ABOUT TATE STREET
Hi everyone, my name is Terry Scott and I am very proud to be the Principal of Tate St. Primary School which is a dynamic little school in East Geelong. Our school places a strong emphasis on developing the core curriculum: i.e. literacy and numeracy and we have achieved some outstanding results in recent years. I invite you to visit the ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) website https://www.myschool.edu.au/ to verify this.
The Arts is also where we excel with our drama students recently being selected to perform for Prince Charles and Lady Camilla on a royal tour and our Marimba band performing each year at ‘Pakofest’ and the Queenscliff and Port Fairy Folk Festivals. We also have a strong physical education/self-esteem program to nurture our students’ all round development and the children also really enjoy our Spanish program. Students have access to these programs on a weekly basis.
We also run two School Choirs (both successful last year at different Eisteddfods) a Brass band (Just Brass facilitated by the Salvation Army) and Marimba band.
We are very lucky to have 2 large ovals, a spacious Stadium, an Art room, large playgrounds, Basketball/Netball Courts, an Interactive Learning Center and a well-resourced Music Room. We also have a class set of Mountain Bikes with a Bike Education Program. All classes have access to Interactive Whiteboards or large-screen TVs in their learning areas with class sets of iPads, Netbooks and desktop computers. (Our excellent 1:1 computer-student ratio is the envy of many schools.)
There is a very strong community ethos at Tate Street with high levels of parent involvement in all aspects of school life. Tate Street Primary School offers its students a safe and inspirational learning environment where every child is known and valued. The current enrollment is 157 and we have 6 Classroom Teachers, 3 Specialist Teachers, the Principal and 8 Education Support Staff. We also have a high quality Out of School Hours Care Program running from 7.00-9.00am and 3.15-6.15pm.
The front page of the Geelong Advertiser Newspaper stated in 2015: “”The Nationwide NAPLAN figures, released last week, show Tate St.’s year 3's and 5's score above or significantly above the state average for reading, persuasive writing, grammar and punctuation, spelling and numeracy.” We believe that these recent achievements indicate that as the children have become more interested in school, more focused and more engaged because of the diversity of our programs, the schools results have seen vast improvements in both NAPLAN and AusVELS.
Even further good news is indicated in the 2016 School Supplementary Report showing that over the 4-year period, 2012-2016 when compared to the 40 closest schools socio-economically, Tate St. was No. 1 in Numeracy Growth, No. 2 in Reading Growth and No. 7 in Writing Growth.
The latest results of the Student Opinion Survey in which all Grade 5/6 students fill in a survey and it has been great to note that the students’ opinion of the school has improved in 9 of the 11 surveyed areas with huge increases in areas such as ‘Learning Confidence’, ‘Student Motivation’, ‘School Connectedness’ and ‘Classroom Behaviour’. Our ‘Parent Opinion Survey’ also indicates that in the opinion of the parents in the past 5 years, we are now performing in the top 25% of schools in 5 different areas with another 7 not far behind! ‘School Improvement’, ‘Parent Input’, ‘Extra Curricula Activities’, ‘Student Motivation’ and ‘Social Skills’ are 5 areas which have shown spectacular recent growth.
Lunchtimes and recesses sees our school choir and bands practice and our students are also able to access out trees to build ‘cubby houses’ which is part of our ‘Outdoor Classroom’ philosophy. Every Friday we hold a School Assembly where you will see music performances, class presentations and a variety of Student Awards presented. We have student leaders including School and House Captains plus Art, Library, Music and Technology Leaders, school sports, camps and excursions. Our Family Liaison Officer is highly valued and an asset to our school community. Student attendance is high, being the No. 1 school for attendance in the 2012-2016 supplementary school census compared to the 40 closest schools socio-economically in Victoria.
We strongly urge our Tate St. students strive to do their best in a strong school community where education is highly valued, where our students have a sense of belonging and show a high level of engagement. Over the past decade, the Tate St. Primary community have worked tirelessly to actively promote and explore options that build student engagement and wellbeing. We hold a strong belief in the notion that “Education doesn’t need to be reformed, it needs to be transformed. The key is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” (Sir Ken Robinson (International Advisor on Education)
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