Welcome to Wahgunyah Primary School and thanks for taking the time to have a look around this website. Wahgunyah Primary School is a small school located in the township of Wahgunyah, nestled on the banks of the Murray River in the wine growing region of North-East Victoria. It is a beautiful place to live and in close proximity to the regional cities of Albury, Wodonga and Wangaratta. Wahgunyah Primary School has an enrolment of 78 students which consists of 4 classrooms, all housed in our BER building.
A few years ago we started out on our journey to become a 'KidsMatter' school; a school that values and includes all people. 2017 sees us continuing this journey to establish a postivite learning community. At Wahgunyah PS, our aim is to establish:
- A school community that promotes mental health and wellbeing
- Respectful relationships, belonging and inclusion
- Effective social and emotional learning curriculum for all students
- Opportunities for students to practice and transfer their social and emotional skills
- Collaborative working relationships with parents and carers
- Support for parenting
- Parent and carer support networks
- Understanding mental health difficulties and improving help-seeking
- Responding to students experiencing mental health difficulties.
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We are passionate about what we do at Wahgunyah Primary. Through hard work we have created an environment where students are valued as individuals. What can we offer your child?
Small Class Sizes – Ensuring every child gets the support they need through lots of one-on-one time with the teacher. This helps to build and maintain positive relationships between student and teacher – so important for 21st century learners.
Modern Facilities and Equipment - Our school is extremely well resourced which enables us to provide a 1:2 ratio of iPads and laptops for all students. We also have more sports equipment than you can poke a stick at and two all-weather synthetic fields to play on.
A Family Friendly Environment- In a small community, the school is such an important aspect. Wahgunyah Primary School has an open door policy. We always welcome parent participation and inclusion. This extends from our whole-school open mornings and celebration nights to our sporting carnivals and other extra-curricular events like the annual ride to Rutherglen. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is valued.
A focus on Wellbeing – We have a full-time Wellbeing Coordinator who works closely with families and provides many programs such as yoga, drum therapy and a breakfast club to support our students.
Specialist Lessons - Our students have access to wide variety of specialist teachers including Art, French, Science, Sport and Technology/Coding.
We are proud of our school. If you would like more information please feel free to call me for more information or to arrange a personal tourl. On behalf of our staff I look forward to welcoming you and your family to our community.
A Whole School Approach
Being a small school, we are very lucky to be able to work extremely closely together as a whole staff. This allows almost everything we do at WPS to be done as a whole school. This is vitally important to provide consistency accross all levels regarding our expectations and values.
Bullying, No Way!
We work really hard at our school to ensure that address any signs of bullying straight away. Our true aim is to prevent bullying from happening in the first place. This is achieved through actively teaching our school values and ingraining them in everything we do. We are extremely pleased with how our approach to eliminating bullying is going. Students will always experience conflict (different to bullying) and during these moments we can teach them about bouncing back and managing emotions.
At our school we want everyone to be their best, show respect and feel like they belong. Being your best has nothing to do with being the smartest or strongest. It has everything to do with working hard, persisting and realising your potential. We want all of our students to succeed and leave school feeling good about themselves as learners.
Respect is a two-way street. We demand respect from our students because we respect them. We also demand that students respect each other. This includes having good manners and taking pride in the physical presentation of our school.
Belonging. Our school is a community, and as such, we expect everyone to work together to make the school a better place. We want our kids to have a sense of humour and know how to laugh at themselves. We want our kids to learn the skills of getting along with all types of people. We want them to be able to read, write, and be numerate. We set high expectations for their behaviour and academic achievement. But we also think that school should be fun.
Stand on Your Own Two Feet
We want our kids to be resilient and independent. We support them but don’t do everything for them. We’re not afraid to comfort children who need it, but we’re also not afraid to say ‘it’s okay, you’ll get over it.’ We do this with confidence because we take the time to get to know individual students. Knowing students means knowing when to protect and when to push.
