Numurkah Primary School community aims to support our students to become motivated and independent learners who value and appreciate their own, and other’s academic and social achievements. We promote social responsibility and work to prepare our students for an ever-changing world. To help us achieve our purpose, we promote and practice the following School-Wide Positive Behaviours:
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Numurkah Primary School is situated in northern Victoria close to the Murray River, in what is termed the Goulburn Valley Irrigation District. N.P.S. is located in the township of Numurkah. The town itself is situated on the Broken Creek, within the Moira Shire and is 233 kilometres north of Melbourne, and 32 kilometres north of Shepparton, the regional centre for the Goulburn Valley area. Numurkah is still a farming district but changes to farming and related businesses over the past decade has meant changes to the town’s industries and services.
The school was established in 1879. The school’s current enrolment approx. 200 students. The majority of the students who attend the school come from the township while the remainder come from the local rural farms and are bussed to school. Due to increased mobility of families nowadays, the school works hard to implement social and educational programs that support the varied backgrounds of the students attending the school, whether they begin with us in Prep or transfer in during their primary years.
The school is currently structured into two main areas with a team-leader in charge of each area: Prep- Year 2; Year 3-6 (with sub-teams in Yr 3-4 & 5-6). Classes are composite. The staff comprise of Principal & Assistant Principal, 9 full time teaching staff, 4 part time teaching staff, and 5 full time or part time support staff.
The school offers a comprehensive curriculum. Curriculum planning and delivery caters for the different learning styles and thinking of students. The school’s curriculum is based on the state-wide Curriculum and Learning Standards (AusVELS). The curriculum covers the 8 Key Learning Areas. English and Maths are timetabled in blocks (English, 2 hours per day and Maths, 1 hour per day) to maximise learning opportunities. The other areas include Science, Technology, The Arts (Visual & Performing), Health and Physical Education, Humanities (History, Geography, Econcomics), and Language Education (Japanese). Computer technology is integrated across the curriculum with hardware available in all class-rooms as well as in the library. Interactive whiteboards are well utilised to support many subjects. Many subject areas are covered by Integrated Units of Work (themes), which are planned in detail for each term. The school supports the Key Learning Areas with intervention programs such as Small-group or Individual Reading Intervention, tutoring, educational assessments & speech therapy, 'Special Projects'. The school also has an extensive extra-curricula program that includes Choir (Yr 3-6), interschool winter sport, Athletics, Pr-6 Swimming Program, piano tutoring, Student Leadership activities, excursions, performances, special programs (including Life Education, Personal Development, First Aid), camps program (Pr-6), and a series of lunchtime/class-time activities: eg, gardening, newspaper group, recreation and leisure activities. Transition programs with the local Pre-school and Secondary College are well-developed and further work is being done to enhance these programs and to also make transition smoother for newly enrolled students in other grade levels. Sharing of curriculum and management matters is an important part of our valued connection with Numurkah Secondary College.
The school believes positive social skills enhance and support the way children learn and interact. We use the School Wide Positive Behaviours Framework to encompass our social support (see following Webpages). Our Assistant Principal and Chaplain plan and provide social support for groups or individual students. We also seek outside agencies on behalf of families, who require more specialized support
Parent support throughout the school is valued, and despite the busy nature of families nowadays, quite a number of parents help our school in many areas, including School Council, Parents & Friends, class-room support, excursion support, sports and special events. The school strives to have a positive and open communication with all parents so that together we work towards supporting our children’s learning, academically and socially.
The current layout of the school’s buildings (including the Open-space BER building and adjacent renovations), and our grounds are conducive to positive interaction between students and with staff and other visitors to the school. There is a range of external and internal play areas, including ones that are designated for passive and semi-passive play promoting social skills.