Glenroy West Primary School Kindergarten to Year 6 aspires to create a challenging, safe, inclusive learning environment that will develop internationally-minded young people who will achieve their greatest potential and make a positive contribution to a diverse global society.
Glenroy West Primary School was built in 1958 and is located in a quiet suburban street in Glenroy. There are large and well maintained grounds that provide for active and passive play and Indoor learning spaces which cater for student-centred learning. The school has an on-site kindergarten which is administered by the Northern Schools Early Years Cluster. This provides a seamless progression of learning from kindergarten to Year 6.
Enrolment numbers are trending up and a further increase is expected. The school caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6, and there are 30 different language backgrounds represented. The numbers of students with English as an additional language (EAL) background has been steadily increasing with EAL support provided to 66% of the school population.
The curriculum provides for explicit teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy based on the Victorian Curriculum. The school is an authorised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school (PYP), which provides an inquiry-based, authentic approach to teaching and learning. As part of the PYP, a learner profile with a set of attributes and ideals that aim to inspire, motivate and focus learning is promoted.
All students have access to devices and the Bring Your Own Device program operates in Years 3-6. There is an EAL (English as Additional Language) program, and literacy and numeracy intervention programs for students requiring additional assistance. Specialist programs included Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education, LOTE (Indonesian) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Student Voice and Agency is central to all classroom activities and through opportunities such as school captains, buddy program, student leadership group, a student representative council and student action groups.
The school provides for a range of opportunities for students, parents and the community and actively encourages participation. These include a classroom helpers’ program, a playgroup and kindergarten program for pre-school aged children, a breakfast club and a comprehension transition program for Foundation children.
Parent communication is centred around COMPASS and Seesaw online platforms with an emphasis on ongoing assessment and reporting accessibility for families. Students receive Individual Learning Plan Progress Report at the end of each Inquiry unit (every 7 weeks). Written reports are provided at the end of each Semester and students and families are involved in Student-led conferences twice a year.