Message from the Principal

Welcome to the Solway Primary School website.  At Solway we recognise the importance of educating the ‘whole child’. A commitment to academic excellence sits alongside the development of creativity in our students. The global shift towards digital learning, programs and strategies that promote the key competencies required of 21st century learners are priorities for our school.

 

If you are a current member of our school community, we trust that you will find these pages informative and useful, whether you are checking details of upcoming events or seeking information about school activities, or accessing the Newsletter.  If you are a visitor, then we hope you enjoy reading about our school community and develop an understanding of Solway as a great place for learning and teaching.

 

$2.6 Million Capital Works

 

Our $2.6 million Capital Works program is nearing completion, providing a new Performing Arts Centre, Science Centre, Year 5/6 Learning Hub and other learning spaces. The facilities offer flexible learning spaces for 21st century learners, including staff work spaces and much needed storage.   


As a 5 Star Sustainable School under the ResourceSmart Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI Vic), Solway has completed the required practices and is performing at 5 Star 'Leadership' level.  We are very proud of our sustainability achievements; however our journey continues.  In 2015 we achieved our re-accreditation as a 5 Star School, with our Sustainability teams – parents, staff and students, working hard to extend our achievements in the 5 areas of Water, Waste, Energy, Biodiversity and Curriculum. A successful ‘Communities for Nature’ Grant will enable us to extend the Wildlife Corridor, while the whole school Inquiry throughline of ‘Sustainability’ ensures that this remains a focus for classroom studies across the school.


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Our sustainability initiatives are achieved with the valued support and expertise of members of the wider school community. We are indeed fortunate to have a school community which is actively involved in many aspects of school life, including School Council. We appreciate the involvement of many parents who give generously of their time and energy.  As a part of the Solway community families enjoy a warm and friendly environment, where the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Integrity are embedded into everything we do.

 

With a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy, Solway implements a developmental curriculum across the school, using the newly developed Victorian Curriculum. Regular reviewing of our Whole School Assessment Schedule ensures we have accurate information about student learning progress to place them along the developmental continua in Literacy and Numeracy and plan effective learning interventions. This approach is recognised as critical for continuous improvement.

 

The school uses an Inquiry learning approach, with an increasing focus on Asia Literacies. Our developing ‘Engage with Asia’ program ensures we encourage students to explore the history, geography, arts, economics and culture of our neighbouring countries in Asia. Specialist classes in Japanese language and the annual Japanese homestay program are part of our ongoing engagement with Japanese culture at all levels. In 2016, a group of students and staff are heading off on our second Study Tour in China for 2 ½ weeks. We expect that they will return with many experiences and insights to share about Chinese people and culture.

 

Students are encouraged to take an active role in their learning, by working with their teachers to set learning goals which are personalised, short and long term and carefully monitored. As students progress through the school this becomes more formalised.  Year 5 and 6 students are responsible for monitoring their progress towards set goals and for presenting their achievements to parents as part of the Student Led Conferences (SLCs). From 2014, students in Prep – 6 have been supported to participate in these SLCs, demonstrating an increasing responsibility for their learning as they move through the school.

 

The school is committed to developing the leadership capacity of our students, by recognising their strengths and providing opportunities to practise their leadership skills in a range of ways. All students in Years 5 and 6 are expected to take on areas of responsibility and are supported in their decision making. These students also participate in Public Speaking and Debating programs which develop confidence and skills in these important aspects of leadership.

 

The Student Representative Council (SRC) comprises students from Years 3 to 6, who come together under the guidance of a staff member to manage civic responsibility (social service) activities and fundraising by the students. They make decisions about which charities to support and coordinate student involvement. The SRC also liaises with classes to collate student feedback on issues important to them and provide an avenue for student voice throughout the school. They regularly report their activities to the School Council.

 

Solway boasts a computer student ratio of almost 1:1 with students having easy access to mobile devices, laptops and iPads. From the beginning of 2016 students in Years 1 to 6 are invited to participate in our 1:1 iPad Program. Along with the interactive whiteboards in each classroom, mobile technologies are interactive and engaging and are essential tools for each student to master. They allow the curriculum to be personalised and encourage students to be creative and innovative with their learning.

 

The school’s programs are designed to foster the natural creativity in all students, with Performing and Visual Arts part of the weekly program. Science and Technology are important components of the curriculum and we encourage our students to participate in scientific exploration and design.


A designated Science Centreand Science teacher, offer a rich curriculum in this important area. Solway boasts School Awards in 9 of the past 12 years in the Science Talent Search. The Science Talent Search (STS) is an annual, science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria, Australia. Science Talent Search fits closely with the Victorian Curriculum philosophy of teaching and learning. Our STS entries are displayed at the school’s annual Science Fair. We are very proud of the talented and innovative designs created by our students.

 

The promotion of healthy eating and living extends from classroom programs to healthy initiatives such as Ride2School Day and the Active After School Communities program. Encouraging students to be active is a priority, supported by the Physical Education classes, weekly Running Club, sporting activities and suggestions for the regular Homework requirements.

 

Solway has partnered with 'The Resiliance Project' to implement programs that develop resilience and positive mental health outcomes for students.

 

The Solway community is proud of its attractive and well maintained buildings and grounds, with an abundance of beautiful trees and varied play spaces. Recent renovations at our Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) Hall have provided and excellent facility for our popular OSHC program.

 

School tours for prospective parents occur in Term 2 and 3, on a Tuesday morning at 9:30am. Appointments are necessary and can be made through the School Office. A copy of the Prep 2018 Orientation / Transition Calendar is available on this website.

 

If you wish to find out more about our school, please contact the Office or email us on solway.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au to arrange a tour or have an Information Pack sent out. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Julie Wilkinson

Principal