About Caulfield South Primary School
Welcome to our Caulfield South Primary School website. I am extremely proud to be the principal of a school that has a long history of providing State education and which is so strongly supported by the local community, resulting in the current population of approximately 480 students.
At Caulfield South, we aim for children and their families to have the best education setting in which to achieve and flourish as independent, confident and resilient learners. As a fully authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, learning takes place through rich and purposeful, structured inquiry, developed in a safe, happy and supportive environment.
Teachers plan collaboratively as they endeavour to provide a program that will prepare students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global society, where they will have the skills, values, understandings and courage to undertake a positive, productive and rewarding role in that world. To this end, we put global thinking at the heart of our teaching and aim to develop an international mindset, through ensuring our units of inquiry include opportunities to engage with other cultures, within the context of Asia and beyond.
Implementing a whole-school environmental framework encourages our students to take responsibility for supporting sustainability through their constructive actions. We encourage our students to develop an optimistic view of their world and enjoy a sense of humour. Academic excellence is valued and there is a focus on developing highly literate and numerate students, alongside a well-balanced program in the visual and performing arts, health and physical education. Science is an integral part of our curriculum with students also having the opportunity to be involved in self-motivated science-based project work through participation in the Science Talent Search. Our music program includes a school orchestra, choir and a drum corps which performs at many public events such as the Australia Day Parade and the ANZAC Day Parade. One of the highlights of the year for our students is the wonderful opportunity to shine at the annual school concert, staged at the Robert Blackwood Hall Monash University Clayton Campus. Our language other than English is Italian. The diverse curriculum provides students with numerous opportunities to excel and experience success.
Student leadership is nurtured by providing all Year 6 students with leadership training, the opportunity to be a school leader for a term and to train as ‘Playground Peacemakers’. Playground Peacemakers assist children to have fun in the playground by helping to resolve small issues before they grow into large ones, while all Prep and Year 5 students participate in the Buddy Program.
The school has a neighbourhood boundary to limit the demand on enrolments and there is very low movement of families out of the school, demonstrating family loyalty to our school.
In line with current best practice, teachers are constantly updating their knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure a comprehensive and differentiated learning program that helps children develop to their full potential.
Our school is responsive to parents’ concerns and works in partnership with parents to ensure a positive experience in an engaging and effective teaching and learning environment. This is supported by our School Council, with considerable investment in information, communication and learning technologies.
Caulfield South has an outstanding contemporary teaching and learning space that is used as our Senior Learning Centre and School Council is continually upgrading the original school buildings, along with the grounds. Recent upgrading of the grounds has included the ‘friendship circle’ of trees and the exciting nature play space, thanks to the fundraising efforts of our wonderful CSPS parents and community.
I welcome your contact if you wish to learn more about our school or to arrange a visit.
History of CSPS
Caulfield South Primary School was officially opened by Mr FE Forrest MLA on Saturday 25th February 1928.
The school had opened on 31st January in that year, with an intake of 545 pupils from Prep to Year 8 and by July, the number had risen to 720.
The current school population of over 500 includes students from Prep to Year 6.
Early documentation confirms the school has a history of strong parent support, with parents working hard to improve the buildings and grounds for their children. This tradition continues today, with a strong School Council and committed Parents Association that both work towards providing the very best teaching and learning environment for the students of Caulfield South.
Caulfield South is proud of its outstanding teachers who are enthusiastic and welcoming. They achieve excellence in teaching by sharing ideas and knowledge, being honest, open-minded and valuing others’ perspectives. There is a strong culture of reflection, professional development and teamwork. This creates a safe, harmonious, and supportive professional environment for all. The common goal of staff is to work together to provide excellent teaching and learning at C.S.P.S.
Caulfield South Primary School has a quiet suburban location away from main roads, with boundaries adjoining parklands and residential properties. The unique, impressive buildings are surrounded by attractive gardens, an extensive playground that provides passive and active play areas, exciting play equipment and a synthetic turf oval surrounded by a running track. There has been considerable investment in information communication and learning technologies, including interactive whiteboards in all classrooms. This contributes towards ensuring a highly engaging learning environment.
In the last few years, School Council, through the efforts of our fundraising committee has installed air-conditioners in our new Senior Learning Centre and the school hall.
In 2016, the main focus of Green Machine, our Sustainability team, is to create a sensory garden near the Senior Learning playground.
The school School Strategic Plan sets out the direction for our school for a four year period, including our vision, values, rationale, context and challenges as well as goals, targets and key improvement strategies in the three priority focus areas. Our school underwent a year of self-evaluation, review and planning in 2016 to prepare a new Strategic Plan. This was done through staff, student and parent consultation and engagement with relevant community agencies. The Strategic Plan for 2017-20 is the result of this process.
The School Annual Implementation Plan describes for our staff how the key improvement strategies in the School Strategic Plan will be put into practice each year. It is the annual plan that guides our teachers in their work to achieve the goals and targets in the Strategic Plan and to help them monitor the progress and success of our students.
Our school Annual Report is designed to inform parents and the wider school community of the school’s successes, activities and achievements throughout the year. The Annual Report is endorsed by School Council each year by 31st March.
All school policies are set and reviewed by the Policies Sub-Committee of School Council. Policies must be ratified by School Council before they are implemented.
Policies are reviewed as per DEECD guidelines and copies of these can be obtained from the School Office.