Woodvale Primary School celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. From modest beginnings, Woodvale has established an outstanding reputation throughout the local and wider community.
WPS has become a real community hub. An active and committed P & C Association continues to foster a unique link between the school and local community. This link has been strengthened by a number of memorable events over recent years.
As an Independent Public School, Woodvale continues to forge strong relationships with other local schools, particularly Woodvale Secondary College. The creation of a “Learning Community” has enhanced the educational outcomes for our students. This collaborative process continues to evolve and again, in 2018, our year 6 students will attend Woodvale Secondary College in term 4 to participate in a transition program.
Woodvale Primary is an inclusive school. Students are encouraged to celebrate differences and welcome others into the school community. The annual year 6 camp has been significant in creating strong relationships between staff and students. As principal, it is particularly satisfying to see this tradition continue in 2018.
Preparing students for a technological age presents a myriad of challenges. Woodvale is well placed to meet these challenges after completing a comprehensive upgrade of all ICT infrastructure in 2016. The integration of Apple technology is another exciting phase in the school’s development. Ipad and laptop integration will add a new dimension to student learning.
The school has been a dominant force on the sporting field for a number of years, winning 14 of the past 18 Interschool Athletics Carnivals. Olympians, Tina Morgan (2008) and Casey Dellacqua (2008 & 2012 ) are both graduates of Woodvale Primary, spending all of their formative years as part of our school community. In 2011, Rohan Bewick became the first Woodvale graduate to play AFL football.
Woodvale staff continue to work together in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for their students. It is also vital to reinvigorate classroom teachers and to this end, professional development remains a top priority. Education is a collaborative process and communication between parents and teachers has been a feature of the school. 2018 presents both its challenges and opportunities. We look forward to meeting them.