Since our school gates first opened in 1891, Wales Street Primary School has thrived as a central part of the Northcote and Thornbury community that we call home. As an accredited IB school, we’re here to help our students achieve their very best, and to help foster a love of life-long learning.
FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
Hello – and welcome to Wales Street! As I look around our school each day, I’m surrounded by busy kids and equally busy staff; learning, teaching, playing, growing. We’re here to deliver a well-rounded program for our kids, one that’s focused not just on their academic development, but also on their social and emotional development and wellbeing.
In recent years I’ve had the privilege of helping to oversee and implement extensive refinements to our core literacy and numeracy programs. In 2015 we gained accreditation to deliver the International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Program, and this underpins our delivery of the overarching Victorian Curriculum.
You’ll find lots of helpful information about our learning and student welfare programs here on this website, as well as a taste of what it’s like to be part of this amazing Wales Street community.
Jenny Deeble, Acting Principal
Keen to know what school life is all about? From important details like the school day timetable, term dates and lunch clubs, right through to student welfare and our annual program of events – have a browse and get a feel for a day in the life of Wales Street.
2020 school term dates
Term 1: 28 January to 27 March
Curriculum Day: Tuesday 10 March
Term 2: 14 April to 26 June
Curriculum Days: Thursday 4 June & Friday 5 June
Term 3: 13 July to 18 September
Term 4: 5 October to 18 December
School day timetable
Session 1 9:00 – 9:50
Session 2 9:50 – 10:40
Recess 10:40 – 11:10
Session 3 11:10 – 12:00
Session 4 12:00 – 12:50
Lunch eating time 12:50 – 1:00
Lunch play time 1:00 – 1:50
Session 5 1:50 – 2:40
Session 6 2:40 – 3:30
Our school uniform is compulsory for all students and must be worn every day. Our uniform colours are red and navy.
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Ph: 03 9819 7809
Mon-Fri: 8.30am to 5.00pm
Sat: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Lunch clubs provide opportunities for both enrichment and support, especially for students who may struggle with long lunchtime breaks in the yard. No sign-up required, and students are welcome to attend as often and as many clubs as they like. Clubs typically run from 1:25-1:50 daily.
Wales Street Primary School employs a Registered Nurse with nursing experience, from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm Monday to Friday, (covering both recess and lunchtime).
If your child requires medication at school, such as antibiotics, please complete and return the Short Term Medication Form to the School Office, along with the medication required.
At Wales Street Primary School we believe that everyone has:
- The right to feel safe and comfortable
- The right to learn without distraction
These two rights guide our behaviour management processes both in the classroom and in the playground.
Transition Year 6 to 7
Information for parents / carers on moving from primary school to secondary school can be found at Moving from primary to secondary school: information for parents.
While parents / carers can access the Information Pack and Application Form on the Department’s website, our school will also make every effort to provide families of Year 6 students a copy of the Year 7 Placement Information Pack and Application Form.
Parent Teacher Conferences - Postponed until further notice
We have a website links that your children use regularly in class activities. These are all under the “School links” button, which you’ll find up in the header row on every page of our website (right next to the school’s contact details).
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to unfold, it’s vital that families stay up to date with school updates. We’re doing our best to keep you informed via our primary communication tool – Compass. Make sure you download the Compass School Manager app to your phone, or keep an eye out for Compass email alerts in your inbox. (And please contact the school office if you don’t know the unique Compass login details for your family.)
2021 Foundation Enrolments - We are accepting applications NOW
We are now open and accepting applications for 2021 foundation enrolments. On this page go to the ‘Enrolments & Payment’ tab or ‘How to Enrol’ button and follow the instructions on how to enrol your child at WSPS.
Enrolments close 26 June, 2020.
DET Update - Students Returning to School
Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 12 May, some students will be returning to school from Tuesday 26 May.
The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:
- Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26 May
Early years students (Prep to Grade 2) and senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12) undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), and all specialist school students will return to on-site schooling. All staff will attend on-site.
- Stage 2 – from Tuesday 9 June
Grade 3 to Year 10 students will return to on-site schooling, subject to health advice.
The Department’s latest advice on can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
End of Term 2 - Friday 26 June
We will be finishing early on Friday as it will be last day of term 2. As with staggered departure times we will continue the same exit plan but wind it back one hour so that all students are dismissed by 2.30pm.
- Foundation students will be dismissed at 2.00pm,
- Grade 1 at 2.05pm
- Grade 2 at 2.10pm
- Grade 3 at 2.15pm
- Grade 4 at 2.20pm
- Grade 5 and 6 at 2.25pm.
- Older siblings are to continue to arrive and leave with their younger siblings.
- Morning arrival times stay the same.
Semester reports will be released on Compass on Friday 26 June after 3pm.