ST ALBANS MEADOWS PRIMARY SCHOOL
ABOUT ST ALBANS MEADOWS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Every student has the ability to learn.
This happens best in a flexible, happy, positive and caring environment where students are actively involved and where they see purpose in their learning.
Programs must be designed to cater for different learning styles and learning rates.
The achievement of high academic standards is important, but this should be balanced with the development of confidence, self-esteem, cooperation and tolerance.
Students can and should accept responsibility for their own learning, behaviour and work completion.
Students should be constantly challenged to improve their knowledge, skills and understandings.
Pride in performance should be encouraged.
St. Albans Meadows Primary School was established in 1980. Our school is situated in the City of Brimbank, approximately fifteen kilometres to the west of Melbourne, just beyond the Western Ring Road. The community, which is somewhat isolated by the Ring Road and other major roads, is dominated by the Grantham Green housing estate, which is now quite well established.
Many young families occupy houses in the estate and the majority of their children attend our school. Some students also attend the school from as far afield as Sydenham. St. Albans Meadows has a high reputation as a caring and progressive school and parents of students with gifted academic ability, learning difficulties and/or behavioural problems, choose the school because of the quality of its educational and welfare programs.
The school enjoys excellent relations with Southwold Street Kindergarten, the source of most of our prep enrolments. The school also it runs its own bus service to accommodate the students.
Enrolment trends have shown growth from 270 children in 1998 to 475 children in 2019. Enrolments are expected to remain fairly stable at the 460+ students range. 77% of the students are from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB) and 35% of these students are of Vietnamese descent. The NESB students represent a wide range of nationalities, linguistic groups and cultures.
Involvement in school decision-making is valuable for children and can be fostered through such activities as membership of the Junior School Council and attending our Leadership Camp.
Teachers are dedicated to developing each child’s potential. They strive to achieve best practice in their approaches to teaching and learning. Frequent participation in quality Professional Development activities is encouraged and a very strong emphasis is placed on a team approach to curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation.