Our School

Principal Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Albany Rise Primary School website.

On behalf of the Albany Rise Primary school community, I extend to you a warm welcome to our school website. Albany Rise Primary School is situated in Mulgrave, and offers exciting, high quality learning opportunities for students with an emphasis on building strong learning partnerships with parents and carers. We are very proud of the sense of community we have developed at our school and our emphasis on providing a caring, responsive and harmonious school environment where students experience a strong sense of belonging and high expectations. At Albany Rise our goal is to promote the academic, social and personal development of all our students in a happy, secure and academically stimulating learning environment.

Our school offers a range of excellent and engaging programs, with a strong emphasis on the core learning in Literacy and Numeracy. Specialists programs are provided to all students in the areas of Physical Education, Languages- (Chinese Mandarin), Visual Arts and the Performing Arts (Music). Other extensive and well-resourced programs at Albany Rise include:

  • ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
  • Camping Program
  • Swimming program
  • School wide wellbeing program – ‘Respectful Relationships’
  • Student Leadership programs
  • Instrumental Music
  • Extension and Enrichment
  • Intervention programs, such as QuickSmart maths
  • Buddy program for Foundation and year 6 students
  • Transition programs: Preschool to Foundation and Year 6 to 7.
  • The school also offers afterschool programs in Sports (Soccer), computer Coding, Chess and Cooking.

 

At Albany Rise our staff strive to ensure that all children are eager to come to school and that their years at primary school are both memorable and fulfilling. Our efforts are directed at giving our students a great start in their educational journey which sets up each individual for their future.

I feel extremely privileged to lead such a wonderful school and enjoy the opportunity to welcome prospective parents to tour our school.

We hope that our website will assist visitors and particularly current prospective parents by providing the latest news, information and excitement of school life at Albany Rise.

Mission, Vision & Values

Mission

Our mission at Albany Rise Primary School is to develop students who value learning throughout their lives, strive to achieve and are literate and numerate. We aim to produce confident and empathetic students who are global citizens equipped to succeed in the 21st century.

Vision

We succeed when our students are:

  • Always seeking to understand and respect the views, values and cultures of others
  • Literate and numerate; read with comprehension, write clearly, compute accurately
  • Responsible, organised, cooperative and independent
  • Respectful of others and demonstrate empathy to others
  • Able to learn and adapt to change and new technologies
  • Resilient and persistent life-long learners
  • Able to recognise and understand their impact on their community and environment
  • Critical thinkers, problem solvers and willing to have a go
  • Inclusive of everyone
  • Self motivated to be lifelong learners
  • Displaying a positive self image.

School Values | The 3 R’s

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Respect

Means: Treating ourselves, others, property and the environment with care and consideration.

  • Manners and patience – polite, courteous, accepting that others have the right to make different choices and have different opinions, listening to others, making eye contact
  • Honesty
  • Trustworthiness
  • Treating people the way I would like them to treat me
  • Displaying self-control
  • Getting along with others
  • Cooperation
  • Using appropriate language
  • Showing good sportsmanship – fair rules and taking turns
  • Pride in ourselves and the efforts of others
  • Friendly, caring, sharing
  • Inclusion
  • Fairness
  • Following instructions the first time
  • Valuing other people’s opinions
  • Showing compassion
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Responsibility

Means: Thinking about the right choices to make and doing the right thing even if my friends don’t do it.

  • Taking ownership for my actions – accepting the consequences and not blaming others
  • Being focused on my learning and making good choices for how I behave
  • Looking after my own things and other people’s property
  • Being a good role model by encouraging others to do the right thing
  • Trying to help others if they are sick, hurt or upset
  • Doing my best work all the time
  • Displaying independence
  • Being accountable
  • Being sensible
  • Trustworthy
  • Fulfilling your roles eg: leader
  • On time and ready to learn
  • Looking after our school environment
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Resilience

Means: The ability to become strong and healthy and successful after something bad happens (Bounce Back).

  • Courage
  • Being able to Bounce Back when I have a problem
  • Trying to solve problems when this is possible
  • Being able to ‘tough it out’ when things are difficult
  • Thinking about the ‘catastrophe scale’ and realising that things aren’t that bad
  • Trying to be positive and optimistic
  • Seek help through talking with a friend or adult
  • Persistence
  • Being confident
  • Not letting negativity stand in your way
  • Learning from mistakes

School Profile

Albany Rise Primary School is located in the City of Monash within the boundaries of Wellington, Springvale and Police Roads, Mulgrave. Currently the enrolment number is 300. The school motto “Education is our Future” along with a school vision being developed enables all participants in the school community to focus on improving educational opportunities, practices and facilities for all students.

