Welcome

Upwey Primary School is situated in the Dandenong Ranges approximately thirty-five kilometres to the east of Melbourne. Our school offers a quality education with a wide variety of exciting educational opportunities for students and parents in the local district.

Please feel free to explore our website and/or pay a visit to see why we are so proud of our school.

School Front

Principal’s Message

Dear Reader,

Thank you for visiting the Upwey Primary School web site. Our school is an integral part of the Upwey Community. In partnership with our parents, our goal is to foster and promote the academic, social and personal development of our students in a happy, secure and stimulating environment.

We are very proud of our achievements and the high regard in which the school is held. We offer a range of excellent programs, with a strong emphasis on the core subjects of English and Mathematics. We also provide well developed and implemented programs covering the remaining Domains of the VELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards):

  • The Arts (Visual and Performing)
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Physical, Personal and Social Learning
  • Languages Other Than English (German)
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • ICT (Information and Communications Technology)

Context

Upwey Primary School is situated in the Dandenong Ranges, approximately thirty-five kilometres to the east of Melbourne. The school was established in 1934 and has a current enrolment of just under 100 students. The “old” double storey building was officially opened in 1947. Upwey Primary School offers our students an attractive setting, extensive grounds and a variety of playgrounds. We have modern buildings and are located on a natural picturesque site that takes advantage of the beauty of the Dandenong Ranges. All of the buildings are located on a level section of land adjacent to Burwood Highway.

The school has been involved in “Sustainable Schools” and “Environmental Education” initiatives and a number of programs including composting, recycling and water saving approaches have been established. The development of these programs has continued through 2011 and 2012 with the involvement in the ResourceSmart AuSSi Vic Sustainability Program through CERES as our facilitator.

Our school is adjacent to Upwey High School and near the Upwey Pre-school. Close co-operation and interaction exists between the schools/pre-school as a result of regular transition activities. The relationship produces an ideal climate and a seamless transition through all levels of education.

Upwey Primary School is committed to continuous improvement and strives towards achieving excellence with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills. Extensive Inquiry Learning Units have been developed to support the provision of learning programs within the curriculum whilst providing opportunities to address multiple intelligences across all year levels. A commitment to integrating Information and Communications Technology is demonstrated and supported by the use of interactive whiteboards in all classrooms as well as a computer lab and classroom computers available for learning groups.

Upwey Primary School is characterised by its community oriented approach, pastoral care and a desire to incorporate extracurricular opportunities into the curriculum. The school works towards greater support for healthy lifestyles and a sustainable environment, including the development of a school vegetable garden and associated student kitchen. As a Tribes Learning Community we are committed t to encouraging social competencies and valuing the interaction of children with each other in a safe and supportive environment.

We encourage and demonstrate high levels of community involvement in programs. Being a small school we provide a caring and nurturing environment with very much a community feel. Consequently we are well-placed to be able to establish a personal and responsive relationship with our students and their families. The provision of support and, where necessary, specifically targeted welfare programs, developed and implemented in consultation with parents and specialist support personnel, is a particular strength of our school.

This web site contains details of our school organisation. As such, it will hopefully be an aid to communication and a handy reference when questions arise about everyday organisational matters. However, there are bound to be instances in which the information you need will not have been included. If, and when, this is the case, please do not hesitate to contact the school either by telephone or in person. I am sure that you will find that all staff members are keen to converse with you and to deal with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Malcolm Aspinall,

Principal

Trivia Night, Saturday 2nd August

TRIVIA NIGHT

Onesie & PJ Day

Days of Old

80th Anniversary 1934 – 2014 Upwey Primary School has had its fair share of ups and downs. We are still here, providing excellent opportunities for all of our students and the community. Here are a couple of old newspaper articles that we found in the archives.