Our School

From the Principal

Welcome to Weeden Heights Primary School

Weeden Heights Primary School is a dynamic, nurturing and vibrant learning community that encompasses a diversity of cultural and social backgrounds. It embraces a strong sense of community, is positive and is an exciting place to be a part of. I am privileged and very proud to be the Principal at Weeden Heights Primary School.

The school’s motto is ‘Futures are Bright at Weeden Heights’ and parents, students and staff work together to ensure that the best opportunities are available to all of our students. Our shared commitment to learning is well supported by the home and school partnership as we believe working together optimises the potential of individuals.

With a focus on developing the ‘whole child’, it is paramount that a student’s wellbeing (social, emotional, physical, behavioural and creative developments) is balanced against their academic learning goals and personal interests. We focus on the core curriculum endeavour to provide students with engaging and challenging programs. Our school also aims to equip students with the life long skills to be successful learners in the 21st Century and this underpins our engaging and challenging learning programs.

Parents are enthusiastically welcomed at Weeden Heights Primary School. I sincerely invite you to visit us and take a tour to see our wonderful classrooms, happy students and exciting programs. You will be most welcome to meet with me, speak with staff and students, to identify what we have to offer your child at Weeden Heights. For a tour, please make contact with us by telephoning us on 9802 0663 or emailing the school at weeden.heights.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

Futures are Bright….at Weeden Heights PS!

School Profile

Mission Statement (Our Purpose)
Weeden Heights Primary School empowers and supports students to achieve personal excellence and to become life long learners and global citizens who make a positive difference.

Vision Statement
Weeden Heights Primary School is a dynamic child centred, learning community committed to providing exemplary programs in a challenging, vibrant and safe environment.

Values
At Weeden Heights Primary School we value:

  • Respect
  • Personal Excellence
  • Curiosity and Creativity
  • Collaboration

For our school community this means that:

  • Each student will be supported and encouraged to reach their full potential through a stimulating and challenging curriculum
  • Everyone will be treated with respect
  • Students are equipped to embrace their future with optimism, confidence and an ability to make informed choices
  • There is a strong commitment to develop the social competencies, self esteem, resilience, leadership and life skills of every student
  • Creative subject options are provided for all students from prep to year six through the specialist areas programs (Performing Arts, Visual Arts, STEAM, Physical Education and Language. The Kitchen/Garden program is offered from year 3).

Teaching and Learning Statement
At Weeden Heights we:

  • Have high expectations for all learners
  • Differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs individuals
  • Care about students and understand the importance of student wellbeing
  • Believe that all students can and will learn and grow in confidence and self-esteem as a result of becoming motivated, self-extending, independent, life-long learners
  • Ensure students achieve mastery of the curriculum
  • Develop higher order critical thinking skills through inquiry learning, and problem solving
  • Work together effectively as part of a team.
  • Provide skill development and learning opportunities within the framework of the Victorian Curriculum in the areas of: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Technology, Health, Physical and Social Education, Languages, The Arts and Information and Communications Technology. 

 

We are most fortunate that Weeden Heights Primary School enjoys extremely strong community support. Parental involvement in students’ education as well as in the maintenance of school facilities is a particular feature of the school. An active and supportive School Council works cohesively to help the school deliver quality learning opportunities for all students.

Staff

Principal
Kylie Campbell

Assistant Principal
Danielle Heatley (Tue & Wed)

Grade 5/6
Allison McLaren
Paul Keeghan

Grade 3/4
David Saville

Grade 2/3
Aarti Arya

Grade1/2
Kerri Robertson (Mon, Tue)
& Belinda Davis (Wed, Thur, Fri)

Grade 1
Kirralee Turner

Prep
Jessica Pearse

The Arts
Annie Paterno

SAKG Kitchen & Garden
Monica Seal (Kitchen Specialist)
Belinda Davis (Garden Specialist)

Physical Education
Kiralee Molnar

STEAM
Kiralee Molnar

Languages (French)
Delphine Todd

Wellbeing Officer
Tracey McGlashan

Education Support
Delphine Todd
Ann Mikus

Business Manager
Kerryn Cheetham

Administration
Cindy Lim

Outside School Hours Care
Maria Martinho ( Program Co-ordinator)

Your School Council

The purpose of School Council is to assist with the planning and governance of our school. School Council sub-committees at Weeden Heights Primary School are:

  • Finance
  • Education
  • Buildings and Resources
  • Fund Raising
  • OSHC (Out of School Hours Care)
  • Canteen

You do not have to be on School Council to be a member of a sub-committee. Please log on to: https://www.education.vic.gov.au for more information regarding the role of School Councillors in Victorian Government Schools.

 

Current Members of the WHPS School Council

President
Kirsty White

Vice-President
Karen Jansen

Treasurer
Emily Zhang

Parent Representatives
Gerry Mulholland
Nicole Seneviratne
Simon Billingham
Daniel Roger

DET Representatives
David Saville
Paul Keegan

Executive Officer
Kylie Campbell (Principal – DET)

School Uniform

It is a school council expectation that all students wear the approved school uniform as ratified by Weeden Heights Primary School Council and contained in the school’s Uniform Policy.

