Welcome to Park Orchards Primary School, a school where teachers and parents work together to create a stimulating, supportive and successful learning environment for each student. Your child’s future definitely starts here at POPS.
At Park Orchards Primary School we develop highly motivated, inspired and engaged students who are excited about learning and optimistic about their future. We are proud of our high academic achievements and the way we focus on identifying and meeting the educational and interpersonal needs of all our students.
We work in close partnership with our parent community and ensure that everyone is able to contribute to and benefit from a vibrant, stimulating learning environment.
We warmly welcome you to visit our community and see our school in action. Georgina Daniel
The following values are seen as the core of the school and central to how all members of the community interact with each other.
Excellence – strive for your personal best
Respect – demonstrate mutual respect for yourself and others
Integrity – express appreciation and do not put down others
Responsibility– actively participate and you have the right to pass
At Park Orchards Primary School, each child is provided with care and support to develop positive relationships with peers and teachers. We specifically promote our values and ensure all students have a sense of belonging and connectedness. Our students are supported in an environment displaying high and positive expectations with many opportunities for participation, leadership, goal setting, autonomy and development of social and emotional skills. Together we share the responsibility for encouraging our students to take on the school values in every aspect of the school day.
Park Orchards Primary School is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment, where risk of harm is minimised and students feel physically and emotionally secure to reach their full potential. Our school acknowledges that student welfare and student learning outcomes are inextricably linked and that, within our school community, students have a wide range of needs that require additional support.
PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION STRATEGIES THE SCHOOL WILL DEPLOY INCLUDE:
- Defining and teaching school-wide classroom expectations
- Establishing consistent school-wide and classroom expectations
- Establishing school-wide and classroom processes for early identification of students experiencing academic and/or behaviour difficulty
- Providing school-wide and classroom processes for the ongoing collection and use of data for decision-making
- Empowering students by creating multiple opportunities for them to take responsibility and be involved in decision-making
- Providing a physical environment conducive to positive behaviours and effective engagement in learning
- Utilising evidence-based interventions, monitored regularly for those students who face difficulty with learning and/or behavior
Child Safety Statement Commitment
Park Orchards Primary School (POPS) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.
- POPS has zero tolerance for child abuse.
- POPS is committed to providing a child safe environment where children are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
- Every person involved in the POPS community has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
In its planning, decision-making and operations POPS will:
Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
- Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
- Foster a culture of openness that supports all people to safely disclose risks of harm to children;
- Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
- Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
- Engage only suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
- Ensure all children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
- Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
- Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
- Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.
POPS has zero tolerance for child abuse.
POPS is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
Every person involved in POPS has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the well-being and safety of all children and young people are at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
We believe developing responsibility, reliability, organisational skills and confidence are important skills for all students at POPS to acquire.
All year 6 students are able to nominate themselves for School and House Captain roles or Technology, Sustainability, Library, Office and Canteen teams. They meet regularly with our school principal to discuss and brainstorm ideas for our school.
Year 5 students have the important leadership role of being buddies to a foundation student. Their responsibilities include getting to know their buddy, showing their little buddy different areas of the school, encouraging them to develop friendships with other foundation children and modelling positive play ground behaviours and school routines.
Students from years 3- 6 have the opportunity to participate in the Student Representative Council (SRC). The SRC attend lunchtime meetings every second week, help organise fundraisers for our World Vision sponsor child, run ‘Aussie of the Month’ assemblies, set a good example to the rest of the school and collect ideas for school improvement from other students.
Our Learning Community
Park Orchards Primary School is a learning community where students and teachers are actively engaged in high-quality learning and teaching and personal development programs, which develop each person’s ongoing learning and best performance. Teachers, students and parents take responsibility for and work together to achieve the educational and personal development success of all.
“A POSITIVE LEARNING COMMUNITY AT POPS IS INCLUSIVE, INFLUENTIAL AND COLLABORATIVE”
Park Orchards Primary School has excellent facilities which supports student learning needs. The students, teachers and the wider community all enjoy these facilities and therefore take pride in the look and feel of the school. Watch the video below and view some images of our bright, vibrant and inviting school.
PARK ORCHARDS PRIMARY SCHOOL
A Place of Many Achievements
To celebrate over 50 years of education, a publication has been produced titled “A Place of Many Achievements”, this book encapsulates both the story and ethos of the school. The author, Claire Levi, historian and past parent has described the spirit of the school with clarity, empathy and scholarship.
It all began many years ago in 1951 and in 1959 a petition with 71 signatures was presented to the Minister for Education “respectfully requesting the establishment of a Primary School in Park Orchards”. On 14 March 1961 the school doors were opened for the first time on one small block of four classrooms but the official ceremony would not occur for eighteen months.
Park orchards Primary School continues to be focussed on educational improvement and rigor. These improvements have led to its excellent academic reputation and current high levels of student achievement. Students and teachers continue to be interested in learning and challenging themselves to achieve their utmost.
Policies and Procedures
Our policies relate to the day-to-day administration of Park Orchards Primary School.