Altona North Primary School provides a teaching and learning environment that engages, inspires and challenges students, staff, families and the wider community to be "the best they can be" socially, emotionally and academically. Altona North Primary School nurtures and supports all students in becoming innovative, resilient, lifelong learners who make positive contributions to local and global communities.
Our vision is about students, staff, families and the community working cooperatively together to develop positive attitudes, skills and the ability to confidently meet life's challenges.
RESPECT, EXCELLENCE, ACCEPTANCE, COMMUNITY and HONESTY are the core values of our school. These values govern how all members of the school community conduct themselves on a daily basis.
Altona North Primary School is located in a residential suburb of the City of Hobson's Bay that borders a main industrial area. It was established in 1965 and recently celebrated its 50 years in educating the local community. We have seen many changes in the local area and ANPS prides itself on the rapport it has developed with our local community.
The school's enrolment in 2018 is 190 students. A significant number of families are transient and the school deals with student exits and arrivals throughout the school year. The school has a Student Family Occupation (SFO) density of 0.69 and a high percentage of English as an Additional Language (EAL) families. At ANPS we cater for a diverse range of cultures through close community relationships, strong differential curriculum and a holistic approach to each student’s social/ emotional welfare and learning.
The students are organised into an appropriate grade structure, determined with reference to Victorian Curriculum levels, school needs and student enrolments. This structure is reviewed annually. In 2018 this structure comprises 2 grades 5/6, 3 grades 3/4, 2 grades 1/2 and 2 grades prep.
A comprehensive curriculum is provided encompassing all areas of the Victorian Curriculum. The school has adopted an inquiry learning model using an integrated approach to curriculum planning and delivery supported by timetabled provision for Unit Team Planning. Specialist programs are provided in Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Music, Physical Education, AUSLAN (LOTE) and an embedded Sustainability Program. ICT is integrated across all curriculum areas. All staff are coached /mentored in curriculum development and teaching to ensure all students are receiving the very best in student learning.
Our active Parents and Friends Group is dedicated and hardworking. The group aims to provide our students with the latest resources and to assist in keeping a sense of pride in our school through keeping our facilities, buildings and grounds well maintained and inviting for all students and their families.
We constantly ensure safety as a priority for all students whilst they enjoy the security of a safe and collaborative culture.