Pascoe Vale South Primary School (PVSPS) was established and officially opened on February 2nd 1954 as 350 War Service Homes were being constructed in the area. Pascoe Vale South Primary school is located 10 kilometres north of the city of Melbourne and is a well established residential area adjacent to the Tullamarine Freeway.
The school’s enrolment figures have remained steady over a number of years with a current enrolment of 324 students.
Our purpose is to ensure that all students will belong, learn and thrive within our school, local and global communities, by fostering a safe and nurturing environment reflecting our values of Caring, Learning, Enjoyment and Respect. We provide an engaging learning environment with a strong commitment to developing the Literacy and Numeracy skills of all students.
Teaching and learning is delivered through a collaborative team approach that emphasises high expectations and the provision of targeted, engaging learning at the student’s point of need. Groupings within learning neighbourhoods are fluid in response to learning needs. Reasonable adjustments, including individual learning improvement plans, are implemented where required, to enable students to access the universal design of the teaching and learning in the school and achieve success. There are 14 home groups, organized within learning neighbourhoods, of up to two year level cohorts.
Our curriculum priorities of Literacy and Numeracy are enhanced through access to specialist programs for Visual Arts, Physical Education and Languages Other than English (Italian). Learning teams incorporate Performing Arts, Physical Education and Sport and inquiry units that include Humanities, Science, Interpersonal Learning, Technology and Communication. A range of technology and digital devices are utilised, and in Years 5 and 6 students are able to bring compatible personal digital devices to use.
Opportunities are provided for students to develop leadership skills through a number of initiatives and programs including a Buddy Program and Junior School Council.
The school has a strong reputation, in the local and wider communities, for academic excellence, engaged learning and the positive relationships and behaviour of its students.
The majority of students live locally to the school but an increasing number are from further afield.
The background of students reflects a cultural and socio-economic diversity with 36% of students having a Language Background other than English (LBOTE) and 11% having English as their Second Language (ESL). Students are living in families representing a cross section of parental occupation groups.
Current school facilities comprise a number of buildings that house our learning neighbourhoods. The 1950’s building houses the administration area, staffroom and the Year 4/5 learning neighbourhood; the 1960’s building houses two learning neighbourhoods – Year 1/2 and Year 6; the 2010 building houses the Prep and Year 3 learning neighbourhoods. There are also the following learning spaces – an art room, hall and Italian learning area and library.
The school community is actively engaged in the Rebuild4704 project to align our school facilities to 21st century teaching and learning.
The school community is supportive and works in partnership with the school to enhance teaching and learning for all students. There are opportunities for involvement at School Council and sub committees, in learning neighbourhoods through the Parent Helpers Program, as well as contributing to fundraising activities to further resource the teaching and learning programs. Whole school events, such as the Community Picnic, as well as events focused on specific groups within the school, such as the buddy program for Prep and Year 5 students, contribute to making PVSPS a place to belong, learn and thrive.