Gowrie St Primary School serves a community of approximately 250 students and their families. 30% of our students identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and 20% speak English as an Additional Language. This diversity is something we are very proud of.
Gowrie St has a large staff of amazing adults - over 50 of them! We have many staff who have been at Gowrie St for a long time, along with some more recent additions to our team. All of our staff care immensely for our students, and prioritise forming strong relationships with them.
Our Leadership Team is comprised of:
Tim Warwick, Acting Principal
Eron Chapman, Assistant Principal - Teaching & Learning
Ben Balmer, Assistant Principal - Student Wellbeing
Michelle Conley, Leading Teacher - Behaviour Support
Geri Doornkamp, Leading Teacher - Intervention
Mason Argus, Learning Specialist
Steph Hayes, SWPBS Leader
Ash Meyland, Student Leadership Leader
Excellence in teaching & learning
Fundamental to our students seizing life's opportuniites is excellent teaching & learning.
We are supporting our teachers to implement best practice that propels our students to improved outcomes - we have invested heavily in Literacy and Numeracy consultants and additional leadership positions.
We have strong focuses on:
Instilling a love for reading and writing in our students
Providing our students with the best possible start through our Foundation Intensive program
Developing oral language
Promoting student voice in a rich & engaging curriculum
A productive and positive learning environment
We prioritise providing a productive and positive learning environment for our students. Central to this is entrenching school wide positive behaviour supports. This includes a matrix that sets out the school's values and expected behaviours - we then set about explicitly teaching these to students and acknowledging the positive behaviours we see.
Our School's values of Determination, Excellence, Empathy and Pride underpin all of our work.
Finally, we focus on establishing strong relationships with all of our students - we really care for them!
Additional supports for students & families
Gowrie St has a long history of providing additional supports to students and families - we are commited to them being able to seize life's opportunities no matter the challenges.
We provide a range of learning interventions, including Reading intervention programs at all year levels, our Foundation Intensive, and education support staff in each classroom.
We also provide some outstanding Wellbeing supports, with a large Wellbeing team and our amazing paediatric clinic and play therapy program.