School-wide Expectations

  • Hair to be tied back if below the shoulder
  • No jewellery except for stud/sleeper earrings and a watch
  • Year 6 students have their own signature school t-shirt and rugby jumper which is   selected each year by the Year 6 students and staff and approved by the Principal

Summer Uniform

 

  • Sky blue polo shirt with school emblem and signature trim.
  • Sky blue polo shirt with school emblem and signature trim.
  • Maroon shorts or pants
  • White socks

OR

  • Check poly/cotton dress in school colours  (specialised fabric)
  • Check poly/cotton dress in school colours  (specialised fabric)
  • White socks

Winter Uniform

 

  • Maroon tracksuit pants
  • Sky blue polo shirt (long or short sleeved) with school emblem and signature trim
  • WHPS monogrammed bomber jacket

OR

  • Blue tartan pinafore/skirt
  • Pale blue skivvy/or long or short sleeved WHPS monogrammed t-shirt
  • Blue tights (wool or ribbed tights but no patterns, prints or sparkles)
  • WHPS monogrammed bomber jacket 

Shoes
Enclosed Black shoes or White Runners (no bright colours added)

Sleeveless Vest
Blue monogrammed polo fleece vest worn at any time during the year over the top of the bomber jacket or polo shirt in warmer weather

Hats
Maroon and school logo legionnaires, broad

School Bag
Maroon school logo backpack

Out of Hours Care (O.S.H.C.)

Providing support and care for our families.

Overview
Weeden Heights Primary School is extremely proud of its school council owned and operated Outside School Hours Care program recognising the busy lifestyle of today’s parents and the need for extended hours care. Our staff are the link between the school and home ensuring consistency, familiarity and security for our students and peace of mind for parents.

The program and service set-up caters for the needs of primary school aged children and their families through providing Before School, After School and care during non -teaching days. The program is fully registered, compliant and accredited. Users of the program can access the Commonwealth Government Childcare Subsidy (subject to eligibility).

Program Focus
We provide a quality program for all children in an enjoyable and relaxed environment, where the importance of play is valued. Children enjoy a wide variety of stimulating activities fully supervised by carefully selected, qualified and experienced staff which includes structured indoor and outdoor games, construction, toys, art and craft, puppets, cooking, quiet time and free play.

Aims

  • Include and welcome children from diverse backgrounds and with special needs
  • Provide appropriate programs based on the development and interests of primary aged children and their individual needs
  • Programs and activities are planned in conjunction with staff, parents and children
  • Accommodating parent input to ensure that your child’s needs are met
  • Provide relaxed social learning environments
  • Promote warm and friendly relationships between staff, parents and children while ensuring that they respect other children, staff and the school
  • Encourage in individuals a responsibility of others
  • Comply with Quality Assurance and National Standards
  • Ensure the program complements and enhances the school’s activities and is consistent with school philosophy
  • Ensure the safety of all children during all aspects of the program
  • Abide by Weeden Heights Primary School’s codes of conduct, Welfare and Discipline policy and the O.S.H.C. program policies
  • The O.S.H.C. program has a policy handbook, which includes all policies and procedures relating to the running of the out of school hours care program
  • The parent Sub-Committee, staff and the school Principal review policies and procedures annually
  • A copy is kept in the O.S.H.C. office and is available on request.

Operating Hours

Before School Care
7am – 8.45am

After School Care
3 .30pm – 6pm

Curriculum/Pupil Free Days
7am – 6pm

Bookings and Enquiries

9802 6903 or 0412 836 571

OSHC@weedenheightsps.vic.edu.au

Policies

What Are School Policies For?
A policy is an inclusive expression of desired outcome, rather than the old ‘school rules’ structure which only targeted pupils. At Weeden Heights PS, we create policies that apply to the entire school community in order to manage, inform and ensure a better environment for everyone involved.

How Are School Policies Made?
The Weeden Heights Education Sub-Committee (comprising of teachers and parents) compose all of the schools’ policies and review any existing ones on a cyclic basis (3 year rotation) or as required. The Sub Committee then consults with the staff and they provide feedback. The next step in the process is to consult with the school community.

The parents are notified through the school newsletter of current policies being reviewed and directed to this section of the website. As part of this process we also post new policies on this site for students, parents and community members to assess. You can click on the links at the bottom of this page to review when there are policies up for consideration. Please email any comments to the school at: weedenheights.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

The Sub-Committee then reviews feedback and makes the necessary changes. The policies are then submitted to the School Council for recommendation and ratification.

Child Safety Standards

In 2013, the Victorian Parliament held an inquiry into the ‘Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations’, resulting in the Betrayal of Trust Report. As a result, the Victorian Government has implemented the Child Safe Standards for organisations that work with children, including schools.

Children and students have the right to be safe and protected at all times, including at school. It is important that you feel confident that your child is safe and well in the care of their school.

At Weeden Heights Primary School, we are responsible for keeping our students safe. We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, there is a new regulatory landscape surrounding child safety, underpinned by new Child Safe Standards.

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Standard One:

Strategies to embed in an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements.

The Principal is the designated Child Safety Officer at Weeden Heights Primary School.

Weeden Heights PS is committed to child safety:

  • We want our students to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all students, as well as our staff and volunteers in all school environments and outside of school hours care
  • We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all students
  • We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures
  • We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
  • We are committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks. The school has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers and regularly trains and educates staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.
  • We support and respect all students, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability
  • We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.
Standard Two

A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety.

WHPS Child Safe Policy

Standard Three

A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.

Child Safe Code Of Conduct

Standard Four

Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel.

Human Resources Practices For Child Safe Organisations

Visitors Policy

Volunteers Policy

Standard Five
Standard Six

Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.

Child Safety Standard 6 Risk Assessment 2019

Standard Seven

Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

WHPS Student Engagement And Wellbeing Policy