About Leongatha Primary School
Leongatha Primary School’s vision is To foster kindness, curiosity, confidence and inclusion. Our students are lifelong learners who set high expectations, accept challenges and contribute to a global community. Our school values are To Be A Learner, To be Resilient and To Be Respectful.
Leongatha Primary School (LPS) is a large primary school that has serviced its community for 130 years. Leongatha is a service town for the rural industries of South Gippsland, especially the dairy industry. LPS is a major stakeholder in the Leongatha Education Precinct that was established following the co-location of the Secondary College, Specialist School, TAFE and Primary School onto a single site in 2012.
Leongatha PS has a current enrolment of 650 students, (Feb 2020), with enrolments increasing by 50 students since 2016. The staffing profile of Leongatha PS consists of equivalent full time staff, 3 Principal Class, Teachers and Education Support Staff. While each partner school in the precinct maintains their individual identity, there is a strong cooperation that facilitates a smooth transition for students. The LEP (Leongatha Education Precinct) meets twice a term to discuss ways that the schools can support each other and the students.
The grade 6 students, staff and parents travel to China every year to visit our Sister School and learn about the history and sights of China. The Sister School comes back to visit LPS later in the year and is hosted with families.
Leongatha Primary School has two Literacy Leaders who are released from their classroom one day a week to coach staff and support students who have not achieved their expected growth in Literacy. Literacy intervention programs such as Spelfabet, Toe by Toe and MacqLit operate throughout the school with Literacy Leaders overseeing the implementation of these programs and supporting education support staff who are running these extra programs. We have a highly effective reading program called Fountas and Pinnell operating throughout the school. This program was implemented two years ago and is proving extremely successful.
In 2019 Leongatha PS was included in the PMSS (Primary Maths and Science Specialists) program and has three numeracy coaches specifically trained and supporting staff and students. These coaches are released from their classrooms on a .5 basis to promote and improve the numeracy across the school. Leongatha PS is a PLC (Professional Learning Community) school with most teachers trained in the PLC model. The school intends to improve student outcomes in Writing and Numeracy by embedding a highly effective PLC model within the school which will focus on Number & Algebra and then transfer to Writing. There are 31 grades in the school and four Specialist classes of Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Chinese. There are five classes in grades Prep, 1 and 2 keeping the student numbers in the junior classes below 20. Teachers work closely together in their PLCs.
To foster kindness, curiosity and confidence. Our students are lifelong learners who set high expectations, accept challenge and contribute to a global community.
Leongatha Primary School is a warm welcoming school that is inclusive and supportive for all of our students, teachers, parents and community.
We welcome everyone to our school.
I am honoured to be Principal of such a fantastic school with outstanding students, excellent teachers and a supportive community. Leongatha PS prepares all students to be lifelong learners, following our motto of “Learning for Life”. Our curriculum ensures students are skilled in the basics but allowed ample opportunity to develop their creativity, inquiry and excellence. The size of our school allows us to provide experiences in all areas of the curriculum catering for every child’s needs and interests. If you would like to know more please make an appointment to see our school in action. Below please find our School Annual Implementation Plan and the School Strategic Plan.
Dot Coghlan – Principal