Learn, Share, Be Happy
Yarram Primary School
Welcome to Yarram Primary School's website.
Through the different areas of this site you will access current and philosophical elements of our school. We are very happy to meet with prospective families and show you around our facilities. We also place great importance on learning about your child's interests and needs, so call us to arrange time to look for yourself and discuss the possibilities for your child at YPS.
The success of our school lies in the relationships we share with students, families and staff. I look forward to getting to know our new families and working together to ensure all children flourish at Yarram Primary School.
Click on the picture for an insight to some of our events...
We are the biggest primary school in the Yarram district and as such offer local children the opportunity to mix with a larger number of peers whilst still being small enough that we come to know all children and can support them to achieve their personal best both socially and academically.
To continue to develop a learning environment which supports individuals to achieve their full potential;
academically, emotionally and physically, to equip them to contribute productively in a global community.
Motto Learn, Share, be Happy
Learn Learning with high expectations, commitment
Share Respect and trust, teamwork, local traditions
Be Happy Having fun
Learn, Share, be Happy
Our mission is to continue to develop a learning environment which supports individuals to achieve their full potential; academically, emotionally and physically to equip them to contribute productively in a global community.
At Yarram Primary School we:
believe all children have the capacity and right to learn in a safe inclusive environment
recognise and plan for different learning styles and abilities to support children to reach their full potential
implement curriculum through programs that are relevant and make meaningful connections to students' lives
make a strong commitment to student learning, supported by quality teaching practice, regular team planning and ongoing professional learning by our dedicated team
develop genuine connections with students to make them feel both valued and important to the fabric of our school
acknowledge and embrace diversity within our school, the broader and global community
inspire our students to be active contributors to their community, take pride in their involvement and, in turn welcome support from our community.
Yarram Primary School provides a positive learning environment and a 21st century skill base. This supports individuals to achieve their full potential; academically, emotionally and physically, to equip them to contribute productively in a global community. Located within the township of Yarram, 220 km southeast of Melbourne in the Wellington Shire, Yarram Primary School (YPS), No. 693 has educated the local children from Yarram and District since 1861. The school is the centrepiece of the community and is proud of what it offers in a small rural town. Our enrolment is currently 166 students; big enough to offer choice academically and socially, but small enough for staff to know our students well.
YPS has 15.96 equivalent full-time staff: 2 Principal class, 12 classroom teachers, 4 specialist teachers, 2 office administration staff and 10 Education Support Staff. We have a dynamic mix of experience amongst our staff. A highly experienced and capable Education Support team work alongside our teachers to deliver timely and targetted interventions. We continue to achieve our strategic vision for the school due to embedded processes and structures.
We implement supportive practices to ensure successful transitions for students and families in and out of the school. 45% of students travel to school by bus. Students who receive Program for Students with Disabilities and Impairments funding are well supported socially and academically to achieve their potential as are students with additional learning needs and highly capable students.
Current initiatives include School-Wide Positive Behaviour, international collaboration between our students and our sister schools - Colegio Ward in Argentina and Yizhuang Primary School in China and a highly engaging curriculum from P-6 including, a specialist visual arts, music and physical education program. Additional music lessons are outsourced to private professional instrumental teachers. Our Library is timetabled for class access and open for students at lunchtimes. It is well maintained by our passionate ES staff. A highly popular breakfast club operates three mornings per week and is lovingly and efficiently run by ES staff.
At Yarram Primary School we continually update ICT tools to ensure our equipment is contemporary, useful and relevant to curriculum delivery.
We moved in to brand new learning and administrative spaces at the commencement of 2018. A multipurpose facility houses a half basketball court, cooking area, disabled facilities, library, music facility and general purpose area and is available to school and community groups. We also have a terrific art facility, basketball / netball courts, a barbecue area, four separate play areas, productive vegetable garden, large oval and covered sandpit which has a ready supply of fabulous equipment available to children at recess and lunchtime.
Student Voice is a strength with nominated students from Years 3-6 forming a Junior School Council with a welfare/ wellbeing focus. House Captains and Vice Captains take a more formal role including meeting and greeting visitors, leading assemblies and school events where appropriate. Students are actively involved in setting learning goals with their teachers.
Student attendance is higher than expected with average attendance at 94% across the school. Families are supported to value attendance and timely contact is initiated to investigate any emerging patterns of poor attendance and the reasons are addressed.
Parent and community partnerships provide a strong support network, rich in extra curricula opportunities and two way interactions. Local traditions include active participation in the annual Tarra Festival, Yarram Eisteddfod, Anzac/Remembrance Day, Landcare and the Yarram Show. We also participate in educational initiatives such as the Premiers Reading Challenge, Naidoc Week, Education Week and Children's Book Week. We visit local nursing homes and perform for Probus and the elderly annually.
Yarram Early Learning operate a dynamic before, after and vacation care program on the school premises.
Our parent and community partnerships provide a strong support network, rich in extra curricula opportunities and two way interaction.
We welcome any prospective families to contact us and arrange a private interview and tour of our school.
our flexible spaces
There is a lot more space for bigger cooler furniture and things like standing tables, wavy tables and corrals. Phynix
Being in a big area gives you more seating choice instead of having an assigned desk to sit at for the term. This area also lets you have more choice on who to sit with and you get to know the other classes a bit more. Tamsyn
We have a bigger variety of people to work with and we can make friends a lot easier because there is more kids than in the single classrooms and you don’t have to sit or partner up with the same people. Jacinta-Lei
There is a range of teachers so if your home teacher is helping somebody else there is another teacher to help you. Lani
It is good that we are not assigned to spots (seats) in the new flexible learning space. Will
I think that flexible learning space is better option because you have a heap of space and you know where to sit. Tahlia
Flexible learning spaces are perfect for having adorable buddies and other activities because you don’t have to walk around a lot, especially the younger children.
You can work with your friends. You can work with your friends even if you’re in a different class, because you have a choice of where to sit. Leilani