Newlands Primary School

Newlands Primary School is situated in West Preston opposite the new Coburg Hill development. Our school is proud of the role we play in our community and we take pride in our welcoming atmosphere. At Newlands, students, teachers and parents all actively participate in the learning partnership.

We provide effective learning experiences within a stimulating and challenging environment. Our rich and extensive curriculum gives priority to the mastering of literacy and numeracy and places an emphasis on the global classroom. The life of our students is enriched through an exciting range of creative programs that include: Spanish, Visual and Performing Arts, Art Shows and the School Concert. Student learning is significantly enhanced by substantial access to Information and Communication Technologies with iPads fully integrated into learning areas at all levels.

A healthy lifestyle is encouraged through Physical Education lessons and an active sports program. We have extensive school gardens which include indigenous plantings at the front of the school and a school vegetable garden. Leadership and social skills are developed through the student leadership program, a Buddy Program, Public Speaking and Community Performances.

Newlands Primary School strives to provide all students with a happy and active start to their school years in a secure atmosphere of warmth and creativity. We endeavour to provide a progressive curriculum with traditional values and promote an atmosphere where effort is valued and achievement is recognised.

Meet the Principal

Welcome to the Newlands Primary School’s website. I would hope that visitors and members of our school community find the website useful and informative.

Newlands Primary School has a dedicated staff, supportive parents and community and great students that enjoy all the benefits of a dynamic and high performing school.

Mr Ross Dudgeon

Principal

Our School Values

Care

We care about improving all aspects of our learning.  Our school is a safe and secure learning environment, which celebrates diversity. We care about our world by understanding and taking action.

Creativity

We embrace creativity as a cornerstone of our learning journey, continuously seeking to comprehend and actively participate in the world that surrounds us. We endeavor to make meaningful contributions that uplift both ourselves and our global community.

Curiosity

We develop our strengths and identify opportunities to acquire new knowledge and skills. Our school learns through wondering, questioning, thinking, and inquiring. We are curious about the world we live in.

Responsibility

We ensure we are organised, and are and ready for learning. Our learning community is responsible for everyone’s learning success. We are responsible for our environment, locally and globally.

School Keystones

The Learner

We never stop learning. We need to plan our actions. Through persistence, we strive to understand. Through reflection, we refine our thinking.

The Inquirer

We develop our strengths and identify opportunities to acquire new knowledge and skills. Our school learns through wondering, questioning, thinking, and inquiring. We are curious about the world we live in.

The Communicator

To be an effective communicator we listen to others and prompt for more information, we can succinctly explain and present our thinking and learning.

The Collaborator

To be effective collaborators, we need to concentrate attentively, support each other, contribute to others’ thinking and unite to move forward.

Strategic Planning

Strategic Plan

The strategic plan is the School’s statement to its community about what it stands for and what it intends to do over the next four years to improve student outcomes. It sets out the school’s direction, its goals, targets and key strategies for improvement. The strategic plan is available to the School Community to reflect on the outcomes, celebrate achievements, and identify effective strategies as well as areas for improvement for the next strategic planning period.

Annual Implementation Plan

The annual implementation plan describes how the key improvement strategies in the school’s strategic plan and other significant projects will be put into operation during the year and how they will be monitored. This document is used to plan and communicate the work for the coming year and how this will lead to achieving the identified goals and targets with the school community.

Annual Report

Annual Reports are completed each year by the Department of Education and all education statutory bodies (schools). It is a legislative requirement for all schools to prepare an Annual Report for the School Community.

The Annual Report discusses the school demographic including achievement, engagement, wellbeing and productivity. There is also a performance summary in regards to student outcomes and a financial report.

What’s coming up in 2024?

All events listed below are also in the Sentral for Parents calendar.

Term 1

Monday 29th Jan – Thursday 28th March

Term 2

Monday 15th April – Friday 28th June

Term 3

Monday 15th July – Friday 20th September

Term 4

Monday 7th October – Friday 20th December

Term 1

Week 1 Monday 29th January Curriculum Day

Term 2

Week 2 Friday 26th April, Curriculum Day – Wellbeing

Week 8 Friday 7th June, PPD Day

Term 3

Week 5 Monday 12th August Curriculum Day – Mathematics

Term 4

Week 7 Friday 22nd November Curriculum Day (Assessment and Reporting)

Term 1

Week 7 Monday 11th March Labour Day

Week 9 Friday 29th March Good Friday

Term 2

Week 2 Thursday 25th April ANZAC Day

Week 9 Monday 10th June King’s Birthday

Term 3
Term 4

Week 5 Tuesday 5th November Melbourne Cup

Term 1

Thursday 25th January, 11am – 1pm Book Pack Day

Thursday 25th January, 11am – 1pm Second Hand Uniform Sale

Week 1 Thursday 1st February, 9am – 10am Parent Session – Cyber Safety with Sargent Andy Morten

Week 5 Friday 1st March Class Information Session/ Meet and Greet, 2.30 – 3.30

Week 7 – 8 Wed 13th March – Monday 25th March NAPLAN

Week 8 Monday 18th March School Photos

Week 8 Friday 22nd March Ride 2 School Day

Week 9 Students’ Specialist Day Parent Teacher Interviews

Week 9 Thursday 28th March Cultural Celebration 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Week 9 Thursday 28th March Spanish Fiesta 3pm – 7pm

