Welcome from Mr Alan Fairweather - Principal

Mr Alan Fairweather - Principal

Mr Alan Fairweather - Principal  

‘Creating Learning Opportunities through Quality Education.’

Welcome to the Goonawarra Primary School's webpage for 2016. I trust that you will find our webpage both informative and a helpful avenue through which to learn about the school.

Goonawarra is nestled on the southern outskirts of Sunbury adjacent to the Rolling Meadows estate. It is a vibrant community which features the school, a health centre, a neighbourhood house, a very active preschool complex, a community hall, medical centre, pharmacy, dentist and a group of specialty shops, food outlets and sporting facilities.

The school has a current enrolment of 364 students, which is an increase of 40 students since last year. The students are spread across 17 classrooms with an average of 21.4 per room.

The school plays a major role within the community as the hub and meeting point for many people within the area.

Facilities include well-resourced classrooms, a large gymnasium, a very attractive and child friendly library and a performing and visual arts venue. All classrooms have their own interactive whiteboard which are used extensively to enhance educational learning opportunities for students. All students across the school have access to ipads and laptop computers.

The school has a very dedicated and committed staff – both teaching and non-teaching. Their planning for this year includes a wide range of stimulating, challenging and exciting curriculum content which is aimed at guiding and encouraging students to be articulate, numerate and inquisitive learners as well as lifelong seekers of knowledge.

We are fortunate to have a designated Welfare Officer and a School Chaplain.  These staff members are a great assist to all members of the school community.

The core values of the school, which are encapsulated in the phrase ‘Goonawarra is G.R.E.A.T!’ include being Generous, Responsible, Enthusiastic, Ambitious and Trustworthy. These values are designed to encourage students to achieve their best in all areas and to be positive, well respected and thoughtful members of our community.

The school is extremely well supported by a vibrant and proactive Parents and Friends group as well as a progressive and committed School Council.

Both Before and After School Care programs are offered on every school day. These are accredited programs and are operated and staffed by Camp Australia, a business which operates many out of school hours programs in the wider community.

Late last year  the school under took a comprehensive review of a wide range of areas associated with life at school using data and survey results from the previous three years. A new negotiated, clear and decisive strategic plan and an implementation plan with goals and improvement targets covering the following three years have been the outcome of the review.

The school is very well equipped and resourced to be a leader in developing children, academically, socially, physically and emotionally.

I encourage you, if you are already associated with the school, to become increasingly involved in the life of the school, or if you are curious about learning more about the school, then phone the office on (03) 9744 7137 or send me an email to arrange a tour.

Be part of a progressive future at Goonawarra!


Alan Fairweather