Kingsley Park is located in the Lakewood Estate Frankston, approximately 42 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. Situated in a semi-bush setting, Kingsley Park has a rural feel to the tree lined grounds close to Robinson Reserve. At the end of 2016, a new Principal was appointed and a larger school leadership team formed. The work of this team over the 2017 year focussed on the School Peer Review which, when finalised in November ratified the improvement priorities identified by the leadership team combined with School Council for moving the school forward to future success.
Kingsley Park Primary School has good facilities including a main building with 10 classrooms, administration and a resource centre, an art room, a multipurpose hall, music room with additional instrumental teaching spaces, canteen and an open-learning space that includes six classrooms, wet areas, conference rooms and a large multi-purpose area. The school grounds are attractive and include an artificial turf sports oval, three areas of play equipment, an amphitheatre, sealed play areas and maintained gardens as well as a native plant restoration area. The end of 2017 saw a playground upgrade underway.
We offer a wide selection of extra curricula activities to students including incursions, excursions, school productions, camps in grades 3-6, a host of lunchtime activities and private instrumental lessons (at cost) by qualified tutors. We host a number of sporting events and take part in Wakakirri as an addition to the Performing Arts program. We have four School Captains, two House Captains for each of Mottram, Flintoff, Harvey and Cole and a group of up to 20 Student representative Councillors. Our strong student leadership program provides students with skills in communication, interpersonal interactions, decision-making and leadership shown through the confidence students’ gain in rising to all challenges.
Kingsley Park is a Kids Matter School. We are proactive about our approach to bullying and participate in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence annually. We follow the Restorative Justice approach and maintain respectful relationships with our students, even when dealing with behaviour issues. We strive to provide a safe, happy and inspiring learning environment for all of our students. There are clear expectations for academic success, behaviour, attendance, participation and leadership. We focus on punctuality and believe that regular attendance is highly important; working together on this is the key. Our student attendance rates have improved from 2016 with our school comparison rating of higher which indicates fewer absences than expected.
Teachers have high expectations of students with increasing academic achievements. This is formalized with the use of researched pedagogy and practice elements that make the most difference to students learning outcomes. Teachers develop strong partnerships with parents in support of their child’s education. Parents continue to see the school in a positive light as shown through our Parent Opinion Survey feedback. We continue to engage with parents about teaching practices and their role within their child’s education. We strongly encourage two-way communication; if there is a problem, share it with us so we can help, if you have any feedback, positive or constructive, then please give it to us so we can improve. To support and enhance communication, classroom doors are open from 8.35am, 10 minutes prior to learning time for informal chats with parents and for students to be organised and prepared for learning time. We have introduced Sentral for formalised communication and updates, improved our website and started our own KPTV (Kingsley Park TV show) to engage our families with important messages and information. Parent involvement in the school is welcomed and includes an active Kingsley Park Parent Group (KPG) and parent involvement at classroom level.
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