Albany Rise Primary School offers high quality educational programs through an integrated curriculum in all areas of the Australian Victorian Essential Learning Standards (AusVELS). These standards consist of Physical, Social and Personal Learning, Disciplinary Based Learning and Interdisciplinary Learning. In 2016, all staff are developing updated units of work in Literacy, Numeracy and Inquiry teaching and learning, to reflect the introduction of the new Victorian Curriculum beginning in 2017. The student leadership programs, Maths Olympiads, music program and UNSW assessments are just a few of the many opportunities provided for student enrichment. Learning is further enriched by the engaging Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Language (Mandarin) and Sports opportunities provided for our students. Opportunities such as choir, musical production, market day and sports carnivals are all highlights of student life at our school, along with a range of extra-curricular opportunities including; inquiry based excursions, year 2-6 camping program, daily lunchtime activities and targeted sporting opportunities. A focus on building positive relationships across our school community, through our ‘KidsMatter’ approach, has strengthened links between the school and home. Student wellbeing programs provide a strong and ongoing focus on building relationships, support and building a cooperative learning environment.

At Albany Rise primary School, we promote a positive, caring environment where all students are able to achieve. The staff are highly motivated, professional and caring who focus on the differentiated needs of all students. They work in teams to plan and implement quality teaching and learning programs based upon our understandings of students’ needs, skills, interests and their preferred learning style.

Albany Rise Primary School is committed to achieving excellence and continued improvement in student outcomes. During 2016 we have continued to focus on improving student performance in Literacy and Numeracy. The school has a stable and dedicated staff consisting of: 2 Principal class members, a Student Welfare Officer, 18 equivalent full time teaching staff as well as 6.65 Education Support Staff.

In 2013 Albany Rise became a ‘Kids Matter’ school with an emphasis on developing a framework for student wellbeing programs across the school. Over recent years, whole staff training in restorative practices was undertaken to ensure a consistent school-wide approach. Year 5 students received training in peer mediation every year, with this role one of many key leadership roles for our senior students in 2016. Improved approaches to the explicit teaching of reading strategies, professional learning for teachers in planning for real life, challenging mathematics experiences and a whole school assessment schedule have also been recent achievements.

In 2016 we have continued to refer to our consistent whole school instructional model when developing teacher capacity and engaging learning opportunities. Staff have built on work in the moderation of student assessments to assist with teacher judgements. Feedback and goal setting for students has been a highlight of our approach to providing opportunities for student voice. In 2016, this included the introduction of digital portfolios for students in year 3-6. Our Foundation- Year 2 team have continued to develop a play based learning & investigation approach for students to support their oral language development.

Values Statement

Albany Rise Primary School recognises the importance of the partnership between schools and parents to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring inclusive, safe and orderly environments for children and young people.

This Statement of Values sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the principal, all school staff, parents, students and visitors. It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building safe and respectful school communities.

Discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, bullying, violence, aggression and threatening behaviour are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in this school.

Our Statement of Values acknowledges that parents and school staff are strongly motivated to do their best for every child. Everyone has the right to differing opinions and views and to raise concerns, as long as we do this respectfully as a community working together.

Responsibilities

As principals

As principals and school leaders, we will:

  • Work collaboratively to create a school environment where respectful and safe conduct is expected of everyone.
  • Behave in a manner consistent with the standards of our profession and meet core responsibilities to provide inclusive, safe and orderly environments.
  • Plan, implement and monitor arrangements to ensure the care, safety, security and general wellbeing of all students in attendance at the school is protected.
  • Identify and support students who are or may be at risk.
  • Do our best to ensure every child achieves their personal and learning potential.
  • Work with parents to understand their child’s needs and, where necessary, adapt the learning environment accordingly.
  • Respond appropriately when inclusive, safe or orderly behaviour is not demonstrated and implement appropriate interventions and sanctions when required.
  • Make known to parents the school’s communication and complaints procedures.
  • Ask any person who is acting in an offensive or disorderly way to leave the school grounds.
As Teachers

As Teachers and all non-teaching staff, we will:

