I am very excited and proud to present the new School Strategic Plan (SSP) that will guide our school from 2015-2018. It has been a long road designing this plan. It all started with our community forums in late 2014 and the journey has included our school review, an Appreciative Inquiry summit with all staff and feedback sessions with students and staff.
At this time I would like you all to know that our aim is to make Templestowe Park PS the best primary school in Victoria. This is a lofty ambition, I know, but we must develop an expectation and mindset that everything we do in our school, we do to the very best of our ability. It will take a great deal of hard work and innovation from students, staff and the community to reach this goal. We must be joined as a true learning community. I have the highest expectations and we must maintain these standards and challenge each other to be the best that we can be!
Structure of the SSP
The Strategic plan is divided into four areas. They are:
- Student Achievement
Within these areas we designate Key Implementation Strategies (KIS), Actions and Achievement Milestones.
Philosophy behind the SSP
Our focus when designing the SSP was on preparing our students for the future. It is our very important job to ensure that our students have the academic skills to excel, the independent learning skills to be curious and successful learners, the ability to communicate effectively and to have a positive mindset to take on the numerous challenges that they will face in their formative and adult years.
We aim to prepare our students to be successful in all areas of their life and to be prosperous in whichever path they wish to take. To be the best that they can be!
Goal: To improve student learning growth in Literacy and Numeracy.
We are currently investigating the latest research into Literacy and Numeracy teaching to design a consistent best practice learning model from Prep/Foundation - Year 6. A particular focus is on developing reading and writing strategies and the development of number knowledge.
Goal: To build an engaging, stimulating, authentic and rigorous learning environment that promotes student empowerment in the learning process.
Our aim is to develop the curiosity of our students so they are inquisative and self-directed learners. This will be achieved through implementing an inquiry learning approach and greater student independence so they can research and investigate for themselves. These are extremely valuable skills for their future learning and employment. It is our goal to make Templestowe Park PS a leading school for Science and Technology in the coming years. It has been well publicised in recent times the importance of these areas in future career paths.
Goal: To enhance student wellbeing with practices that focus on empowering students and building life-long wellbeing and resilience.
A whole school focus on the RRIPO values and positive education are major elements of this goal. We will build the capacity of our staff and community to implement programs that develop resilient, socially responsible and optimistic students. Developing these skills are essential for confident, balanced and successful adolescents and young adults.
Goal 1: Improve communication within the school and broader community.
Goal 2: To enhance the leadership capacity across the staff.
We are aiming to to build a culture that communicates openly and innovatively with our school and wider community. We are aiming to be a leader in the way we interact and communicate with the our community. You will see some significant changes in the next few months. Two of these changes are a whole school approach to blogging and the implementation of an electronic management systen that will provide families with their own portal to communicate with the school.
It is a priority of the school to develop our staff to build their leadership skills so they can be better educators and to have a significant impact when leading programs within the school. We want to develop future leaders of TPPS and the wider educational community.
I hope that these summaries of the four areas of the SSP give you an insight into our future plans for our great school. i have attached the 2015-2018 Templestowe Park PS Strategic Plan below so you are able to learn about our vision for our school. We are very excited and more than prepared for the challenge ahead. I hope that this plan brings our community together so we can be the best that we can be!