Welcome to Moonambel Primary School

Moonambel Primary School was established in 1875 and is proud of its history and its contribution to education in the district over a long period. The school serves the township and surrounding farming district which also features a world class wine industry and an associated tourism industry. We are about 20 minutes from Avoca a rural township and 45 minutes from the cities of Maryborough and Stawell.

Moonambel Primary School’s motto is “Creating Bright Futures”. Our school community believes that children learn best in a happy, caring and supportive environment and that the success of each child will be enhanced when education is seen as a partnership involving the children, teachers, parents and local community. We focus on the development of social responsibility, encouraging our students to care for others and to see themselves as important members of a community of which they can be proud.

The size of our school, combined with strong parent and community support and the schools central role in a small community, enables us to provide a personalised and flexible education program that emphasises the positive aspects of growing up in a rural situation.

The school is situated in well-maintained grounds, which feature two new adventure playgrounds, climbing equipment, a covered sandpit, multipurpose court area, an oval and a barbeque and picnic area.  Bushland borders to the grounds provide a most attractive setting.  We continue to create more gardens, seating and educational areas around the school as we implement our Sustainability Program.

Our computer/internet facilities are modern and include 2 IWBs’ and 1-1 child computer and iPad access. Computer technologies and electronic media continue to be used to enhance all curriculum areas. We provide students with laptop computers and iPads to support our one-on-one curriculum at school and at home. We also embrace many digital learning opportunities to enhance our curriculum via our Polycom video-conferencing and Apple TV. Our library, photocopier and laptop computers are available for the community to use as well as provision of adult on-line learning via video-conferencing.

Our school provides a challenging and comprehensive curriculum.  Moonambel Primary School is dedicated to bringing quality education to its students and it is continually assessing school and student needs in order to remain at the forefront/cutting edge of current practice. This school gives priority to improved Literacy and Mathematics teaching with individual student performance.

Sustainability is a continuous and integral part of our curriculum. Since 2013 the students have commenced designing and regenerating our old school oval. All students have a voice and contribution to how this will evolve and be maintained. We have also included community/wider community voice and involvement in our journey. Donations of reusable and recyclable materials by the wider community have allowed the students to make their own no-dig gardens. 60 trees were also donated by 15 Trees and the students have created a native tree corridor and commenced building a frog pond. The area is also used for environmental, natural and creative play. Every Monday we cook a range of sweet and savoury recipes. At the end of each year we compile our own cookbook. We have also been participants in the Healthy Eating Program funded by the Pyrenees Shire. Students have visited a wind farm, the RACV Challenge and Cranbourne Botanical Gardens.

We have our own bus which extends our learning curriculum further than the classroom. All excursions are planned with our integrated curriculum topics. In the last 18 months we have made visits to The National Wool Museum, visited a working shearing shed, attended Cluster Days, became palaeontologists and saw animatronic dinosaurs, experienced Monet’s Garden Exhibition, climbed a wind turbine, Werribee Plains Zoo, Cranbourne Botanical gardens, 13 storey tree-house at The Playhouse, Kryal Castle, picked olives and saw them pressed into olive oil and went to Phillip Island with our parents.

The bus also allows us to make use of extra-curricular activities in a larger centre. We learn the ukulele; have singing lessons, gymnastics, drama lessons and swimming.