Kingsbury Primary School was established in 1960 to cater for the community along the Plenty Road corridor. We serve the local and wider neighbourhoods as well as offering accredited study for international students connected with La Trobe University. A large number of our students come with a language other than English and we cater to many different nationalities. The school has 19 staff; including our Principal, 10 teachers, and eight Education Support Staff. The school has celebrated over 50 years of quality education in this small school setting. Our current enrolment is 150 students.
Kingsbury students have the opportunity to access lessons in Literacy, Mathematics, Science, The Arts, Sport and Physical Education, Indonesian and ICT. In 2018 our new ICT hub opened. Here students practise the digital skills required for 21stCentury learning. In 2019 we have a strong focus on the development of Science knowledge as part of our STEM program. Each year, students have the opportunity to participate in a school wide Art Show or Concert, enabling them to develop their Performance or Visual Art skills.
Kingsbury Primary has clearly defined values of Learning, Teamwork and Collaboration, Safety, Friendship and Respect. Our mission is for each student to become an independent, critical and co-operative learner. In 2017, the school, in conjunction with our local collegiate schools, began a relationship with Berry Street to implement the Berry Street Education Model. This model now forms the basis of our Engagement and Wellbeing Program. Each day, our students come to school ‘Ready to Learn’ with a commitment to their own learning, wellbeing and their relationships with others. These strong personal and interpersonal skills mean that our school is a safe, happy and enjoyable space for learning and growing.
The School Review of 2017 identified the following areas for development over the next four years:
- Improved literacy and numeracy skills for all students particularly English as an Additional Language (EAL) students.
- Increased student voice. For our students to become more active participants in their own learning.
Over the last three years, our results have steadily improved, due to the commitment of teachers and the high expectations we hold for student voice and agency in their own learning.