Footscray City Primary School (FCPS) is a Foundation to year 6 school established in 1870 in the inner west suburb of Footscray, in the City of Maribyrnong, seven kilometres from central Melbourne. The school is located next to the City of Maribyrnong Council Offices and is four hundred metres south of the Footscray railway station. We are also a campus for the Western English Language School (WELS).
The school’s history is reflected in its three buildings. The original 1870 Bluestone Building is now used for the music program, instrumental music and the allocation of classroom spaces for the WELS. The 1910 brick building houses six classrooms and a large central area. The 1970’s brick building houses the school’s administration area, staff-room, art program, canteen, multi-purpose room, Out of School Hours Care, teaching spaces for seventeen classes and a variety of offices and small group rooms.
The school’s grounds currently have two main playground areas, a synthetic grass soccer field, active use garden areas, vegetable garden, chook pen, sandpits and asphalt hard-court space for basketball, bat-tennis, and volleyball. The space formerly used as a grass oval is now under construction with the addition of a Gymnasium and Performing Arts Building.
The 2019 school enrolment is 477 and this has grown steadily since 2012 when the enrolment was 170. The school was significantly restructured following a Department of Education intervention at the end of 2011. The prep enrolment in 2012 was 22, however the prep enrolment in now consistently sitting at 80 students. The enrolment is expected to grow to beyond 500 over the next few years, with the predicted enrolment for 2020 is 520+.
Curriculum: (The following information should be addressed within the responses to the selection criteria)
The school focuses on the development of student capabilities in literacy and numeracy, believing these are the foundations for learning all areas of curriculum.
The instructional mode and instructional strategies implemented in all classroom and specialist programs is based on the research of Robert Marzano, McREL International, Richard and Rebecca Dufour and John Hattie. Focus is placed on all students learning at high levels, educators working collaboratively in Professional Learning Communities and evidence-based practice to ensure growth for every child.
Our Annual Implementation Plan prioritises the building of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, particularly in the areas of ‘Building Practice Excellence’ and ‘Curriculum Planning and Assessment’. The school places a strong emphasis on leaders operating with a focus on curriculum, instruction and assessment, and we have a range of leadership opportunities including PLTs, Curriculum Priority Areas and Curriculum Coaching of teachers. Our priority is to deliver improved student learning outcomes for every student through personalised learning programs, an orderly environment and the development of a Growth Mindset.
Our Specialist Programs are delivered by teachers specifically trained in their respective fields and with significant experience in the areas of Visual and Performing Arts, Language Learning (Mandarin) and Physical Education. The Specialist Professional Learning Team work collaboratively as a team and with teachers across the school, ensuring students are exposed to concepts across the learning programs and have the opportunity to access a diverse curriculum.
We also offer a high quality Instrumental Music Program, with students accessing this learning during the school day with highly trained and specialised music educators. Students have the opportunity to work in individual and small group settings, with regular performance presentations to their peers and community members. We have a proven record of this program enhancing the learning and wellbeing of our students, and contributing to improved learning outcomes across the curriculum.
The parent community is actively involved in the school and their children’s learning. This is in the form of involvement in school council sub committees, classroom volunteers, maintenance and improvements to facilities and grounds, fundraising and community events such as our Bi-annual Art Show (Visual Arts) and Big Day Out (Performing Arts), participating in Curriculum Celebrations and Student Learning Conferences. Teachers and school leaders in our school must be committed to supporting community involvement in the school’s programs, understanding its contribution to growth in student wellbeing.