· Respect- We accept differences will exist but we will treat each other and our environment respectfully
· Teamwork- We will work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for everyone
· Courage -We will have the courage to take calculated risks and embrace change.
· Responsibility -We will accept that it is our responsibility to have high expectations of ourselves and our students
· Honesty- We will have truthful and honest communication
Wangaratta West Primary School has high expectations of all our students and expect excellent social and learning behaviours.
Our vibrant, dedicated and highly competent staff create wonderful classroom learning environments with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy. We focus on differentiating the curriculum to suit the needs of each and every learner.
Specialist programs include dynamic music education, creative arts, Italian and Physical Education programs to stimulate and engage our students and compliment the core areas of literacy and numeracy.
Our values of respect and tolerance are at the core of all of our dealings with each other and the wider community. We are committed to providing our students with strategies to sort out problems and articulate effectively. We believe that reporting problems or issues in our school community is everyone’s responsibility. If we are made aware of an issue we deal quickly and effectively.
Wangaratta West Primary School 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 Wangaratta West Primary School 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 and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
Our focus this year at Wangaratta West is to create beautiful artwork both independently and with others.
During the year our young artists will be presented with a balanced program based on creatively exploring and developing skills in the areas of Painting, Modelling, Textiles, Drawing, Printmaking, Collage and Construction and Mixed Media.
Our beautiful learning space has been set up as a studio. We foster independence and confidence in the students by storing materials in labelled boxes for easy access.
As well as exploration and creativity the emphasis of the program is on independence and collaboration. Students are encouraged to look after all materials by replacing them in good condition and to help set up for the next class.
Students’ artwork is celebrated and displayed in both the art room, classrooms and shared spaces. We try to achieve a balance between displaying the student artwork and sending it home to share with family and friends.
Older students are also involved in presentation of their own artwork by both mounting it for display and deciding how and where to display it.
I invite all families to visit the art room and enjoy the displays throughout the year.
At Wangaratta West Primary School students engage in a range of activities during weekly Physical Education lessons. Learning involves participation in progressive skill building tasks to enable students to master the Fundamental Motor Skills and Movement Patterns, as well as building on general co-ordination and fitness. Participation in a variety of Minor Games and Major Games encourages student to learn about fair play, sportsmanship, working as a team and following rules. A focus on athletics events in Term three builds student’s knowledge and skill base to try their best at our School Athletics Sports days. Students also have the opportunity to participate in specialist sports clinics when sporting bodies visit our school from time to time. School Sport provides an avenue for students to participate in school sports teams, individual events such as the Cross Country and also attend trials for State Teams. In recent years several Wangaratta West students have been successful in qualifying and competing at Regional and State level. Our Philosophy around Physical Education is centred on enabling students to build the self-confidence and resilience to do their best and take opportunities to participate in sport or physical activity at school, home and in the local community.
The music program at Wangaratta West is rich and vibrant. The varied and extensive program highlights the status music holds in the school, and the value placed on it by our school community. Each class receives an hour music lesson each week, and this is complimented by extension programs including choir, percussion and African drumming.
Choir: The school runs two choir programs; Middle School Choir for Grade 3-4 students and Senior Choir for Grade 5-6 students. Any students who love to sing are encouraged to join the school choirs. The choirs perform at school assemblies, nursing homes and retirement villages, and compete at the Albury-Wodonga Eisteddfod. We always finish the year with a Christmas Carol tour of the local nursing homes.
Percussion: The school runs two percussion groups for students in Grade 5 and 6. These groups play various percussion instruments including, marimba, concert xylophone, glockenspiel and world drums. The percussion groups regularly perform at school assemblies, and at the annual school recital and production.
African Drumming: African drumming and drum circle work are a fundamental component of the general music program where all students are given the opportunity to play the djembes and learn basic drumming skills. The drumming program highlights the exceptional skills of some students through their involvement in WEST BEAT, the school’s senior drumming group, and the development program for younger students. They play traditional African instruments and rhythm pieces. The group performs extensively in the local community and runs workshops and drum circles for local kindergartens, nursing homes and retirement villages, universities and local charity organisations.
Heart Beat: Heart Beat is a community partnership program between WEST BEAT, Northeast Health and the Northeast Neuro Support Group. This program involves our students working with adults who have suffered a stroke or brain injury. The Heart Beat program is a vital component of WEST BEAT’s positive participation and contribution to our local community. The group has performed at regional and international conferences on Neuro-rehabilitation, and presented to Occupational Therapy students at Charles Sturt University. This program is now highly regarded in Neuro-rehabilitation settings.
At our school students study Italian from Prep to Year 6 for one hour each week. Our program incorporates reading, writing, listening to and speaking the Italian language within lessons that incorporate singing songs, playing games, acting out short skits and completing fun activities. Our Italian program at Wangaratta West Primary School demonstrates our commitment to providing all students with a greater awareness of the world around them.
Blake Little - School Captain
Kelly Winter - School Captain
Campbell Timms - Vice Captain
Amy Kurjan - Vice Captain