Newstead Primary School is a creative, cheerful and relaxed country school with happy and confident children. Our team of dedicated and experienced teachers provide a caring learning environment in which all children can explore their potential. Our experience-rich curriculum provides many hands-on opportunities for our students to achieve their best in academic, sporting, cultural, community and leadership endeavours.
Our school, set amongst spacious grounds is an integral part of our community, and at Newstead Primary School, parents and family are always welcome.
Newstead Primary School provides a comprehensive and challenging curriculum tailored to each child, including extension and support programs, and is able to provide smaller class sizes.
We provide a diverse mix of classroom teaching and creative learning programs that bring out the best in our students including:
- a literacy / numeracy focus including Reading Recovery;
- dedicated Indonesian language & cultural program for all year levels;
- creative and extensive visual arts program provided by local artist Karen Pierce in our dedicated Arts & Technology building;
- student leadership program;
- daily physical education program;
- annual swimming education and bike education program;
- inter-school sports including athletics, orienteering, netball, soccer and cross country running;
- camps and excursions every year for each grade;
- individual music lessons in guitar, piano and woodwind with specialised teachers;
- junior and senior school choirs;
- an ICT-rich environment including one-to-one laptop Netbook program in senior school;
- one-to-three ratio of school computers for Prep-Grade 4;
- interactive whiteboards in every classroom;
- visiting theatre, science and discovery performers throughout the year;
- individualised learning plans and tailored curriculum;
- a well-equipped and resourced school library;
- flexible learning spaces including outdoor education spaces and quiet 'retreat' areas;
- a student vegie garden and gardening club;
- a chess program.
Connections With Our Local Community
The School has a strong focus on connecting with the school community as well as the wider district community. We provide many opportunities for families and the wider community to become involved in the education of our students. We have many family and community events such as:
- Weekly assembly led by senior students
- Annual Grandparents & Friends Day
- End of school concert & Grade 6 graduation events
- Athletics carnival and swimming carnival
- Annual student art exhibition at the Newstead Rural Transaction Centre
- Mother's Day & Father's Day stalls
- Annual education week activities
- School choir performing at community events
Newstead Primary School was established in 1877 and is a focal point of our country town. The School's original (and refurbished) redbrick building sits proudly in the large school grounds, alongside a number of recent building developments, including a new purpose-built art & technology building. The School has recently undergone extensive landscaping work to enhance the school grounds as well as creating new play and learning spaces for the children. This includes a new playground for the younger students, a vegie garden, sheltered outdoor 'classroom' and quieter retreat areas. The School has a current enrolment of 70 students.
Excursions, Educational Visits & Camps
The school prides itself on the great range and diversity of camps and excursions that it offers its students annually. These play an important role in the life of a student in terms of academic as well as social benefits. These camps include adventure camps, urban camp, and coastal camps. Examples of current camps offered to the children include Boomerang Horseriding Camp in Daylesford, and Portsea Camp.Welcoming Parents' & Family Involvement
Parents and family are always welcome at Newstead Primary School. We have
- assist with numeracy and literacy programs
- assist on excursions or camps
- collect material for class use
- help with sporting activities
- help with the school vegetable garden
- help a child or class practice a particular skill
- be mentors for children working on particular tasks
Parents can also join or help out with our Parents' Club. This is a great way to meet other parents, as well as fundraise, and plan activities and events for the School.School Council
The School Council is a legally
elected body of people that has a role of setting the long term future
of the School and maintaining oversight (but not management) of the
School's operation. The Newstead School Council comprises of teachers, the Principal, a community member and elected parents. They meet once a month and report
back to the general school community via the school newsletter and Annual Report. The
current School Council President is Kylie Richardson.
Junior School Council
The Junior School Council is made up of students that are elected annually by the student body. It consists of students from all grades assisted by a teacher. This Council provides a forum for students to discuss and present concerns and ideas, as well as come up with fun events and activities for the school. They also raise funds to support their own activities. The Junior School Council reports monthly to the School Council on its ideas and activities.
Respect, Responsibility & Resilience are the values that we wish our students and School community to model. These values were adopted in 2008 in a process that involved the whole school community.
Welfare & Discipline
The School has a Student
Welfare Policy which encourages children to acquire full responsibility
for their own actions, and which protects the rights of all members of
the school community. It provides a framework for all children to have
the opportunity to learn to the maximum of their ability and for
teachers to provide high quality teaching.
demonstrate responsible behaviour are recognised in a variety of
positive ways, such as 'Student of the Week' awards. Students who
behave in ways that are offensive, harmful or disruptive to other
students will be disciplined in line with the School's Behaviour
School Bus Service
A school bus is available for those students who reside at leas 4.8km from the school, and services the districts of Sandon, Joyces Creek, Strathlea, Campbelltown and Welshmans Reef.
We welcome prospective families visiting our school. Please call the School to organise a visit.