About

Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to our website – we are all very proud of our school, having served the families of the City of Casey since 1990. Our school motto is ‘Learning for Life’ and to that end we offer a very broad range of curriculum programs so as to ensure that all of our students have the very best opportunity to make the most of their interests and talents.

As you navigate our website you will see enthusiastic students fully engaged in a wide variety of activities – and it is that engagement and the success that comes with it that we especially cherish at our school. There is something for everyone at Berwick Lodge and it is a privilege and honour for me to be the founding principal of this wonderful centre of learning.

Enjoy.

HENRY GROSSEK M. Admin., B.A., B.Ed. T.P.T.C.

Berwick Lodge Primary School

Berwick Lodge Primary School was established in 1990 in the South Eastern Growth corridor of Melbourne. The initial enrolment of 200 pupils quickly grew and has remained at the current population of over 500. Our school logo depicts the Helmeted Honey Eater – regarded as Australia’s rarest bird species, with one of its three acknowledged remaining habitats being on the eastern border of the City of Casey.

Values

Mission Statement

At Berwick Lodge Primary School, above all else, we value our children. We recognise that our future lies with them and so to encourage our students to embrace “Learning For Life”, not simply as the motto of our school, but as a life-long process of development.

We achieve this through our core values of:

Excellence:

Our highly motivated staff and stimulating learning environment shall inspire our students, to continually strive to develop their skills and abilities and take pride in their achievements.

Integrity:

Behaviour that demonstrates honesty and consideration for one another and develops mutual trust, is reinforced by our teachers who are exemplary role models for our students.

Respect:

All members of our school community show an understanding of, and respect for, one another as equally valued and valuable members of society

Co-operation:

The importance of co-operation shall be promoted through the on-going development of teamwork between teachers, students and parents, and the resulting friendships and sense of belonging will underpin all our activities.

Empowerment:

Our curriculum is designed to develop the skills and attitudes students will need to enable them to make informed choices and decisions, to become valuable, contributing members of society.

Guiding Principles

Our motto is: ‘Learning for Life”. Consequently we aim to provide an excellent education for all our students, being one which develops their talents and capacities and enhances their chances of success in further education .

Learning takes place in a friendly, happy and positive atmosphere.

Goals

Curriculum
1. To ensure that all students are encouraged, supported and challenged to maximise their learning.
2. To provide a comprehensive sequential P-6 curriculum that is challenging and able to meet the needs of all students through planned learning programs encompassing the Victorian Curriculum.

Environment
3. To continue to provide and maintain a safe, secure and attractive physical environment that acknowledges the value of individuality and provides all students with the opportunity and confidence to engage in learning experiences.

Management
4. To provide personnel management practices that support the attainment of the school’s goals and priorities through an effective and efficient quality management system, the development of staff, open channels of communication and decision-making processes and regular review and reporting of student outcomes.

Resourcing
5. To ensure resource allocation reflects and enhances the delivery of established goals and priorities of the school.

Facilities

Facilities include a gymnasium, multipurpose building, visual arts centre, library, ICT centre, broadcast studio, film studio and a performing arts room. The school has a junior sized oval, four sets of adventure playground equipment, 2 cricket practice nets, basketball/netball courts and an adjacent baseball centre. Substantial parkland, featuring ornamental lakes is situated nearby.

Recent refurbishments have seen the school buildings enhanced with an upgrade to the administration area, including sickbay and withdrawal rooms for ancillary staff to work with students. There are also four new classrooms joined with a large open work space, kitchenette and technology area.

All classrooms are equipped with computers, interactive whiteboards and data projectors and access to iPads across classes from Prep to Grade 6.

Quality Management

In 2002 Berwick Lodge Primary School became the first Government school in Australia to receive AS/NZS ISO9001:2000 Quality Managements Systems Certification. This means that our school has an internationally recognised level of whole school management. Our twin goals for implementing such a management system are to maximise:

EFFICIENCY of our workload –doing the very best without wasting time and resources
EMPOWERING our staff, parents and students in the decision making processes of our school.

 

Quality Policy

To ensure the successful realisation of our School Charter, Berwick Lodge Primary School has instituted this quality policy to ensure that:

  1. The educational services provided by Berwick Lodge Primary School are suitable for the needs of the school’s interested parties and will wherever possible, exceed these.
  2. Berwick Lodge Primary School effectively maintains a quality management system that is as a minimum compliant with AS/NZS ISO 9001:2000 Quality management systems-requirements.
  3. The educational services and administrative functions of Berwick Lodge Primary School comply as a minimum with governmental and societal requirements.
  4. Berwick Lodge Primary School staff is responsible for quality and continual improvement and take steps to prevent nonconformity.
  5. Berwick Lodge Primary School ensures that all staff has the training, resources, and infrastructure necessary to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.
  6. Berwick Lodge Primary School has in place measurable objectives for quality that are determined and reviewed on an ongoing basis by the school council.
  7. Berwick Lodge Primary School regards its suppliers as partners and endeavours to maintain close co-operation with them.
  8. Berwick Lodge Primary School makes this policy available to staff and other interested parties

This quality policy complements the school’s other policies on curriculum, human resources and occupational health & safety and business and is reviewed annually by School Council.

