Welcome to Penshurst Primary School, Victoria
Penshurst Primary School was established at its present site on the Penshurst Warrnambool Road in 1963 after having served the community for 105 years in a bluestone building at a nearby site. Situated at the foot of Mount Rouse in a prime wool growing area approximately 30 kilometres south east of Hamilton, the school has a current enrolment of ten students .
A high priority is the provision of a firm foundation in literacy and numeracy and children are encouraged to strive for excellence at all times. In this small school, a caring family atmosphere is nurtured, each child is recognised as a unique individual and self-confidence is consciously developed. Courtesy, care and concern for others, maturity, self-motivation and discipline are strong features of the school.
The school operates as two classrooms in the morning and a single P-6 class in the afternoons, during which cross age tutoring is a feature. All areas of the Victorian Curriculum are taught with the school having 3 teachers and a Business Manager/Teacher Aide. Children have access to their own personal iPad whilst at school, these are provided by the school.
Our library programs are enhanced by weekly visits from the Mobile Area Resource Centre van (MARC van) and part of our Rurality Staffing component is utilised in the provision of Art/Craft, Music and Physical Education. Swimming programs are held twice a year, the first being at the Penshurst swimming pool early term 1 followed by our winter swimming program at the Hamilton Indoor Leisure Aquatic Centre midterm three. Other extracurricular activities supported by the school include camps, tennis lessons, and sport days with other local schools, music lessons and also participating in local theatre productions.
The schools buildings consist of two classrooms incorporating a well established library, a technology room, and an Art/Craft room, set in 4 hectares of grounds. The playing area is attractively treed with the recent addition of new play ground equipment with well-maintained lawns and an ongoing tree-planting program has been established. A school plantation adjoins the playing area and is used for environmental studies. A community garden is currently being planned next to the school grounds.
A weekly newsletter keeps parents informed of events in both the school and the wider community.
Principal, Mrs. Fiona Hermon.