Noorat Primary School (NPS) established in 1873 has a proud history of providing high quality education for its community within a safe, caring environment of community spirit, respect and honesty. Our school values of Be Caring, Be Excellent, Be Responsible and Be Respectful are evident in everything we do. We currently have 15 students enrolled and have a clear goal to increase enrollments over the next few years. A new principal was appointed in term 3 last year and has implemented a number of policies and programs to enhance the school climate as well as the teaching and learning programs including a new student engagement and well-being policy and a rich and temporary teaching and learning program.
Human resources consist of 3 staff, of which the breakdown is: 1.0 Principal, 1.0 Teacher and 1.0 Educational Support staff for both teaching and learning support and administration.
We have high expectations for the learning of all students and believe that every student can be successful. Noorat PS consists of a highly professional and committed staff who embrace meeting the diverse needs of all of our students. Personalised teaching in numeracy and literacy is assisted with individual learning plans and the school’s curriculum framework incorporates the eight learning areas required by the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 aligned with the new Victorian Curriculum.
Our strengths are the personalised approach we can offer on teaching and learning, localised learning with opportunities to connect and work with community projects, small groups to develop creativity and hands on experiences such as geocaching, creating environmental trails, breeding and caring for farm animals and other schools and community groups such as regular visits to Lyndoch (May Noonan). Our teaching and learning programs offer a comprehensive and successful education to meet the needs of the rapidly changing 21st Century.
Quality specialist programs are offered in STEM, The Arts, Physical Education, Japanese (LOTE), MARC Library and Environmental Studies which involves a kitchen garden program. Our staff meet with other small schools in our area fortnightly in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to learn from each other and reflect on student learning data and evidence to improve our teaching and learning. All teaching and learning programs are enhanced by 1-1 iPads and a determined effort to use digital teaching and learning ubiquitously for collaboration and redefinition of tasks such as coding, movie making, green screening and making podcasts. Sharing learning and communication with families is enhanced using Seesaw.
A positive climate for learning including the well-being and engagement of all students, staff and families is a high priority at NPS. We are proud of the improvements we are making in this space with high expectations for everyone along with the Positive Education philosophy underpinning the school culture.