Foster Primary School is situated within Victoria’s spectacular Wilson’s Promontory coastal area in the Gippsland region. The well serviced, welcoming and safe township of Foster is close to many natural assets including
national parks and beautiful beaches.
Around 200 students come from a wide area of the district, served by nine buses. The majority of students move directly from the Foster Kindergarten and then on to South Gippsland Secondary College in Year 7.
Most parents are working parents and are based locally in farming, service, medical, professional or tourism services.
At Foster Primary School we aim to challenge, encourage and inspire every child to reach their academic, social, emotional and physical potential in a safe and caring environment.
The spacious school grounds have a mix of traditional and modern buildings. Building the Education Revolution funding enabled the construction of a 4 classroom/resource centre. This large, modern teaching and learning environment has been embraced enthusiastically. Shared learning spaces are a feature of the classroom areas and the school is proud of the Stephanie Alexander initiated Kitchen Garden Program it has offered to students in Grades 3 – 6 for several years.
Specialist teachers (Art, Science, PE, Kitchen and Garden) together with a Primary Welfare Officer support the nine dedicated and caring classroom teachers who work across the mix of composite and straight grade classrooms.
Staff plan and work in teams to develop well resourced, whole school programs that cater for students’ individual needs and reflect their interests and abilities.
Staff members participate in high quality professional development which
enhances teaching and learning throughout the school.
Every student accesses a comprehensive curriculum, with Maths and English at the core, which is based on the AusVELS. Information and Communication Technology is integrated into all curriculum areas.
The school has a dedicated computer room, with 26 computers, as well as a computer hub in the senior school, an Interactive Whiteboard and at least 2 computers in each classroom. The computer ratio for students is 1:5. All staff have laptop computers along with wireless access.
Students are encouraged and supported to participate in a wide variety of
extracurricular activities at school, regional and state levels. These include sporting activities, chess, scrabble, Tournament of Minds, Choir and participation in the Secondary College’s Music & Band program. Students are also encouraged to take on leadership roles and play an active role in their school and community.
Foster Primary School has a high community profile and values strong links with the many parent helpers and volunteers who assist with many programs including the Learning Assistance Program (LAP), Kitchen and Garden activities, breakfast club, reading and more.