We believe in healthy living. This includes a daily fitness program all year round, and regular physical education. This includes a daily fitness program throughout the year, and regular physical education. We actively teach our students about mindfulness and understanding their feelings. Classes participate in relaxation activities designed to reset their bodies and minds for learning after break periods. A strong focus is our teaching of social and emotional learning, conducted by all classes.The children are expected to take an active involvement in keeping the school clean. This includes having classroom jobs but also working in the school’s vegetable patch.
Our school buildings and grounds are a real reflection of our educational approach: a mixture of old and new. At the end of 2012 we moved into a new, purpose built building which houses our four classrooms. Our new building is designed with today's learners in mind. It's light, open, and fosters a real sense of teamwork, collaboration and community. A central learning and resource area also serves the classrooms as a library and provides flexibility for small group work and whole school assemlbies. When people visit our school they speak about the quiet hum throughout the school. While we value being quiet, we also appreciate the need for students to be noisy and interact with each other. In the real world, this noise is called 'communication' and 'collaboration', both of which are important skills for children to learn to help them to prepare for their jobs in the future (many of which haven't even been invented yet).
The school has well kept grounds. Significant funds have been spent on establishing all-weather and multi-purpose playing fields, as well as attractive and challenging play equipment. We want our students to be active in the playground and providing adequate facilities is a necessity. There is little to no rubbish in the yard, again a reflection of the pride the staff and students have in our school.
Wellbeing, behaviour management, discipline, call it what you will. Our approach is relatively straight forward: if a child doesn't know how to read, we teach them. If a child doesn't know how to count, we teach them. If a child doesn't know how to behave, we teach them. Children come to school from all kinds of backgrounds. We see it as our job to set really clear expectations about behaviour, and then go about explicitly teaching these skills to all students. This way, everyone knows what is expected of them and how to achieve it. This is not to say that there are no consequences for poor behaviour. There are. We keep children in, send letters home, remove priviledges and have detention, because in the end, some behaviours can never be tolerated. Our aim, however, is to always work with the child and their family to improve their behaviour because, ultimately, we are working with children (not criminals) and we see it as our job to help them become upstanding citizens in our community.
Demonstrating the importance we place on wellbeing, we employ a full time Wellbeing Co-ordinator who works with staff, students and families to cultivate a positive and proactive culture. This includes providing parenting programs and connecting families with other services and support in the community.
Parent and Carer Involvement
We know that parents and carers have so much to offer our school and that research shows that children who have parents who are actively involved with their school community will not only be more engaged but will learn more.
We have a very active and inclusive School Council who have helped shape the school in to what it is today. We also have a terrific Parent Group who organise all kinds of fundraisers and fun activities for the kids. We also have a number of parents who are active in helping teachers in the classrooms and at special events such as our fantastic swimming and athletics carnivals.
If you want to help in the classrooms, the best people to talk to are the teachers - they'll put you to good use. If the main reason you want to help in the classroom is to spend time with your child, however, you're going to be sorely disappointed. Having an extra pair of hands in the classroom is too good an opportunity to pass up and the teacher will most likely give you a task that desperately needs doing. This might range from listening to children read, to typing up stories on the computer, to cutting and laminating resources. The payoff for you is knowing that you are making a worthwhile and much needed contribution to your child's school.
Finding the right school for your child is important. We encourage you to look at all of the education options in the local area and choose the one which best meets the needs of your child. If you would like to learn more about our school then we strongly encourage you to request an enrolment pack and make an appointment for a one-on-one chat with the Principal and a guided tour. Please phone 02 60331265.
John Foord came to Wahgunyah in 1839 and assisted men to settle in the district. They farmed the land and brought up their families here. John Foord hired a tutor to teach his and the settlers' children at his house. John Foord later gave a parcel of land, in the vicinity of McDonnell and Victoria streets, to the people of Wahgunyah for the site of the first school. It was built in 1857 and was known as the Wahgunyah National School.
The school first received the number 644 in 1863 under the newley established Board of Educations Common School System.
In 1878 a new school building was erected on the current site and still stands today. In 2011 works were completed on an additional school building which now houses the four classrooms. Extensive works were also completed on the playing surfaces.