Derrimut Primary School commenced operations in 2010 and is one of 11 schools in the Public, Private Partnerships (PPP) program. Derrimut PS is a government school opened to serve the educational needs of the growing suburb of Derrimut. The backgrounds of students reflect a cultural and socio-economic diversity including a number of children from non-English speaking backgrounds. It opened with 250 students in 2010 and has a current enrolment of 740 and settling to approximately 470 within the next 10 years.
The Derrimut Primary School community is committed to providing excellence in learning that stimulate and challenge each student to develop lifelong learning skills and strategies. We provide a safe, nurturing environment where teachers, students, parents and the community work in an effective partnership.
Derrimut Primary School has extremely talented and professional staff, who work closely together to ensure the educational andwellbeing needs of all students are met. The development of a core set of values of Respect, Excellence and Resonsibility and a whole school approach to cognitive and emotional engagement has led to a consistent and supportive environment in which students flourish. Underpinning programs at Derrimut Primary School is the belief and commitment to the school’s motto:
“A place to grow and thrive”
The school prides itself on the excellent facilities which link learning with environment and valuing diversity and sustainability. Children are grouped in classrooms around a learning community. There are two Art/science spaces and break out rooms. The main building is centred around the resource centre, where children have access to state of the art research and literary facilities. Learning spaces and opportunities are not confined to indoors but extend out to a full sized oval and our own wetland area and native gardens.
The school has a full sized indoor basketball court, two outdoor courts and a lovely play area for children. Most of which has extensive shade structures in place. The YMCA is a valued partner of Derrimut Primary School and runs a long day care centre and before and after school centre in an adjacent community hub.
The facilities are being developed to ensure students have the opportunities and learning spaces to lead their learning, be independent, have choice and take risks.We are committed to improving the literacy and numeracy skills of every child through a consistent Instructional Model and and Guarranteed and Viable Curriculum. Teachers implement High Impact teaching strategies through every lesson to ensure our children have explicit teaching, effective feedback and have goals to work on at school and at home.
The interdisciplinary curriculum is lead an inquiry or action research model. Inquiry based units explore deep knowledge of Humanities, Science, Technology and Health. This situates learning within a political, social and cultural context, globally and locally. The curriculum develops pathways to personalisation through formative assessment and goal setting, rich multi-literacies programs supported by a rich 21st century multimodal approach including a 1:1 IPad in the 3-6 area and mentoring , coaching and leadership programs across the school.
The Victorian Curriculum and assessment and reporting procedures have been implemented into Derrimut Primary School’s curriculum programs. Student voice is valued at Derrimut and is reflected in student led goal setting, conferences and participation is in decision making activities for the school and the community. Curriculum Support programs operate in Physical Education, The Arts and Languages
Derrimut Primary School provides the school community with an educational facility that is unique in its innovative programs-delivered by dedicated staff, enjoyed by enthusiastic students and supported by families in striving for excellence in learning and achievement beyond the school gates.