Welcome to Winters Flat Primary School
Creator: Monte Macpherson
Credit: Sustainability Victoria
Photos: AJ Taylor, Anne Neath, Annette Ruzicka
Music: Richard Pleasance- 'Winters Flat Tyre'
We would like to acknowledge the Jaara Jaara people as members of the Dja Dja Wurrung community as the first peoples of Winters Flat and the surrounding areas. The Dja Dja Wurrung have been custodians and caretakers of the land and waters for many centuries and continue to perform age old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. We acknowledge the Jaara people as the custodians of the lands and waters of Winters Flat and we thank them for the care they have taken of country, the waters, the mountains, trees and animals. We also recognise all other Indigenous people of Castlemaine.
Welcome to Winters Flat Primary School and our vibrant school community.
Our school is located on the Western edge of Castlemaine, in a leafy, private, low traffic environment. Our expansive (7 acre) grounds include large playing areas, a fitness track, an oval, a Gaga pit, and two playgrounds.
'We are so proud to send our children to WFPS. They both love their classes, particularly Performing Arts and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. They love the grounds, which make it feel like a real country school. But most important of all, we love the WFPS staff and community. They truly value the individual, know and really care for our children, and provide exactly what a public school should - a richly diverse experience. Thank you Winters Flat!'
‘Winters Flat has been a wonderful school for both my children. The school provides programs that give children the opportunity to develop strong community based lifelong skills. One example of their care for self and the environment goals is practiced in the kitchen and garden program. It is a great experience for children.’
'It’s a little school with a lot of heart.'
Achieving success together
We aim to create an inclusive school community where students develop the academic, physical, social, emotional and creative skills that are the foundation for success in life. We celebrate diversity and promote a deep respect for the environment and for each other.
Promoting literacy and numeracy achievement
Students are the central focus in our learning community. We offer a broad Foundation to Year 6 curriculum underpinned by the Victorian Curriculum.
We organise teaching staff in teams – Junior, Senior and Specialists. Home group programs are supported by specialist classes in French, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Physical Education (P-6), as well as the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program for students in Grades 2- 6.
Sustainability and indigenous education
We are rated a 5-star Resource Smart school- and won numerous awards for our sustainability initiatives. We enjoy strong partnerships with our local indigenous community, Nalderun. Students join a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony each year, and our Koorie students take part in the ‘Meeting Place’ indigenous education program.
Student welfare and voice
Our student welfare and behaviour management plan is underpinned by the framework of the Positive Behaviour Support Program. Student Leadership is a feature of our school, and we encourage and support our student voice to be heard through an extensive program involving Community Leaders, Curriculum Leaders, Health Leaders and Koorie and Cultural Leaders.
Welcome to our school.
Have you heard our podcast?
Playground Tales, is a four-part series from students in years four to six. It explores a range of issues from hypnotising parents to climate change.