Talbot Primary School seeks to provide a caring, supportive environment, which promotes a healthy spirit of co-operation, encourages respect for all while protecting the right of each individual to maximise their learning potential and experience success through recognition of achievement and effort.
The Talbot Primary School community maintains a commitment to the five values of:
Through these values we aim to:
• provide a caring, supportive and protective environment, which promotes a healthy spirit of co-operation and encourages respect for all.
• offer a comprehensive curriculum, which encourages high standards in learning and provides opportunities to maximise the potential of all students.
• develop in each child the ability to adapt to change, accept challenges and set realistic goals.
• foster and develop each child’s natural abilities, which make it possible for each to enjoy a sense of achievement and self-worth.
• develop in each child a sense of responsibility to the community by fostering networks with other local groups.
• promote effective communication processes, which enhance and strengthen the partnership between home and school.
Talbot is located in Central Victoria, 55 km north of Ballarat, the nearest major city, and 14 km south of the industrial town of Maryborough which provides the community with access to shops, medical and dental treatment, secondary schooling and sporting associations.
The school site of approximately two hectares includes an arboretum adjacent to the open grounds where several very old, large trees give protection from the sun. Facilities allowing for both passive and active recreational play include tennis / basketball / netball, an oval with shared football and cricket area and an extensive set of playground equipment. There is a paved shade sail area providing a raised stage area for performances and passive play. The school is also developing sensory/science gardens and has a small productive vegetable garden.
The school buildings comprise two historic brick structures dating from the gold rush era when an enrolment of 700 was accommodated. Today with stable numbers around 60 we are extremely well accommodated. One building has 3 classroom spaces, an open plan learning area and administration. The Better Schools Building work provided the exceptional learning area off the 3 open plan classrooms that enable staff and students to work together in flexible ways. The new areas are spacious, light filled and have passive solar orientation. The other building provides a large arts area for performing and visual arts.
The best future the school can offer its students is the ability to be literate and numerate, and the school makes this our priority. Technology has become a strong focus in the school with students having access to netbooks and iPads and interactive whiteboards in each room. Additional assistance is provided to both teachers and students through an intervention teacher/learning coach and education support staff. The students enjoy a range of specialist classes including Visual Arts, Music, French and Physical Education. We also have a MARC (Mobile Area Resource Centre) teacher who comes once a week to take library lessons. Daily values classes support our students to make strong decisions, work collaboratively with others and show resilience in an ever changing world.
The school takes part in district sports and joins with local schools for sport and activity days as well as providing coaches clinics at school for students. A performing arts program operates each year as an intensive series of workshops with visiting performers, and celebrates with a community concert. The senior classes take an active role and enter in the Maryborough RACV Energy Breakthrough each year. Being a small school we rely on all staff, students and parents working together as a strong team.