Quarry Hill Primary School
Quarry Hill Primary School
Located in Peel Street, Bendigo, in close proximity to the CBD, Quarry Hill Primary School serves an older, well established residential area. Established on its current site in 1910, the school's historic red brick building features a unique quadrangle design that provides easy access, community connectedness and interaction between classrooms. The school has a current enrolment of 353 pupils operating in 15 classrooms. Over the past years the school's enrolment has increased by over 100 students. Enrolment numbers are expected to continue to increase in the future. The school has successfully applied for an enrolment review and has a ceiling of 375 students. This now enables the school community to be able to plan for and create facilities that compliment this capping figure.
The teaching staff composes a Principal, Assistant Principal, two Leading Teachers, 20 Teachers and 6 Education Support Staff including the Business Manager.
Camp Australia provides an accredited before and after school care program for the school. This is located in the multi-purpose building to meet the indoor space requirements of the program and access to kitchen facilities.
Our curriculum incorporates all domains of the AusVels and includes a comprehensive integrated inquiry curriculum program. Specialist classes are provided in LOTE (Chinese), Visual Arts, Environmental Education, Physical Education and Music. The school prides itself on the array of extra-curricula activities it offers including Cheer'n'dance, a variety of instrumental programs including piano, violin, wind instruments & guitar, school choir and orchestra, Energy Breakthrough , Junior School Council, Buddies, biennial school production, swimming, gymnastics & fortnightly whole school aerobics. The school also offers lunchtime activities that include chess club, craft, lego club, gardening, robotics and access to the bushland space. The school offers an extensive camping program from Grades 2-6 and major excursions for all grade levels.
The school has a strong commitment to staff and student health and wellbeing. Modular 5 portables have arrived in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2015 to cope with the increasing student growth.
The school has a Wellbeing Worker three days a fortnight who offers individual and family support and works closely with Regional staff to provide proactive programs such as Art Therapy and staff professional development. The school is a Kid's Matter School. The school community is strongly committed to the provision of a safe, caring and harmonious educational environment. Children share responsibility for creating our learning and social environments and are supported to demonstrate positive behaviours through our focus on the school values, circle time, restorative practices and the You Can Do It program.
School Literacy support & Numeracy support is provided through a thorough and extensive program and all staff use Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) to track student progress.
Members of the Quarry Hill Primary School community are justifiably proud of our school. Parents are willingly involved in the school through participation in School Council, Parents and Friends Association, Early Literacy program, regular classroom activities, extra-curricula sporting programs, excursions, camps, clubs and working-bees. Through Junior School Council students are encouraged to take responsibility for various aspects of school organisation. Recommendations from Junior School Council meetings are addressed at regular School Council meetings and treated with the same consideration as with other sub-committees of School Council.
The grounds have been developed with large asphalt areas for basketball, netball and other ball games, astro-turf play areas, a vegetable garden, ‘chook’ nook and a natural bush adventure area. Gardens at the front and sides of the school are well established and maintained. Native trees and shrubs are being planted progressively to add to an attractive environment.
Over the past 6 years the school has developed the bushland space from the concept map drawn up in 2010. Some tasks completed include the construction of a main pathway, eco-shed, natural amphitheater and grassed area. The school won a NAB grant in 2013 to build on its environment partnerships with community groups such as Live Ecological and La Trobe University and complete unfinished components of the bushland space.
Quarry Hill Primary School strives to provide seven years of primary education which maximise student abilities and produce well-adjusted, responsible and self-reliant students with the skills necessary to confidently undertake their secondary education and participate in `life-long’ learning.