  • Model positive behaviour to students consistent with the standards of our profession.
  • Proactively engage with parents about student outcomes.
  • Work with parents to understand the needs of each student and, where necessary, adapt the learning environment accordingly.
  • Work collaboratively with parents to improve learning and wellbeing outcomes for students with additional needs.
  • Communicate with the principal and school leaders in the event we anticipate or face any tension or challenging behaviours from parents.
  • Treat all members of the school community with respect.
As Parents

As Parents, we will:

  • Model positive behaviour to our child.
  • Ensure our child attends school on time, every day the school is open for instruction.
  • Take an interest in our child’s school and learning.
  • Work with the school to achieve the best outcomes for our child.
  • Communicate constructively with the school and use expected processes and protocols when raising concerns.
  • Support school staff to maintain a safe learning environment for all students.
  • Follow the school’s complaints processes if there are complaints.
  • Treat all school leaders, staff, students, and other members of the school community with respect.
As Students

As Students, we will:

  • Model positive behaviour to other students.
  • Comply with and model school values.
  • Behave in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Respect ourselves, other members of the school community and the school environment.
  • Actively participate in school.
  • Not disrupt the learning of others and make the most of our educational opportunities.
As Community Members

As Community Members, we will:

  • Model positive behaviour to the school community.
  • Treat other members of the school community with respect.
  • Support school staff to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment for all students.
  • Utilise the school’s communications policy to communicate with the school.
The DEECD

The Department Of Education And Early Childhood Development (DEECD) will:

  • Provide support and advice to principals to equip them to manage and respond to challenging behaviour of students, parents and staff.
  • Provide practical guidance and resources to support schools to manage and respond to challenging behaviour of students, parents and staff.
  • Provide practical guidance and resources to support schools respond to and prevent bullying and promote cyber-safety and wellbeing.
  • Provide access to evidence based resources and strategies to increase student safety, wellbeing and engagement.
  • Provide schools with practical and legal support as required.
  • Provide parents with practical guidance and resources to resolve conflicts with the school.

Consequences for Failing to Uphold the Statement of Values

Unreasonable behaviours

Behaviours that are considered inappropriate on and adjacent to school grounds or in relation to school business and that do not uphold the principles of this Statement of Values include when a person:

  • is rude, aggressive or harasses others
  • sends rude, confronting or threatening letters, emails or text messages
  • is manipulative or threatening
  • speaks in an aggressive tone, either in person or over the telephone
  • makes sexist, racist or derogatory comments
  • inappropriately uses social media as a forum to raise concerns/make complaints against the school
  • is physically intimidating, e.g. standing very close.
Consequences

Principals are responsible for determining what constitutes reasonable and unreasonable behaviour.

Unreasonable behaviour and/or failure to uphold the principles of this Statement of Values may lead to further investigation and the implementation of appropriate consequences. This may include:

  • utilising mediation and counselling services
  • alternative communication strategies being applied
  • formal notice preventing entry onto school premises or attendance at school activities. Written notice will follow any verbal notice given.
  • an intervention order being sought
  • informing the police which may result in a charge of trespass or assault

By agreeing to meet specified standards of positive behaviour, everyone in our school community can be assured that they will be treated with fairness and respect. In turn, this will help to create a school that is safe and orderly, where everyone is empowered to participate and learn.

Strategic Plan and AIP

Our Albany Rise Primary School Strategic Plan has been developed with high expectations as a focus from 2018- 2021.

Policies

Child Safe Standards

Albany Rise Primary School COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY

Albany Rise Primary School is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

Albany Rise Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse.

Albany Rise 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 Albany Rise 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.

To create and maintain a child safe organisation, Albany Rise Primary School ensures ongoing compliance with the 7 child safe standards :

  1. strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
  2. a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
  3. a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
  4. screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  5. processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  6. strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  7. strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children

For registered schools, Ministerial Order No. 870 sets out the specific actions to meet these requirements.

Access to our school ‘Child Safe Standards’, ‘Mandatory Reporting’ and ‘Engagement, Inclusion and Wellbeing’  policies is via this website under Policies.

The Engagement, Inclusion and Wellbeing policy clearly outlines school values and expectations of conduct for parents, students and staff.

 

The following information regarding child safe standards is also available online:

Child Safe Standards Links:

DET: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/default.aspx

Resources: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

Working with Children Check: https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

Child Safe Standards: https://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/childsafe/Pages/standards.html

ACER Connect: https://research.acer.edu.au/connect/

 

If you require further information regarding Child Safe Standards, please contact the school.

