Kurunjang Primary School was opened in 1989 and is located 35 kilometres north west of Melbourne, in the northern area of Melton, in the Kurunjang estate, adjacent to Kurunjang Secondary College
The school’s strategic direction for 2020-2023 is centred on improving student outcomes in literacy and numeracy; improving students’ confidence and engagement in learning and their connectedness with their peers, their teachers, the school and the community; establishing a safe, calm and orderly learning environment; and maximising all aspects of school operations resource allocations to achieve the best possible outcomes for students. Our prioritized initiatives within the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) are Building Leadership Teams, Building Practice Excellence, Curriculum Planning and Assessment, and Setting Expectations and Promoting Inclusion.
The leadership profile consists of the Principal, Assistant Principal Years F-2, Assistant Principal Years 3-6, two Leading Teachers, three Learning Specialists. The teaching profile consists of classroom teachers, and Education Support staff. We have additional support areas including, catering for students with disabilities and intervention programs, maintenance of grounds, Library, and ICT infrastructure.
In 2024 there are 27 classes incorporating:
Specialist curriculum classes are:
Our Professional Learning Community incorporates year level, specialist and leadership teams, who ensure collaboration and consistency of curriculum planning and implementation of a guaranteed and viable curriculum across the school, including documenting the essential learnings and proficiency scales within the Victorian Curriculum. Planned and targeted professional learning occurs for whole school and individual staff in line with the Strategic and Annual Implementation plans and individual Performance and Development goals and standards. The staff at Kurunjang Primary School are dedicated, and work together in collaborative teams to provide the best opportunities for our students.
Explicit leadership in instructional practice is incorporated through Leading Teachers and Learning Specialists in Teaching/Learning, Intervention/Supported learning, and external literacy and numeracy consultants, directly involved in planning. External behavioural coaching complements the implementation of a whole school approach, and practice, in School Wide Positive Behaviour Supports. Equity Funding has enabled consultation and mentoring in adopting the Berry St Education model for proven positive, trauma-informed, wellbeing practices to significantly progress student’s academic achievement.
Each classroom and specialist area has an apple TV. Banks of iPads enable eLearning tools to be integrated into curriculum programs rather than a stand-alone resource.
10% of students at Kurunjang have English as an additional language and 3% are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Individual Learning Plans are developed and implemented for students whose background is Koorie, EAL, PSD, or Out of Home care; as well as those who are working 12 months below or 12 months above the expected level for their age.
Transition activities and programs for transition include:
Our students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of enrichment activities and special events including incursions, excursions, sporting activities, concerts and camps (Foundation Breakfast and Pyjama day, Year 1/2 Big Night In and sleep over, Year 3/4 bi-annual camp and 5/6 annual camp). Student Leadership facilitates weekly assemblies alternating between the F-2 and 3-6 cohorts, and represent the student voice within the school.
Kurunjang Primary School values strong partnerships between teachers, students and parents; welcoming in parents in PFA programs. Community expertise is harnessed with Early Years partnerships, and allied health professionals and agencies.
Kurunjang Primary School has well-appointed buildings that include classroom offices/walk in storage and withdrawal spaces between each double classroom in the main building, and a large, shared project and multiple learning spaces in the Learning Hub. The Personal Learning studio, built in 2011, adjoining the existing gymnasium, has a multiple purpose for catering for the school community, including meetings and events of the PFA, meetings and professional learning for staff, and collaborative student projects. Our Kitchen Garden Program is run out of the neighbouring Kuranjang Community Hub, which includes a fully appointed kitchen with cooking facilities.
School Facilities also include a Gymnasium, Visual and Performing Arts rooms, and Library. The Out of School Hours (OSH club) program is situated in a single room in the main building with secure access for care givers, and operates both a before and after school program. The room is also utilized as the F-2 Performing Arts. All classrooms and learning spaces are well equipped, and have heating and air conditioning.
The school has extensive play spaces for the students including an external oval, synthetic turf athletic track and soccer field, hard turf areas, playgrounds and sandpits (Foundation, Year 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6) and a turf double basketball court. The well landscaped, maintained, and resourced grounds provide a most attractive school environment well suited to recreation, developmental play, and outdoor learning.