Whitfield District Primary School is a small rural school located in the beautiful King Valley. The school is a focal point and resource for our rural community. School facilities are of a very high standard; this includes a library, performance space, art room and OSH program. With the addition of more laptops and iPads, we have a great ratio of students to computers, with interactive whiteboards in all classrooms. Sustainability is a focus with our school being self-sufficient in both water and power. The school has magnificent grounds including large vegetable garden, fruit trees, chook shed, oval, undercover & open sports area, with Jessie's Creek bounding half the school, which provides an abundance of authentic learning activities. The school is currently staffed by three full-time highly experienced teachers. Italian, Library and Art are supported by visiting teachers. The school has a fantastic music program for all students as well as private instrumental lessons in 5 disciplines are offered at the school. We also have Office manager (0.4) & educational support (0.25) assist our students and programs. The school derives value adding from its active participation in The King Valley Cluster of schools. Cluster initiatives include the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen & Garden program, a shared Italian teacher, a range of sporting activities including Personal Best athletic sports, cultural days and professional learning initiatives, as well as a number of camps. The cluster of schools work together to support each other to deliver the best possible teaching and learning programs in each of our unique rural communities. The school was established in 1875 and many of the families have historic links with the school. The school is the focal point of much community activity.
‘Exceptional Educational Experiences’ To provide a caring, stimulating and safe environment which guides students toward their full potential, in a dynamic learning environment. The school has particular emphasis placed on the importance of English and Mathematics. To use an integrated approach to providing authentic learning experiences across all domains of the AusVELS. To provide a comprehensive and inclusive curriculum including; Daily physical activity, Italian language and music program. To deliver extra-curricular activities such as camps and excursions which are available to all students. The school provides many student directed activities and opportunities. We strive to give every student a ‘voice’ in the school, as well as provide them with responsibility and leadership opportunities throughout their schooling. To run an extended transition into and out of the school, which supports students and strengthen theirs and their families’ connections to our school community. To proactively encourage parent and community involvement in our school to enhance student learning and connectedness.
The values which form the basis of the actions of the Whitfield School community are:
• Recognising and accepting the differences in ability, race, age, religion and beliefs of others.
• For our environment.
• Developing and acquiring knowledge, skills, values and attitudes focusing on our personal best at all times.
• Awareness and development of personal goals, both academically and socially.
• Learning together to achieve the best possible outcomes for all.
• Truthfulness and open communication in everything we do.
• Developing and practicing good communication and social skills.
The school has excellent programs and facilities for its present enrolment. Currently it makes use of three classrooms in the main building, a performance room, library and a community built Art facility. The school has become an integral part of the community with links formed with civic groups and businesses. The school operates an Outside School Hours Care service after each school day and a Vacation Care program during the holidays. Community use of the buildings and equipment and partnerships with organisations and community agencies is encourage, and the school offers access to photocopying and laminating to community members at a per page fee (price depends on B&W or colour and paper size). The school presents many ‘real life’ learning opportunities for our students, through camps, excursions and student led projects.