About

playgroundAt Hazelwood North Primary School the staff, parents and community enjoy working together to provide a caring, supportive and dynamic learning environment that engages students, who work to achieve their personal best, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and co-operation. The school is proud of:

  • the positive playground and learning atmosphere at the school.
  • the strong community involvement in all aspects of school life.
  • the dedicated, caring and professional teachers and support staff.

Values

We believe these values/dispositions will serve our students well throughout life:

  • Responsibilty
  • Collaboration
  • Challenge
  • Resilience
  • Curiosity

Environmental Context

Social: Community and Demographics

  • Hazelwood North Primary School is located in a rural environment in the Latrobe Valley approximately 160 kilometres from Melbourne. The school is located seven kilometres from Morwell and five kilometres from Churchill.
  • The school, together with the local tennis club, form the hub of the local community.
  • The school has a student family occupation index of 0.4115
  • The school also has a low proportion of students from non English speaking backgrounds. Many of the families work in the power industry or as contractors servicing the power industry. The unemployment rate amongst parents is low.
  • The current enrolment is 125.
  • Approximately 70 students travel to school by bus, the rest travel by private car. Most students live in Hazelwood North. The school also draws students from Churchill, Morwell and Traralgon. Parents are choosing the school because of the positive playground and classroom behaviour, the excellent teachers, the educational programs and the programs for students with disabilities.
  • The school has an enthusiastic and professional staff. In 2017 the staff comprises of the Principal, six grade teachers, three part time specialist teachers and three support staff.
  • The school has strong community support in all aspects of school life. School Council and Parents’ Club provide strong support and advice to the principal, teachers and students.

Educational

  • The school has a focus on teaching and learning which endeavours to provide a learning environment that is supportive of all students needs.
  • In 2017, there are six classes, specialist programs are offered in Visual Art, Performing Art, Physical Education and Library.
  • We also have a Whole School Language program teaching students Chinese (Mandarin) language and culture.
  • In 2017 the major focus of the Annual Implementation Plan is on developing students as 21st Century Learners. This includes a focus on James Nottingham’s work on ‘Challenging Learning’. We are also focusing on further developing and enhancing school structures around curriculum planning and documentation and coaching programs with staff.
  • The school is an active member of the Yinnar and District Sports Association and Churchill Cluster of schools.
  • Sporting activities, excursions, camps and visiting speakers are an integral part of the school program.

Environmental – grounds and facilities

  • The multipurpose hall provides an excellent facility for assemblies, wet weather activities and performances.
  • A three classroom and flexible learning building allows for greater flexibility in student learning spaces.
  • The art/craft area also has a teacher resources section and a student kitchen where cooking activities can take place.
  • Landscaping and grounds maintenance are an ongoing project based on a whole school plan developed in cooperation with staff, students and wider school community.

Technology

  • All classrooms have a Promethean interactive white board for enhanced student interaction and engaged learning.
  • The school uses 60 laptops and two trolleys as well as iPads, Microsoft Surface RT’s & Web browsing monitors  to support 21st century learning and flexibility within the school environment.
  • We have the use of a Polycom videoconferencing unit to support our languages program and provide a means for staff and students to communicate with others.