Established in 1961, Avondale Primary School is located on an attractive, well maintained site, close to all amenities, approximately 10 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.
This school is situated in an area surrounded on three sides by the Maribyrnong River. The school has strong links with the local community and supports a range of community activities.
Enrolments have been progressively increasing since the mid 1990s to the current 2020 figure of 452. As a medium sized school we have the benefit of being able to provide a broad curriculum whilst still retaining a personal relationship with every student and family. The school is able to provide a stable environment in which every student feels safe, happy and motivated to learn.
Student achievement is the primary motivation and measure of the school’s success.
Although academic achievement is an important measure of student success, it also includes student participation in a wide range of artistic, sporting, civic and cultural activities as well as the development of self-knowledge and personal values. (See School Philosophy and Values)
Staff and Professional Learning
In 2020 we have 29 teaching staff and 17 educational support staff employed at this school. The professional development of staff to constantly improve their teaching effectiveness is a key strategy in improving learning outcomes for students. Curriculum planning, sharing good practice, moderation and evaluation are carried out in professional learning communities(PLCs). Opportunities to discuss teaching practice and theory are timetabled weekly.
Avondale Primary School has a current enrolment of 452 students. There are eleven classes in the Junior Department (Prep-Grade 2) and nine classes in the Senior Department (Grade 3-6).
Each Department has professional learning teams supported by the school leadership team, specialist teachers and student wellbeing coordinator.
The school provides specialist classes in LOTE (Italian), Physical Education and Art (Visual & Performing). ICT and library is taught by the classroom teachers.
We are also an accredited school under the Department of Education and Training’s CRICOS registration for international students and currently have 8 enrolments.
An active School Council that meets at least eight times each year supported by five sub committees. Parents are encouraged to participate in school governance and policy development.
Avondale students enjoy a range of facilities and resources. The two original school buildings include our administration area, classrooms, a library, multipurpose rooms and meeting rooms. The new building houses the school’s art room, multipurpose room and canteen. In 2017 a music room was created.
The grounds are secure and comprise garden areas, passive and active recreation areas and an oval. There is a modern adventure playground for junior and senior classes covered by shade sails, a sand pit and student vegetable garden.
The school has recently been allocated $9.02 million as part of the Victorian Government's $1.18 billion education infrastructure Building Works package. The capital works program is at the forefront of the Education State reforms, which are providing students and teachers across Victoria with 21st century learning facilities.
A subcommittee of School Council is currently working in consultation with the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA and DET) to develop plans for this funding.