Briagolong Primary School was established in 1875 when the town of Briagolong came into being.
Our school has shown a steady pattern of growth over the recent past, with student enrollment figures increasing significantly. The school’s facilities have also been upgraded in the past few years with the addition of three new classrooms, a library and office areas. New playground equipment and the redevelopment of the amphitheater has ensured the school’s facilities are maintained to a high standard.
The staffing profile combines a range of experienced teachers with some graduates and accomplished teachers. The school’s succession plan has resulted in the employment of younger teachers at the school whilst still maintaining a good experience balance. The school also employs four education support staff to assist children with additional needs.
The school’s reputation is continuing to grow with more local students enrolled, as well as students from outside of the immediate catchment area transitioning to our school.
Community involvement has grown over the past three years, with the school linking to specific groups and the wider community in general through activities organised by the school.
The end of term has come by very quickly and marks off eight weeks since I have been at Briagolong PS. I have felt very welcomed during this time and am able to remember all the students’ names and some of the parents. I feel that I have had great support from parents and really look forward to working together for the benefit of our students.
Next term, we will begin explicitly teaching values across the school. Our staff want to focus on this area to develop these skills in our students. Parents can provide support at home by talking to their child about what they have learnt and understand about each value we cover. Teachers will also be looking for examples of students displaying each value to help reinforce the concepts being taught.
This week, our students will be participating in an athletics program, where they will learn the correct techniques for each of the events. There will also be a house reward activity on Thursday for the students in Blue Pool, who gained the most house points for term 3.
I am looking forward to having a break over the holidays before returning ready to tackle the challenges that come my way in term 4. I hope all of our staff and students enjoy their break as well and I look forward to seeing you again from the 5th October.
Miss Dessent: Zhara for excellent work in identifying her sounds and magic words.
Mrs Minga: Ashley for cooperation during all group activities.
Mrs Davidson: Makkede for working cooperatively with her group to produce an interesting information report.
Ms Beesley: Travis for being a great leader in our classroom and beginning to take responsibility for his learning.
Mr McMaster: Riley for the courage she displayed in sharing her feelings with the class during her research project presentation.
Our curriculum follows Aus Vels (The Australian Curriculum in Victoria), with an emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy.
- 2 Hour Literacy sessions every morning in every classroom.
- The highly successful Soundwaves program across the whole school.
- VCOP – Big Write All students from Grade 2 through to Grade 6 are actively involved in VCOP Big Write which is a program used for raising the standards in writing. Based on the premise that ‘if students can’t say it, they can’t write it’. Teachers scaffold the learning to allow children to become articulate thinkers and speakers, who will then become articulate writers.
- Daily 5 CAFÉ approach - Students work independently on reading and writing activities and have the opportunity to work in whole class or small group conferencing with their teacher.
- Daily 1 hour Mathematics sessions with a key focus on essential number concepts.
- The school has an investigative approach to learning based on Kath Walker's developmental curriculum. Commencing in prep and ensuring a smooth transition from kindergarten to school. Inquiry based units of study cover key areas such as science, history, geography and technology.
- Key environmental focus that links in with our beautiful surrounds and close proximity to the Alpine National Park.
- Computer / Student ratios of 1:3 with all computers accessing high speed internet access, e-mail and numerous software programs to enhance students ICT skills.
- Ongoing student assessment and computerised tracking that provides instant and accurate monitoring of student progression.
- Specialist teachers cover The Arts, Music, Physical Education, Mandarin, Cooking and Gardening program which reflect the priorities and interests in our local community.
- Year 6 students all take part in our Leadership Program which involves two camps, carrying out roles within the school and also producing the town newspaper the "Redgum Review".
Students participate in Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics events. From Grade 3 students have the opportunity to compete at a district level and beyond.