving problems and making decisions. They are encouraged to take risks and are acknowledged for their unique talents, skills and ideas. Quality learning is about quality teaching and great role modelling – the students and teachers respect and care for each other.
Principal , Senior class (Grades 3-6)
Classroom teacher Junior class (Grades F, 1 and 2), Music program
Support teacher – (part time) shared between classes
Specialist teachers and support staff include
- Horticulture and kitchen garden
- Physical Education
- Japanese language
- Private music lessons (piano),
- Business Manager
Toolangi Primary School has enjoyed a high degree of leadership and teaching stability over a number of years with members of staff sharing a clear vision and direction for the school. There are high expectations for all students and a feeling among staff that they have the capacity to make a difference for the students they teach. The school ensures an orderly learning environment where students are well known – appropriate behavior in the learning environment is established through positive means, there is teacher consistency about how it is ‘enforced’ and all students are known well by the adults in the school.
Our school curriculum is guided by the learning outcomes described in the Victorian Curriculum – a state wide curriculum for all Department of Education and Training Schools to align with. Teachers use their knowledge of the curriculum to plan units of learning that align with our school’s context. Specialist teachers are informed of classroom programs to ensure they complement and enhance classroom work units.
Our love of music and horticulture
Over recent years there has been significant emphasis and growth in two aspects of our curriculum –
Music and Horticulture. Both these programs are particularly successful in supporting student choice as well as empowering and engaging our children in locally determined specialisations which reflect our community priorities.
Our junior class teacher had established a stimulating and developmental music program for her class – to extend this across the school and to the community, extra timetabling and resources were provided.
A local person with experience in horticulture as well as culinary skills was employed to develop the Kitchen – Garden project. All children participate in the program in small groups.
School or community functions and events highlighting the children’s engagement in these programs have been extremely well attended by families and the wider community which is a real testament to the success of both. Functions have included Lantern Walks, Harvest festivals, Nursing home visits and school luncheons which have all received complements.