Sunbury Heights Primary School was established in 1981, using the core-plus design. Six permanent classrooms were added in 2005 with an additional five classrooms being built as part of the Building Education Revolution Program. Our grounds adjoin those of Sunbury Downs Secondary College, which provides convenience for families with siblings attending both schools. Our hours of operation are aligned with Sunbury Downs SC. In 2020 a shared community facility and two room preschool will be completed. Building works is underway for a designated STEAM room which will be completed in April 2020. Along with an attractive and spacious entrance the school boasts a well-resourced library, gymnasium /multipurpose room, canteen, after school/vacation care room and staff administration area. There are also two grassed netball/ courts, extensive grassed areas, two adventure playgrounds, a sand pit, shaded areas and additional asphalt areas.
The enrolment is currently around 410 and with families moving into new areas such as the Ashfield and Rosenthal Estates, further growth is expected. Of the total student population, 15 are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, 11 live in out of home care, 24 are EAL, 11 are on the PSD program and 20 students have ASD. The school has embedded practices for the diversity of parents/carers and family members to be engaged to understand the learning progress of their children and how to effectively support them to learn.
The school equivalent full time staff is 22, with 2 Principal Class Officers, 20 classroom teachers and 14 Education Support Staff. The school runs 18 classrooms and specialist classes in Art, Science, PE, Music and LOTE. Sunbury Heights Primary School is becoming known as one that has the personnel, programs and processes in place that supports students with more complex needs. An Engagement and Wellbeing Coordinator, ES staff, Speech Pathologist, Chaplain and Community Hub Coordinator are wellbeing interventions in place for the support of our students and families.
The school community strives to provide a positive, stimulating and secure learning environment to cater for the needs of each student as an individual. The school does this by creating a caring atmosphere that reinforces mutual respect, promotes self-esteem and develops a sense of belonging to our school. The school values teamwork, effective communication, informed decision making and community involvement. Professional learning is valued to ensure delivery of excellent and consistent educational programs through exemplary professional practices.
Purpose and Values:
Sunbury Heights Primary School is a Lead School in the implementation of Respectful Relationships and is in the second year of School Wide Positive Behaviour implementation. Our school wide values are respect, responsibility and kindness. The school is committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff, volunteers and school families. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability. As a school we have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.
Sunbury Heights Primary School remains focussed on implementing the Education State themes of Learning for Life, Happy Healthy and Resilient Kids, Breaking the Link and Pride and Confidence in our schools. Our school wide belief is that “no child regardless of social status or postcode will miss out on a first class state school education.”