Boolarra Primary School is situated in a picturesque rural setting, at the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges in Central Gippsland Victoria. Boolarra is a small town of approximately 1000 residents (including outlying areas). Boolarra Primary School is an integral part of the community which is reflected in the motto “Connected to the Community, Dedicated to Learning”. The Boolarra community is both vibrant and active which enables the school to link with community organisations such as Boolarra Community Development Group, Boolarra Folk Festival Group, Boolarra Football and Netball Club. As part of the community the school will continue to foster and develop links within the Boolarra Community.
The school’s Student Family Occupation (SFO) is 4.4444. School Council endeavours to keep all costs to the school community to a minimum.
As a small rural school with an enrolment between 80-90 students, staff and students have the capacity to build positive relationships with all. During 2017 we introduced the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program and this work continues to be a main focus for 2018. The main aim of the program is to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours at Boolarra Primary School. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.
Our teachers aim to have all students making learning progress and programs are adapted so all students can access and develop their skills as well as knowledge. At every grade level we have students working at, above or below the expected level. Our teachers differentiate the curriculum in all classes. Small class sizes range around 21 students allowing optimal learning opportunities and individualised explicit teaching for every student. Staffing at Boolarra Primary School consists of 7 teaching staff (several on a part time basis), 4 Education Support Staff all working part time along with a Business Manager working 3 days per week. In 2018 (four home groups operate: Foundation / One, 2/3, a 3/4 and a 5/6. Mandarin classes have been conducted across the school for half an hour each week, keyboard lessons are an option on a user pays basis.
The school sits on the border of the South Gippsland and Latrobe Valley school networks but is affiliated with the Latrobe Valley network. Our foundation students are drawn predominantly from the local pre-school and the majority of graduating grade six students move on to attend Mirboo North Secondary College, although many students are eligible to attend Kurnai College in Churchill.