Tecoma Primary School is situated in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges on Melbourne’s Outer-Eastern fringe, central to the township of Tecoma.
The school opened as a part time school with Menzies Creek, in a two room shack called the “Pines.” The name of the school changed from Upper Ferntree Gully, to Upwey, then Belgrave and finally Tecoma in 1961. Since its opening Tecoma Primary has established a proud history of providing high quality education to students that are drawn predominantly from Tecoma, Belgrave and Upwey.
Tecoma Primary School is an integral part of the community and has developed and maintains an excellent reputation. It strongly emphasises the importance of a close home-school partnership. This emphasis is reflected in the day-to-day involvement of parents in school activities and participation in decision-making. Families are generally very supportive of the school and each other. A genuine feeling of community spirit surrounds the school, with school facilities often being used after hours by other community groups.
The school has a current enrolment of 391 students.
At Tecoma Primary School, we value: Respect, Integrity, Learning, Creativity, Personal Best and Community.
Our school values are woven through our classrooms and our learning, and we celebrate students’ achievements through the values they demonstrate with their Student of the Week awards!
Tecoma Primary School provides a balanced and inclusive curriculum, meeting children’s academic, social and emotional needs and levels of development.
Following a strong Transition Program from preschool, the school offers a comprehensive and sequential Victorian curriculum.
Digital Technologies are integrated into classroom practice via a school wide network, supported by laptops, notebooks and iPads, in classrooms.
Acknowledging the diversity of learning styles, interests and talents, the school provides a wide range of enrichment opportunities including:
- Thinking outside the box extension program which includes children from neighbouring schools
- Reading Room supporting 48 children in Grades 1 to 6
- Swimming, sporting clinics, interschool sports
- 3 – 6 camping program
- Dads/Mates Breakfast
- Instrumental and percussion music, choir, school band, musical productions
- Tecoma Pre-school – Year 4 Buddies Program
- Prep-Year 5 Buddies
- Restorative Practices
- Life Education
- Year 6 Student Leadership Program – School Captains, House Captains, Junior School Council, Music, Science, Computer, Environment and Art Captains
- Curriculum based incursions / excursions
- Chess Club
- University of New South Wales Testing
- Before and After School Care Program
- Science Progam
Tecoma Primary School provides a broad curriculum that ensures opportunities and successes for all children. Our school has a reputation for its positive, caring environment which promotes and celebrates endeavour and the pursuit of excellence.
We promote excellence in learning by providing quality programs that challenge and interest all students.
Tecoma fosters the development of self-esteem, confidence, independence and co-operative skills.
The Victorian Curriculum Foundation (Prep) – 10 (F – 10) sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.
The Victorian Curriculum F-10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards.
The design of the Victorian Curriculum F-10 is set out below:
· Media Arts
· Visual Arts
· Visual Communication DesignEnglish
Health and Physical EducationThe Humanities
· Civics and Citizenship
· Economics and Business
· Design and Technologies
· Digital Technologies
|Critical and Creative Thinking
Personal and Social
- Cross Curricular Learning in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and Sustainability spans across all curriculum areas.
See http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/ for more detailed information about the Victorian Curriculum.
The Victorian Curriculum matches the level to the grade as follows:
Foundation Level – First year of school (Prep)
Level 1 – Grade 1
Level 2 – Grade 2
Level 3 – Grade 3
Level 4 – Grade 4
Level 5 – Grade 5
Level 6 – Grade 6
Tecoma Primary School places particular emphasis on the development of Literacy and Numeracy skills.
We have specialist staff operating comprehensive programs in the areas of:
- Reading Room Literacy Support (Grade P-6)
- QuickSmart Maths (Grade 4-6)
- Visual Arts
- Performing Arts – Music
- LOTE – Japanese
- Physical Education
All students attend weekly Science & Library sessions.
The use of Digital Technologies (laptops, desktops, iPads, interactive white boards) is interwoven into the Curriculum to enhance and optimise student learning.
All students have the opportunity to participate in a range of educational programs and activities including:
- Swimming Program
- Camps and Excursions
- School Productions
- Bike Education
- Perceptual Motor Program
- Garden Club
- Chess Club
- Drawing Club
- Inter school Sport
- House Sports in Cross Country, Swimming & Athletics
Staff of 2017
Rohan Thompson – Principal
Di Double – Assistant Principal
Karin Hartnell – Business Manager
Heather Lynch – Office Manager
Anthea Cresswell – Office Administrator
Lauren Kennedy – Prep Team Leader & Prep Classroom Teacher
Hayley Ward – Prep Classroom Teacher
Shelley Smith – Prep Classroom Teacher
Paulina van Elmpt – Year 1/2 Team Leader & Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Kathy Perushyn – Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Laura Rawnsley – Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Ivonne Nieuweboer – Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Chelsey Robins – Grade 2 Classroom Teacher
Lauren Cassidy – Grade 2 Classroom Teacher
Sylvia Graham – Grade 3 Classroom Teacher
Trevor Wilson – Grade 3 Classroom Teacher
Cassandra Venten – Grade 4 Classroom Teacher
Phillip Darbyshire – Leading Teacher, 3/4 Team Leader & Grade 4 Classroom Teacher
Monica Griffiths – Year 5/6 Team Leader & Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Stuart McLean – Leading Teacher & Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Deborah Langford – Grade 6 Classroom Teacher
Lisa Hoskins-Faul – Grade 6 Classroom Teacher
Jane McManamon – Art Teacher
Sally Connell – Music Teacher
Nicole Cumming – Physical Education Teacher
Masae Uekusa – Japanese Teacher
Abbey Morgan – Reading Room Coordinator
Gemma Porter – Grade 1 & Grade 3 Classroom Teacher
Kath Young – Quick Smart Tutor and Integration Aide
Megan Wilson – Quick Smart Tutor and Integration Aide
Chris Dykes – OSHC Coordinator
Adelle Young – OSHC Assistant
Brigid McDonnell – OSHC Assistant
Tecoma Primary School Council
The School Council is the governing body of the school and supports the Principal and Teaching Staff in ensuring our school delivers on its mission statement which is:
“At Tecoma, we strive to create a responsive co-operative, innovative, teaching and learning environment. We aim for development of the whole person as a committed lifelong learner who embraces self-development, achievement and contributes to their community.”
It is a representative body, with a membership comprising of both parents and teachers reflecting the important partnership between the school and home.
Elections are conducted during Term 1 each year and elected members are on School Council for a two year term.
Your 2017 School Councillors
The school council is made up of seven parent members (4 executive) and 4 DET members all of whom work together as a team.
President Fiona Green
Vice President Danielle O’Brien
Secretary Kelly Machin
Treasurer Simone Sultana
Paulina van Elmpt