From the Principal

I would like to acknowledge that families are the first and most enduring influence on a child’s development, and play a significant role in a child’s learning. We aim to make the transition from kindergarten to school as smooth and positive as possible. We will work in partnership with you to help your child develop excellent academic, cultural, physical and social skills.


Curriculum Planning at DPS is outstanding, and a credit to our leadership and teaching staff. Our dedicated team work hard to ensure our students receive a well rounded program that aims to develop the whole child. Core subjects such as Literacy are very important but we also have a high priority on other subjects such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engneering and Mathematics).


Doncaster Primary is a wonderful school with a dedicated staff who are highly qualified and committed to ongoing improvement for all students. With a student population of approximately 550, we are situated in the Doncaster Hill precinct on spacious grounds.


Facilities include a wonderful, full size gymnasium, Library, Art Room, modern classrooms, full size football oval, basketball courts, cricket pitch and other spaces including playground equipment for students of all ages to explore. Children also enjoy using our synthetic play areas across the middle of the school. There are many mature shade-trees, lawn areas and play areas. In the last twelve months students have been involved in planting many trees and shrubs which has provided a great sense of pride in our school, particularly our recent potato crop!


Academically, we provide a challenging and comprehensive curriculum for each child in a caring and stimulating environment. Our teachers are highly skilled professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds. Many of our staff speak a second language and we have thirty-three student language backgrounds at DPS.

We aim to facilitate success in all areas of learning and encourage children to develop to their full potential, academically, emotionally, physically and socially. At DPS we encourage the development of confident, articulate and independent learners who demonstrate self-discipline, self-reliance and a pride in themselves and their school.


Each child’s happiness, confidence, feelings of security and belonging are all coupled with an emphasis on attaining the highest standards for each and every child. We aim for them to be literate and numerate, to promote their health and wellbeing and to encourage interaction with others in a positive and caring way. We speak often about making good choices. We are a You Can Do It school and children are developing an understanding of the keys to success, which are Confidence, Getting Along, Persistence, Organisation and Resilience.

 

At Doncaster Primary School, each child is provided with care and support, where relationships with peers and staff convey respect, creating a sense of belonging and connectedness. Children are nurtured in an environment characterised by high expectations with opportunities for participation, leadership, goal setting, autonomy and personal development through a range of extra-curricular activities. With parents, we share responsibility for encouraging children to develop a sense of purpose while building resilience.


At DPS we believe that children learn best when:

  • They are actively involved in their learning
  • They take responsibility for their own learning
  • There is clear demonstration and expectation
  • They have a positive self esteem
  • The learning fulfils their own needs, purpose and interest
  • There are positive links between home and school

 

Parents are encouraged to participate in our curriculum programs, sporting events, school activities and groups such as Parents and Friends Association, School Council and School Council sub-committees. We welcome your support, as your involvement will strengthen links between home and school and enhance the educational achievements of the children. Parental involvement covers a wide range of activities including: shared reading, fund raising, sporting activities and special events and activities. Programs at DPS are supported formally by a hard working School Council and Parents and Friends Association.


We enjoy an open and friendly atmosphere and welcome community input and feedback about your school.

I look forward to welcoming you to DPS. If at any time you wish to discuss any aspect of our school, or your child’s welfare, please do not hesitate to contact me for a chat, or to arrange an interview time.

 

 

Jim Hill

Principal

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