About Us - Our School

Lower Plenty PS is a happy school with high expectations. At Lower Plenty we are very aware of the need to make each student feel special. Our size enables every child to be well-known to staff and other students. The school has a healthy balance of male and female teachers. The school has a genuinely bright and positive atmosphere. With more than 140 years of history behind it, Lower Plenty is large enough to be able to provide comprehensive programs yet small enough to provide more personal care, attention and valuing of the individual. Students are able to experience things they may not have the opportunity to at larger schools. For example, many of our students represent the school in inter-school sport from Year 3. Our School Values are Care, Honesty, Achievement, Respect, Responsibility and Fun.

Lower Plenty has consistently achieved above state average results in state-wide testing. See these results for yourself at www.myschool.edu.au

The value the community places on the preservation of the natural environment is reflected in our spacious landscaped grounds planted with native species. The fenced off grounds consist of a grassed sports oval with artificial turf cricket pitch, a large artificial turf basketball/rounders court, two asphalt play areas, a variety of safe adventure playground equipment and extensive shade covered areas.

In 2009 we received confirmation from the Federal Economic Stimulus Plan Team for a Rural Replacement School building project which was completed in 2011. This is exciting for our school as it guarantees our long term viability and provides our students and teachers with modern and progressive teaching and learning spaces. Families and visitors are also received in a much more attractive and practical entrance and reception area. Families in the area will have the option to attend a virtual new school that still maintains a comfortable enrolment size, has great programs and learning outcomes and vast outdoor play areas.

The school offers a challenging, comprehensive and relevant curriculum to all our students. Teachers use this document to plan throughout the year. Our Educational program has a major emphasis of sound foundations in Literacy and Numeracy skills. Specialist programs are provided for Japanese Language, Music, Visual and Performing Arts and Physical Education. Additional programs include Reading Intervention, School Rock Band, Performing Arts Concerts, Music Keyboard, Guitar, Drums, Dance, Gymnastics, Buddy Program, Cross-Age Tutoring, Interschool Sport, Swimming, PMP, Student Choice, Chess Program and a Camping Program(P-6). New Preps are thoroughly prepared for school life with an extensive Transition Program.

Additional support staff include a student welfare officer, psychologist, speech pathologist, visiting school nurse, volunteers and a part-time computer Technician. Our school community comes together for a variety of fun-filled and family orientated events including the school's annual Car Boot Sale, Parent/Staff Nights, Working Bees, Open School Days, Movie Nights, Teddy Bear Evenings, Book Week Celebrations, Education Week Celebrations and Community Festivals.

Our Outdoor Education Program consists of:
Prep - Breakfast at School
Grade 1 - Dinner at School
Grade 2 - School Sleepover
Grade 3-6 - Overnight camps/tours to various venues

The Before and After School Care program welcomes all children from Lower Plenty Primary School. The program is terrific for working parents. It is a place where children can go outside school hours to play and relax and do homework in a safe and stimulating environment.

We recognise that for each student's learning to be optimised, a close partnership needs to exist between parents and teachers. Our school actively encourages, welcomes and involves parents in school life. Participation in classroom programs, working bees, Parents and Friends Association and the School Council, are some ways in which parents are able to express their talents and interests.

We encourage prospective families to call the school and arrange a personalised tour. For further information about Lower Plenty Primary School please contact us on 9435-2585 or email us at lower.plenty.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au


Regards,

Mark Turnbull

Principal