Term 2

Week 5 Friday 17th May Open Learning, 3.00 – 3.30pm

Week 11 Students’ Specialist Day Parent Teacher Interviews

Week 11 Friday 28th June Cultural Celebration, 1.30 – 2.30

Term 3

Week 3 Friday 2nd August Athletics Carnival

Week 3 Friday 2nd August Foundation 100 Days of School

Week 5 Friday 16th August Open Learning, 3.00 – 3.30pm

Week 6 Friday 23rd August Book Week Parade, 2.30 – 3.30

Week 8 Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th September School Production, Evening, 7pm – 9pm

Week 10 Students’ Specialist Day Parent Teacher Interviews

Week 10 Friday 20th September Cultural Celebration, 1.30 – 2.30

Term 4

Week 2 Thursday 17th October Year 1/2 Sleepover

Week 3 Friday 24th October Foundation Activity Evening

Week 4 Monday 28th October – Tuesday 29th October 3/4 Camp TBC

Week 4 Tuesday 29th October – Thursday 31st October 56 Camp

Week 4 Friday 1st November – Day of the Dead Incursion, Day of the Dead Celebration, 2.30 – 3.30

Week 5 Friday 8th November – Open Learning, 3.00 – 3.30pm

Week 9 – 10 Monday 2nd December – Friday 13th December – Whole School Swimming Program

Week 10 Tuesday 10th December – Whole School Transition, 9am – 11am

Week 11 Students’ Specialist Day Parent Teacher Interviews

Week 11 Friday 20th December Cultural Celebration, 12.30 – 1.30

Term 1

Week 6 Friday 8th March International Women’s Day

Term 2

Week 2 Education Week

Week 4 Friday 10th May Mother’s Day

Week 5 Friday 17th May IDAHOBIT

Week 6 Friday 24th May Sorry Day

Week 6 Monday 27th – Friday 31st May Reconciliation Week

Term 3

Week 1 Mon 15th July – Fri 19th July NAIDOC Week

Week 2 Friday 26th July Paris Olympics

Week 5 Mon 12th August – Friday 16th August Science Week

Week 7 Friday 30th August Wear it Purple Day

Week 7 Friday 30th August Father’s Day

Term 4

Week 3 Friday 25th October Teacher’s Day

Week 3 Friday 25th October Grandparent’s Day

Week 4 Friday 1st November Day of the Dead

Week 6 Wednesday 13th November – Tuesday 19th November Transgender Awareness Week

Term 1

Pre-Term 1 Thursday 25th January Book Pack Day / New buildings Walk Through

Week 4 Sunday 25th February Working Bee

Week 5 Friday 1st March Welcome Picnic, Evening 4pm – 6pm

Week 9 Thursday 28th March Spanish Fiesta 3pm – 7pm

Term 2

Week 5 Friday 17th May Movie Night

Term 3

Week 5 Friday 16th August Parent Social Night

Term 4

Policies

 

Newlands Primary School welcomes community feedback on our school policies. If you would like to contribute any thoughts or suggestions regarding any of our policies, please email the school at newlands.ps@education.vic.gov.au.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Policy Review Date Approval / Consultation
Aboriginal Learning Action Plan 2022 Principal
Administration of Medication2025 Principal
Anaphylaxis Management 2023 Principal
Asthma Management 2023 Principal
Attendance 2025 Principal/School Council
Bullying Prevention 2024 School Council
Camps and Excursions 2025 Principal/School Council
Cash Handling 2023 School Council
Child Safe Standards 2024 Principal/School Council
Child Safety Code of Conduct 2024 Principal/School Council
Child Safety and Wellbeing 2024 Principal/School Council
Child Safety Responding and Reporting Obligations 2024 Principal/School Council
Child Safe Standards 2023 Principal
Child Safety Risk Register 2023 Principal
Class Placement 2026 Principal
Communication with Staff 2026 Principal
Complaints 2024 Principal/School Council
Curriculum Framework 2026 Principal
Digital Learning 2024 Principal/School Council
Dogs at School 2026 Principal
Duty of Care2024 Principal
Electronic Funds Managament2023 School Council
Enrolment2026 Principal
Equal Opportunity2024 DET Policy
First Aid2026 Principal
Fundraising2026 School Council
Head Lice2026 DET Policy
Health Care Needs2026 Principal
Inclusion and Diversity2026 Principal/School Council
Mobile Phones2026 Principal
Parent Payments2023 School Council
DET Payment 2023 Principal
Personal Property2026 Principal
Petty Cash2024 School Council
Photographing Filming and Recording Students2024 Principal
School Purchasing Card2023 School Council
Statement of Values and School Philosophy2026 School Council
Student Wellbeing and Engagement2024 Principal/School Council
Sunsmart2024 School Council
Visitors2023 Principal/School Council
Volunteers2023 Principal/School Council
Working with Children Clearance2025 Principal/School Council
Yard Duty and Supervision2024 Principal