I am indeed privileged to be the Acting Principal of Toolangi Primary School for Term 1 2021. Upon arrival at this unique school at the beginning of term I was met with a beautiful school building and incredible grounds set against the picturesque background of the Toolangi State Forest. The first school event for the term was a ‘Night before BBQ’ where all our wonderful families came together to mark the commencement of the new school year and to enjoy a feast featuring fresh produce from our school’s kitchen garden. The community at Toolangi are warm, welcoming and take enormous pride in their school and community. My welcome to this school has been an extremely pleasurable experience and I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know our students and their families.
The curriculum at our school focuses on the education of the ‘whole child’. Our core business of English and Mathematics is a high priority taught within the Victorian Curriculum and based on the individual educational needs of each student. We have expert teachers who provide an engaging and inclusive curriculum with a focus on sustainability, science and performing arts. Tess, our junior school teacher works with all students to provide an extensive music curriculum based on singing, instruments and performance. Tess’ classroom space is a calm, safe, peaceful environment in which children can feel comfortable to learn and play. An appreciation for the aesthetics is evident in the way Tess uses natural, purposeful fibres and resources with her students as they learn to explore the world around them. This sense of calm is unique and special for children who deserve a safe, nurturing environment in which to learn and grow.
The school science program features our extensive kitchen garden. This program is led by Julia who works interactively with the students to investigate, inquire and create educational experiences in this space. This inquiry approach enables our students to investigate the natural world and to build connections between the way we interact and the impact this has on our environment.
Students at Toolangi also receive a wide range of Physical education experiences both on a local and district level. Andrew, our PE teacher provides an extensive range of sports and skill development for our students. We often buddy up with our network schools to attend combined swimming and athletic carnivals including external events such as Kayaking, orienteering and school camping programs. The school also boasts an Art program led by Sophie who provides students with engaging experiences in creativity and design with a focus on enabling students to demonstrate their personal styles and interests.
The students at Toolangi are kind and caring and extremely supportive of each other. New students to the school are quickly enveloped into their learning groups and social circles. Our students embrace learning and value the sense of school connectedness that is created by staff, families and other students.
Toolangi is indeed a special place and a great environment in which to learn. There are many community events that are scheduled. If you would like to know more, please make contact with us and we would be more than happy to show you our amazing learning environment.