About

Vision and Values

To provide the best educational opportunities for all students.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to develop excellence within the whole child (knowledge, skills, mindset and self-worth) by providing a stimulating and relevant curriculum.

We inspire curiosity and creativity amongst our students by customising how and what we teach.

At Mossgiel Park Primary School, children of all ages learn skills that will benefit and prepare them for tomorrow’s challenges where they will “STRIVE TO SUCCEED”.

Our Beliefs and Values

At Mossgiel Park Primary School, we strongly believe in the following principles of learning:

  • Acceptance of others
    Recognising and accepting individual differences, multiculturalism and supporting the growth of all students.
  • Determination
    Setting high expectations for every student.
  • Responsibility
    Encouraging students to be active in, and central to the learning process (Student Voice & Agency).
  • Cooperation
    Building and sustaining relationships and cooperative behaviours within and beyond school.
  • Persistence
    Acknowledging personal wellbeing and a growth mindset are integral to learning excellence.
  • Empowerment
    Recognising technology-enabled learning empowers students.
  • Inquiry-based Learning
    Implementing inquiry-based learning approaches with a focus on STEM education.
  • Creativity
    Fostering curiosity and creative thinking.
  • Evidence-based Assessment
    Understanding the importance of evidence-based practices and assessment for learning.
  • Acceptance of Others
    Fostering global citizenship through action, and through the development of ethical and intercultural capabilities.
  • Compassion
    Establishing and maintaining positive home-school and community partnerships.

Curriculum

Our Focus

Our focus is to develop knowledge and skills in students through authentic and relevant experiences, where the learning areas and capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum are integrated.

These experiences include a focus on STEM education, plus a variety of specialised curriculum offerings such as Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education and Indonesian language skills.

We embrace a blend of explicit instruction and the 5E learning approach to provide exceptional education that supports the development of the WHOLE CHILD.

Our Programs

InitiaLit

What is InitiaLit?

InitiaLit is an evidence-based whole class literacy program which will provide all children with the essential core knowledge and strong foundations to become successful readers and writers. InitiaLit teaches children how to read and spell through daily lessons, using research-based teaching methods. It also uses a range of engaging storybooks to develop children’s vocabulary and oral language.

What does InitiaLit do?

InitiaLit teaches children that words are made up of sounds and that those sounds are represented by letters. Unlike learning to talk, which children do without formal instruction, children need to be directly taught the relationship between sounds and letters. In InitiaLit children will build upon the knowledge of the alphabetic code that they gained in their first year of schooling (Foundation). They will learn that a letter or letters can make different sounds, and that two or three letters together can make a sound. They will also learn key terminology such as ‘vowel’, ‘syllable’, ‘phoneme’, ‘grapheme’, and ‘digraph’.

The Sound Way

What is the Sound Way?

The Sound Way is a sequentially developed system for mastering the rules and skills of English. It is a step-by-step process that develops key phonetic knowledge for digraphs, trigraphs and diphthongs. 

What does the Sound Way do?

The Sound Way teaches the 45 sounds (phonemes) that comprise English words and the 75 ways there are of representing these sounds on paper (phonograms).

Fountas and Pinnell

What is Fountas and Pinnell?

Fountas and Pinnell is a tool for assessment, planning and teaching. It describes a continuum for learning text characteristics and behavioural goals for thinking within the text, thinking beyond the text and thinking about the text.

What does Fountas and Pinnell do?

Fountas and Pinnell breaks reading skills into distinct interdependent skills to be taught. With this program students will learn:

  • monitoring and self correction
  • solving words
  • maintaining fluency
  • adjusting
  • summarising
  • predicting
  • making connections
  • synthesising
  • inferring
  • analysing
  • and critiquing. 

The Big Write & VCOP

What is the Big Write and VCOP?

The Big Write and VCOP is designed to bring the fun back into writing, to make the children want to write and to be continuously challenged throughout the writing journey. Through games, activities, writing tasks, conversations and discussions, students will learn not only where their abilities lie in a fun and engaging way, but also the steps they need to take, in order to continue to improve.

Mathematics

What is our approach to mathematics?

Our teachers provide explicit instruction in numeracy with differentiated learning tasks to develop mathematical thinking in every child. In the classroom, our teachers make use of concrete materials, open ended learning tasks, real world problems and games to foster enthusiastic learners. We aim for every student to have the knowledge, understanding and skills to take advantage of every opportunity and meet new challenges confidently.

History

The school is built on land originally owned by a farmer from Scotland who named it after his birthplace, Mossgiel Farm. The school took its name from the housing estate, Mossgiel Park, when the land was subdivided.
The great poet Robert Burns also farmed land in Scotland while he was making his great contribution to English Literature, and Mossgiel Farm is mentioned in this poem by William Wordsworth:

“There!” said a stripling, pointing with moot pride
Towards a low roof with green trees half concealed,
“Is Mossgiel farm, and that’s the very field
Where Burns plowed up the daisy”. Far and wide
A plain below stretched seaward, while, descried
Above sea-clouds, the peaks of Arran rose…

~William Wordsworth

From The Principal

A warm welcome to our school community!

Learning we do and fun we have! Students, staff and families share a real sense of community and our motto ‘Strive to Succeed’ clearly defines our intentions in all we do!

It is a privilege to be part of such a wonderful team of enthusiastic staff who place such commitment to the development of positive relationships with every child, which provides the foundation for effective learning to occur. Every staff member knows every child and this is important in having a real connection to each other and to the school.

Our teaching and learning program is engaging and promotes a love of learning and a sense of curiosity, all within a caring and supportive environment. Technology is an integral component of every child’s development.

We pride ourselves in the development of an orderly environment based on strong and uniform principles of routine and rigour throughout the school.

Visitors to our school comment on the friendly environment and the wonderful grounds.

Families new to the area or to our school are welcome to book a tour of the school by calling or emailing the office. It would be my pleasure to show you around our stimulating learning environment.

Lynn Ordish,
Mossgiel Park Principal

Annual Report