Bonbeach Primary School was established in 1958 in the City of Kingston, 35 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.
Bonbeach Primary School and Preschool is unique in the area having a Pre-school on the same site as the school providing 3 and 4 year old programs through to Year 6.
Every year is exciting as new students commence their time with us at the Pre-school or primary school. Enrolments this year have increased at both the primary school and preschool. There are currently 307 students at the Primary School. There are waiting lists for both 3 Year old and 4 Year old programs at the Pre-school. There are more housing development projects near the school that are bringing more families to our community.
Community participation is emphasised and encouraged in all activities at Bonbeach. It is a feature of our school. We have a very active parent group with School Council, Parents and Friends and parent volunteers involved in assisting in the classrooms, operating the canteen, developing our grounds and buildings and supporting the school.
The Strategic Plan developed in 2010 identified the following goals for the school:
- To improve student achievement in English and Mathematics
- To improve student learning outcomes through further development of teaching strategies and programs throughout the school.
- To increase students’ independence as personal learners
- To ensure transition from preschool to school and school to secondary college will be supportive, encouraging and accommodating for both students and families.
The school is working to continually improve its outcomes in these areas. A review of our strategic plan and directions will occur this year.
The school structure is co-educational and based largely on composite grades with a great deal of co-operative planning and interaction among all grades and sections. Our excellent core curriculum programs focus on developing individual student abilities in Literacy, Mathematics and Social Skills as cornerstones to success in all curriculum areas and society. They remain a strong focus in our curriculum. Other curriculum areas such as Science, Technology and Humanities are covered within our Integrated Studies program. Specialist programs are operating in Visual Arts, Indonesian, Music and Physical Education. Developing student abilities in Information Technology and Thinking Skills is carried out across the curriculum. Studies of Asia are also incorporated in our curriculum.
Bonbeach Primary School offers its students many opportunities to be actively involved in an extensive range of enrichment/co curricula activities such as:-
- Junior School Council and House System developing student leadership; “I Sea , I Care” promoting environmental awareness of the marine and surrounding environment;
- A school camping program from Years 4 to 6;
- Early morning Fitness Club
- Lunchtime Gardening Club and Chess Club
- Concert and instrumental music performances;
- Inter-school competitions in athletics, swimming and summer and winter sports from Grade 4. Students also participate in a whole school swimming program in term 1;
- Transition programs from (Pre-school – Preparatory including “buddies” from older grades and Year 6 – 7).
- Active encouragement to be involved in Community Projects
The permanent facilities consist of a recently refurbished LTC building including an on-site Pre-School and a new BER building, both of which provide excellent flexible learning spaces to further facilitate individualised learning. Bonbeach Primary School also includes a canteen, parents’ meeting facility and Visual Arts Centre. The school hall once belonged to Bonbeach High School/TAFE College. This now belongs to the primary school and has proved to be an excellent facility. It is used extensively for the delivery of school programs and hired to the broader community. We have just completed a refurbishment process improving staging facilities and major maintenance tasks.
The community is very proud of its extensive grounds that provide quiet shaded areas, a large oval, basketball and netball courts, an Asian Garden which is also used as an outdoor quiet learning area, an outside stage and senior and junior playgrounds. They remain a feature of the school, particularly in the provision of high quality sporting and recreational areas for the students and local community.