Antonio Park Primary School was established in 1960 and is located on the border of Ringwood and Mitcham. The unique environment bordering the Antonio Park is home to not only 500 students, 48 staff and friendly and supportive families, but also to a variety of wildlife, including kangaroos, possums and a variety of native birds. We have a strong Environmental Education program and are a Five Star Accredited Sustainable School.
The school encourages an ‘open door’ approach, where parent and community contribution and participation are valued. Whilst there is a strong sense of community everywhere you look, for many, the school is more like a family. Our enthusiastic, caring and dedicated staff embrace the many changes that are so much a feature of today’s education and greatly value the wonderful support from parents and strong links to local community groups.
Several community events are evidence of long standing traditions of this sense of community and of the mutual support between home and school. Annual events include Athletics Sports, Swimming Sports, our famous Fete and the our whole-school Production. An excellent camping program is offered to all children from Year 1 to Year 6.
The strong partnership between home and school is seen as the foundation of successful learning for all children. Through the strong promotion of our school values of empathy, resilience, responsibility, independence and confidence, students are encouraged to develop a sense of wellbeing and are supported in developing healthy relationships with others. They are encouraged to be independent, accept increasing responsibility for their learning and to do their best. Their successes are acknowledged in many ways but no more so than through our weekly assembly where students are encouraged to participate and where achievements of our students, staff and parents are recognised and celebrated.
The school is arranged in four levels. While straight grades operate in Foundation, all other grades are multi-age with class sizes varying between 20 and 25 students. Staff plan in teams using an Integrated Curriculum approach and programs are delivered through a 2-year inquiry based Curriculum Plan incorporating thinking skills. Classroom programs are supported by specialist teachers in Indonesian, Library, Physical Education, Visual Arts and Performing Arts. In addition, support programs are offered in Reading Recovery and Literacy Support and extension. A wide variety of extra curricula activities including Coding and Robotics, Choir, private music tuition, GATE ways, Speech Debates and Tournament of Minds ensure that there is something for every child. Parents are supported through programs such as Developing Literacy Partnerships, Classroom Helpers and a variety of information nights on student wellbeing and classroom programs throughout the year.
A strong Program for Students with a Disability (PSD) supports several students funded under the Department of Education and Early Childhood’s Disability and Impairment program through the appointment of Education Support staff who work in conjunction with teachers and families to support special needs. Weekly Life Skills sessions are a feature of this program.
The school supports families by hosting a very successful before and after-school care program run by Camp Australia. This program runs from Monday to Friday and caters for up to 75 students a day. A Holiday Program is offered for most school holidays and curriculum days throughout the year. Childcare is also provided for many programs operating after hours enabling parents to make the most of opportunities that are on offer at various times of the year.