About Yarra Road Primary School
To develop confident, engaged learners with the cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills to connect them to their expanding world.
The following values are seen to be integral to the life of our school:
To be caring and compassionate and value the rights, opinions and feelings of others.
To be responsible for our own words and actions and to be honest with each other.
To always do our very best to achieve our goals.
To believe we can do it.
To be able to bounce back again and to be positive.
In our school community these values are demonstrated when:
- All decisions made are based on the premise of improved outcomes for all students.
- Students, teachers and parents feel that they are treated fairly at all times.
- Partnerships between students, staff, parents and the wider community are fostered and valued.
- Success and effort are acknowledged and celebrated.
- Students have the opportunity to learn in a positive, dynamic, motivating and caring environment.
- Students are expected to take responsibility for their learning and their behaviour.
- Students and teachers are expected to achieve their personal best.
- Students are encouraged to take responsible and calculated risks.
- Students, teachers and parents are encouraged to believe that they can achieve their goals and their dreams.
- Students, teachers and parents respect and value the individual differences of all members of our community.
- Students, teachers and parents display a resilient nature realising that not everything goes as planned and are prepared to negotiate and compromise a solution.
Parents and staff are committed to encourage all children to achieve their maximum potential, intellectually, physically, emotionally, culturally and socially by promoting a safe, caring and purposeful school environment.
Yarra Road Primary School began in a single classroom with four students in 1925. Prior to this the local children travelled by foot or horse to Wonga Park Primary School. In 1925 a Miss Alice G. Broad was appointed as the first teacher at the school which was set amongst the gum trees and native flora of its current site.
In 1948, the school residence was erected and was first occupied by the Head Teacher, Mr G. Collis, his wife and five children. The school remained as a one teacher school until 1958 when a second classroom was opened and the first assistant teacher was appointed. Three more classrooms and a teachers’ room were added in 1969 and the netball court was built in 1972.
Over the years the students at Yarra Road Primary School have achieved many successes, both academically and on the sporting field, an area in which the school has a strong history.
In 1989 a retired Preston line W2 class tram was relocated to the front of the school. This tram was used to shelter students from the weather and provide them with a play area. It quickly became a feature of the school which was affectionately known as ” the school with the tram” throughout the district. Unfortunately, age and the difficulty in obtaining replace-ment panels caught up with the “Old W2” requiring its removal in 2003.
Whilst the school’s enrolments gradually increased through the 1970s and 1980s, Yarra Road continued to have a country school atmosphere well into the next decade. With the growth of the area throughout the 1990s and this decade the Department of Education realised that the school‘s facilities needed upgrading and a two stage building program was started. The first stage, which consisted of the new block of seven classrooms and student toilets, was completed in 2001 and the second stage that added the administration block, gymnasium, library and canteen was finished two years later.
In the early hours of Thursday 5th August 2004, a school fire destroyed four of the older classrooms and their adjoining resource areas. Outstanding work from the Wonga Park CFA prevented the fire from spreading to the new classroom blocks and whilst the devastation caused was overwhelming, a cheer broke out as one of the fireman emerged from the smoky ruins with five newly born chickens alive and well. With great support from our neighbour-ing schools and businesses, the school set out to rebuild the lost classrooms and replace the resources that had built up over many years. It was through this time that the people of Yarra Road really showed their community spirit as they all worked feverishly to get the school operational again.
The School, which now has an enrolment of approximately 360 students, proudly continues to provide quality education, sporting and social experiences for it’s students and community. We believe that our motto “Enjoying The Road To Success” encapsulates the history, culture, achievements and hopes for the future of all students, teachers and community members who have made Yarra Road Primary School the school it is today and will continue to begin in the future.
Turner House (RED)
Mr Turner was the first landowner of the Croydon Dis-trict in 1840s
Gatter House (GREEN)
Mr Gatter owned the school land and surrounds prior to 1883
Power House (YELLOW)
Thomas Power was also a land owner of the school site. The land was purchased from him for the school in 1901.
Wilson was the name of a bus company that operated along Yarra Road in the 1930s
All government schools in Victoria have a school council. The school council is the group of people who govern the school. It is given the power to set the key directions for the school, and is a legal entity in its own right. A school council directly influences the quality of education that a school provides to its students.
The role of school council is outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. In essence, the role of school council is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation.
Membership of the School Council at Yarra Road Primary School consists of 15 Councillors – 8 Parents, 5 Department of Education & Early Childhood Development (DEEDC) representatives (i.e., Teachers) and 2 Community members – typically nominees from the Parent’s Association. The school Principal always occupies one of the DEEDC positions.
Each year approximately half the councillors retire and elections are held in March to elect new Councillors. Councillors are nominated and elected to membership for 2 year terms by the School Community in accordance with the DEEDC guidelines. Details of the election procedure and a call for nominations are published in the school newsletter and published on the school website in February of each year.
There are no prerequisites for school council membership. Parent members on school council bring their experience as parents at the school and the views of the wider school community to school council meetings. DEECD employees bring their educational expertise to school council meetings. An interest in your child’s education is all that is required. School Council meets in our Staff Room on a Monday evening at least eight times a year and meetings are normally around 1½ hours in duration but depends on the amount of business to be covered.
In addition to being a member on school council, the Councillor is typically a member of one or more sub committees, each responsible for a key area of administration. Currently these sub committees are: – Education, Finance, Publicity, Fundraising, Building and Grounds, Uniform, After School Care and Canteen.
School Council encourages the use of specific skill-sets which exist in the school community, but may not be part of School Council. These Community members often bring a particular skill to school council. As an example, they might bring building skills or some other skill that the school is looking for at that time, and as such can become a member of a sub committee and share their experience and knowledge for the good of the school.
THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOL COUNCIL INCLUDE:
- developing the strategic plan (the document that tells people what our school wants to achieve in the future and how we plans to get there);
- approving the annual budget (the financial plan for the calendar year that tells people how our school is going to provide money so we can implement its strategic plan in that year);
- setting and reviewing policies (guiding principles designed to influence decisions, actions that our school makes);
- developing, reviewing and monitoring both the Student Code of Conduct (how the school expects students to behave, how bullying will be managed and the school’s approach to managing student behaviour) and the School Dress Code (this includes how students are expected to dress during school hours including traveling to and from school, and any arrangement with clothing suppliers that the school might enter into);
- raising money for things that the school needs. This function is typically handled by the Yarra Road Parents Association which reports directly to School Council.
- making sure the school’s grounds and buildings are maintained;
- entering into contracts for things like cleaning the school or a school council building project;
- creating interest in the school within the community; and
- involvement in principal selection.
The School Council sets the tone of the school and drives development of a shared vision. The Council must maintain accountability through appropriate mechanisms, and understand and respond to its community – in partnership with the school executive and leadership team, it is the driving force for the advancement of the school.
Active participation on the School Council from parents in the school community is very important to the school and its ability to provide a quality educational environment for your child. Even if you are not on, or interested in being on the council, it is important to be involved in the nomination and election process because the councillors are your representatives. Find out who the councillors are and be sure to speak to them about your thoughts, ideas and concerns for the school.