Avenel Primary School is a rural community school located an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s northern suburbs, just off the Hume Freeway north of Seymour. Our school is a modern open plan learning complex of six learning studios and large common space and we also have access to one learning area within our historic building. A venerable oak tree is the centre piece of this picturesque school which blends the modern with the historic and features spacious open play areas. Avenel Primary School had an enrolment of 108 students in 2014.
The ethos of Avenel Primary School is to create a friendly, caring and purposeful school climate where children, teachers and parents work together towards the realisation of common goals of education. The school benefits from very enthusiastic and dedicated support in the Avenel community.
Our teaching and support staff are an exciting mix of youth and experience, working together as a whole school team interested in professional growth through on-going professional learning. There is a positive and supportive team spirit, openness and good humour on our staff. Team teaching is our core philosophy and every teacher in our school plans, collaborates and teaches alongside their colleagues. Our school is developing strong literacy and numeracy classroom teaching with a rigorous and consistent approach to individualised learning, a stage not age approach to student learning and high expectations of ourselves as teachers and our students. Our curriculum planning is centred on AusVELS. In 2013 our school was a finalist in the Victorian Education Excellence Awards in the Outstanding Leadership category and was also a winner of the Community Education Award from the Goulburn Broken Creek Community Resource Management Awards and a state finalist in the Landcare Awards 2013. In 2014, one of our teachers, Kate Phoenix, won the prestigious Victorian Primary Teacher of The Year Award. This is an exciting time for our school looking into the future as we establish ourselves in our new facilities and look to the further development of our learning culture, community engagement and school physical environment.