Upwey South Primary School warmly invites your family to join our school community. As an inclusive school, we welcome students of all year levels, abilities, and nationalities.
When selecting a school for your child, it is important that you are able to make an informed decision. Therefore, we highly recommend touring the school in person.
To book a private school tour, or to discover our next public open day contact us here.
Making an informed decision for your child’s education
Prior to attending a school tour, please make reference to the following document:
Note: The School Information Booklet makes reference to an Appendix. Each item from the Appendix is provided as a separate document below.
Our School’s Instructional Model
Our school-wide Instructional Model (how we teach) is based upon direct-explicit instruction. The following documents provide you with an overview of how our lessons are structured:
Emergency Management Information
Each government primary school is expected to provide their community with succinct information relating to the management of potential emergencies. Summary documents are available below:
Our Foundation Transition Program is designed to support you and your child build confidence, relationships and knowledge of our school through a series of dedicated sessions.
With an aim to help your child settle happily into school, sessions may include:
- A parent information evening – for answers to all your questions
- Transition to school sessions – held throughout Term Four, providing an opportunity to meet other new students and our teachers in modified classes
- Curriculum information sessions- providing you with details as to how Literacy, Numeracy, and Social-Emotional Wellbeing are explicitly taught within our curriculum.
- A Teddy Bear Picnic – an opportunity to meet some older buddies and enjoy a picnic under the trees
From 2020 onwards, all primary school transition programs should be based upon the newly introduced Department of Education and Training (DET) guidelines:
Moving to a new area and school can be a stressful time for families and children. We support students and families during this transition process and ensure that they’re given the space and confidence to make new friends.
Our support is not just for your child. We will also support your family as you become familiar with the amazing area in which we reside.
When should my child start prep?
To start primary school your child will need to turn five years of age by 30 April of the year that they start school. Your child must be at school in the year that they turn six years of age – this is the compulsory school starting age.
I live outside of the designated school zone. Can I have a tour of your school?
Neighbourhood Zones were introduced by the Department of Education and Training (DET) at the commencement of 2020, in order to balance enrolments across geographical areas.
With particular reference to Upwey South Primary School, the demographics within our designated zone allow for our school to accept a certain number of enrolments each year who reside outside of our zone.
Given the high demand for enrolments across our school, families who reside outside of our designated school zone are encouraged to promptly make contact with the school, and are welcome to attend a school tour.
To book a private tour of the school please contact us on 03 9757 0200.
Will my child be paired with a buddy (learning mentor) when they begin schooling?
In short, the answer is Yes.
Upwey South Primary School is an inclusive and supportive community. Each student who joins our school (Year One- Year Six) is set up with a series of buddies from across their year level. These buddies help them out with the day-to-day happenings of the school, such as recess breaks, locating learning tools, and a physical orientation of the school.
Each Foundation student is paired with a Year Five student who they meet with once a week during dedicated ‘Learning Mentor’ sessions, which are supervised by classroom teachers.
How many students are at your school?
At the February 2019 Census date, there were 251 students enrolled at our school.
How many classes are there at Upwey South Primary School?
In 2020 we have 12 classes of students:
- 2 Foundation (Prep) classes
- 2 Year One classes
- 2 Year Two classes
- 3 Year Three/Four classes
- 3 Year Five/Six classes
What specialist classes do you offer?
Our specialist program includes a mix of languages, arts, performing arts and physical education. You can read more about these here.
What co-curricular activities are available for my child to participate in?
There is full range of activities and clubs that appeal to a wide variety of student interests including singing, music, sport, academia and culture. You can read more about these here.
When is the closing date for enrolments?
You may enrol at any time throughout the year.
For Foundation enrolments, we request for you to please submit your enrolment by July of the year prior to your child commencing school. This will assist our school in planning for future staffing needs.