The Quality Policy was passed by School Council on 18 February 2002 .

Parent Communication

Parents are very important stakeholders at Berwick Lodge Primary School and are encouraged to provide feedback to the school in a wide range of ways. With our focus on continual improvement, we are always very interested in your ideas and/or concerns. Please feel most welcome to contact the school staff on any matter of concern to you. In many cases direct contact or a telephone call will suffice. Correspondence received by letter or email is certainly appreciated and will be replied to, with an explanation of the outcome. Our school email address is berwick.lodge.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

School Council

School Council meets twice per term on a Monday night usually at 7.00pm in the school Conference Room. Our School Council has a total membership of twelve which is made up of seven parent representatives, three staff (DET) representative, 1 PFA co-optee member and the Principal is a member by nature of the office held Ex-Officio.

Three sub-committees meet in the week prior to School Council.

These sub-committees are:

  1. Management
  2. Learning
  3. School Wellbeing

Our current school council members are

Henry Grossek
Principal

Sandra McCrum
DET Rep

Robert Kelly
DET Rep

Sue Naismith
DET Rep

Brian Gardiner
Parent Rep

Andrew Coupar
Parent Rep

Jim Tsekouras
Parent Rep

Mel Dobric
Parent Rep

Lauren Johnston
Parent Rep

Alicia Ladson
Parent Rep

Narelle Ray
Parent Rep

Jade Thomas
Parent Rep

 

The office bearers are

Brian Gardiner
School Council President

Andrew Coupar
Vice President

Robert Kelly
Minute Secretary

Mel Dobric
Correspondence Secretary

Reports, Plans & Policies

 

Additional Assistance Policy – Version 2 – July 2016

Anaphylaxis Management Policy

Assessment & Reporting Policy – Version 1 – August 2014

Asthma Policy – Version 3 – Oct 2014

Camps Policy – Version 1 – June 2014

Canteen Policy – Version 2 – March 2016

Care Arrangements for Ill Students Policy – Version 1 – June 2015

Child Safe Policy – Version 1 – October 2016

Critical Incident Plan Policy – September 2014

Curriculum Policy – May 2015

Custody Issues Policy – June 2014

Discipline Policy – Version 2 – August 2014

Duty of Care Policy – Sep 2014

Enrolment Policy – June 2014

eSmart Policy – 2014

Excursion & School Based Activities Policy – Sep 2014

First Aid – Student Health Policy – Sep 2014

Fundraising Policy – Version 2 – August 2015

Head Lice Management Policy – Version 1 – June 2015

Homework Policy – Version 2 – October 2016

Integration Policy – August 2016

Internet Policy – Oct 2014

Investment Policy – February 2017

Junior School Council Policy – Version 1 – June 2016

Learning and Teaching – Version 1 – October 2016

Mandatory Reporting Policy – Version 1 – August 2014

Medication Policy – Version 1 – June 2015

Onsite Supervision Policy – Sept 2014

Parent Payment Policy – August 2016

Purchase Card Policy – February 2017

Purchasing Policy – Version 3 – February 2016

Quality Policy – March 2017

Refunds Policy – Version 2 – August 2015

School Community Code of Conduct – Version 2 – May 2016

Staff Health and Wellbeing Policy – Version 2 – June 2015

Student Absence Policy – Version 2- May 2016

Student Engagement & Inclusion Policy – Sep 2014

Student Wellbeing Policy – September 2014

Sunsmart Policy – August 2014

Visitors Policy – Version 3 – October 2016

Work Experience Policy – Version 1 – June 2014

Working with Children Check Policy – May 2015

Enrolment

Thank you for considering Berwick Lodge Primary School for your child’s enrolment.

Enrolment Requirements

The following documents are required to complete your child’s enrolment in a Victorian Government Primary School:

  • Completed Student Enrolment Forms (Obtain from School Office)
  • Full Birth Certificate (a copy will be taken at the office)
  • Immunisation Certificate (obtain from www.my.gov.au)
  • Passport or Travel Documents (Visa) for non-Australian born students

 

Enrolment Boundary

Please note: An approved neighbourhood school boundary applies to student enrolment.

As our school has a neighbourhood boundary, the following proof of residency documents should be presented to confirm enrolment eligibility at Berwick Lodge Primary School:

  • A Rates Notice listing the name and address of the parent/guardian of the student to be enrolled OR
  • A Signed Lease, Contract of Sale or New Home Building Contract listing the name and address of the parent/guardian of the student to be enrolled
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