It is my great honour to welcome you to the naturally beautiful and academically stimulating Warburton Primary School, a small sized school of 48 students, located 70km east of Melbourne. I have taught and led schools in both Primary and Secondary settings for the past 13 years, and it is a pleasure to be part of such a warm and progressive institution.
Warburton Primary School is nestled in the centre of the Warburton township, just off the main road and situated on the banks of the Yarra River between the Dandenong Ranges and Mount Donna Buang. It has a rich and long history, having been established in 1875. The school has been built upon the five foundational pillars of our school values, which are Respect, Bravery, Personal Best, Integrity and Strength. These values are strongly evidenced by positive student behaviour and the achievement of Values Awards.
In addition to an expertly differentiated curriculum, taught within three composite grades, students have the opportunity to be involved in several specialist subjects including Auslan, Physical Education, Art and Music. Furthermore, students are also timetabled into our wildly successful Harvest Cafe kitchen garden program every week, sowing, growing, cooking and eating a wide variety of produce. This program is the heart of our school's ethos of sustainability and a real connection to nature. The state-of-the-art kitchen classroom and adjoining student dining area is a magical place that we are delighted to use so regularly.
I am also proud of the school's Literacy and Numeracy Intervention programs, Tutor Learning Initiative and High Achievers Program (HAP), which work cohesively to cater for all students' learning needs and rates. We encourage and train students to be agents of their own learning, understanding where they are at in the curriculum and setting learning goals to track their progress.
We also have a well-developed partnership between home and school, evidenced by our very high levels of parent participation and involvement.
Thank you for showing an interest in our school and we look forward to welcoming you in for a school tour soon.
Nathan van der Monde
Warburton Primary School