Facilities

Hall

The Hall is used for weekly Physical Education lesson, Friday Afternoon Assemblies, Whole School Events, Prep PMP sessions and much more. We also loan our Hall to local business or programs. Email the school for more information if you would like to rent our Hall.

Oval

With the recent upgrade, the oval is used for many sporting and physical educational activities. Having the running track around the outside as well as the posts and green area on the inside caters for many different needs and events.

Playgrounds

We have 3 playgrounds at Albany Rise. They have been purposefully built for different ages: Prep-Year 2, Years 3-4, Years 5-6.

Asphalt Area

The Asphalt area has basketball courts and four square. It has been used for a range of community and school events such as the colour run and school parades.

The ARC

The Year 1 and Foundation classrooms are located in ‘The ARC’ (The Albany Rise Centre). The ARC was recently built in 2011. The building contains 4 large classrooms, 3 small conference rooms, a kitchenette and a large common space for students to take part in play based developmental learning. This area has been recently refurbished to provide an attractive and engaging play-based learning space for our junior students.

The Hub

Students enjoying using laptops in the Hub to extend their knowledge and skills of technology. The Hub is directly connected to the library so students can use the space in a research/investigation manner. Teachers have access to a large projector to demonstate computer skills and techniques with ease to students.

Hilton Hen House

In 2013, the students in Years 3 -4 hatched and raised chickens and ducks as part of their inquiry learning on life cycles. These animals have become a much loved creatures at Albany Rise. Our chickens and ducks lay many eggs which are available to buy from the Office.

Vegetable Garden

Over the past few years, our vegie garden has grown many different types of vegetables.

Visual Art Room

Our Art Room is used for weekly Visual Art lessons. The room has a many features that are essential to a functioning art room – large storage space, multiple sinks, drying racks, etc.

STEM & play based learning

Play Based Learning Area

Our Developmental Learning Space in the ARC is now complete with students in Foundation and Year One are accessing this space for their inquiry and ‘Chatterbox’ sessions. We are very excited about the learning that is happening in this space.’

OSHClub

Out of school hours care (OSHC) is available for families needing care for their children before or after school, and on some pupil free (curriculum) days. The program is coordinated by OSHClub.

An online enrolment form must be completed for each child attending the program. Enrolment forms, bookings and more information are available at the OSHClub website (www.oshclub.com.au).

The program operates between 6:45-9:00am and 3:30-6:15pm. Breakfast is provided in the mornings until 8:15am, and afternoon tea is served on arrival after school. On the day bookings and cancellations can be made by contacting the program coordinator directly on 0401 501 598.

The aim of the program is to provide children with a warm, relaxed and caring environment. Each session, children have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

Canteen

The canteen operates and provides lunches Monday to Friday. Snacks are available for purchase from the canteen at recess time.

A current price list is distributed to children throughout the year or can access accessed here: 2019 Canteen Menu

The canteen have special lunch days when a separate note will going home advertising this. When sending a lunch order, please write the student’s name and grade clearly on the outside of a paper bag (available for 10 cents each). Write the order and the cost and, if possible, please include the correct money.

The canteen is run by a private operator who is contracted by the School Council.

Uniform

The Uniform Shop opens before school every Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning during the term and supplies the official uniform of the school.

Payments can be made by Cash/Mastercard/Visa at the shop or via an order which can be placed at the office.

To make a purchase via the order form download the 2019 Uniform Order Form and either place the order at the Office or send it to school with your child.

The uniform at Albany Rise Primary is navy blue and jade green. Students are encouraged to wear black school shoes or runners (if they have PE lessons that day)

Girls

Girls:

  • Blue and white plaid dress
  • Navy shorts/skorts/bike shorts
  • Navy tracksuit/leggings/bootleg pants
  • Winter tunic
  • Navy or green polo shirt
  • Navy or green skivvy/long sleeved polo shirt
  • Navy blue windcheater/bomber jacket
  • Navy blue jumper
  • Navy blue widebrimmed/bucket hat
  • Navy scarf

Boys

Boys:

  • Navy shorts
  • Navy tracksuit pants
  • Navy or green polo shirt
  • Navy or green skivvy/long sleeved polo shirt
  • Navy blue windcheater/bomber jacket
  • Navy blue jumper
  • Navy blue widebrimmed/bucket hat
  • Navy scarf

 

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