School Profile

 Purpose
  • Our vision is for a school community that works positively & collaboratively to achieve and celebrate success for each individual.
  • We have a collective responsibility to our core business which is to provide improved educational outcomes for all. The school provides an environment which equips everyone with the strategies & skills for lifelong learning.

Values

  • Resilience
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Relationships

                                            

Maramba Primary School is located in Narre Warren in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne in the City of Casey. The school is surrounded by established housing and adjoins a large pre school.  The current enrolment is 550 and this figure is expected to be maintained over the coming years.

As a result of changing demographics, almost half the families at the school are of Non English Speaking Background. This percentage continues to grow and trend data would suggest that it will not lessen in the immediate future.

The school was built in 1991. Over time the school has developed improved physical resources with our new BER gym and the remodelling of the old gym being out latest achievements. With respect to classroom resources our prime objective of introducing interactive whiteboards, IPads and laptops strategically throughout the school has been achieved. Key teachers throughout all levels in the school have ably supported this and two of these teachers have gained Teacher Professional Leave to further enhance this.

Core Business

The core business of the school is to provide quality teaching and learning and improved educational outcomes for all. The school provides an environment where teachers give the professional support and commitment students need as they pursue their learning and goals. In doing so, the school seeks to engage the students in learning in its broadest context, connecting them to the wider community.

Our Strategic Plan goal of achieving quality learning by further developing the Thinking Curriculum has been achieved with the implementation of inquiry based learning across the school. The school has taken time to develop staff knowledge of best practice by using a Thinking Curriculum and inquiry approach to assist all students in effective learning, leading to the discovery of new understandings, constructing explanations and drawing conclusions. We will continue to  implement the new AusVELS learning standards curriculum focusing on improved student achievement results throughout the Strategic Plan period.

Maramba Primary School is committed to consultation processes, shared decision making and to the provision of a learning environment that utilizes contemporary teaching strategies with ongoing assessment and reporting of each child’s progress. The leadership team and the school staff are committed and empowered to confidently meet the educational, technological, resourcing and social challenges it faces in the future.

Students are exposed to a school environment where resilience is promoted and risk taking encouraged as the children develop confidence in their own abilities to become positive contributors to our school and life long learners. Our aim is to develop in students the qualities and skills that will enable them to adapt to change. The five foundations of the school’s ‘You Can Do It!’ program are Confidence, Organisation, Getting Along, Persistence and Resilience.

Curriculum

Maramba provides a quality, comprehensive curriculum based on AusVELS. Strong links have been forged between our inquiry based learning and the AusVELS domains, and Literacy and Numeracy are given special emphasis within the school curriculum. In addition to classroom teachers, specialist teachers cover the areas of Performing Arts, Physical Education and Visual Arts and Craft. Specialised support is provided in English as a Additional Language, Reading Recovery, Phonemic Awareness and the Perceptual Motor Program (PMP).

2013 sees the introduction of AusVELS (the Australian Curriculum in Victoria), which is the Foundation (Prep) to Year 10 Curriculum for all Victorian government schools. AusVELS incorporates the Australian Curriculum from Foundation (Prep) to 10 for English, Mathematics, History and Science within the curriculum framework first developed for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). In 2014 we will be teaching further Australian curriculum subjects and the national curriculum will be fully implemented by 2015.

  1. Physical, Personal and Social Learning
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Interpersonal Development
  • Personal Learning
  • Civic and Citizenship

 

  1. Discipline - based learning
  • The Arts
  • English & LOTE
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science

 

  1. Interdisciplinary Learning
  • Communication
  • Design, Creativity and Technology
  • Information & communications Technology
  • Thinking