Sorrento Primary School is the southern-most school on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, and has served the students of the local area for more than 145 years on several different sites. Its current setting is in attractive grounds near the centre of the historic Sorrento township. Current enrolment is 300.
School values are Respect, Integrity, Persistence, Collaboration, Learning and Resilience.
Multi-age classrooms are used from year 1-6. Multi-age classes are restricted to two year levels. A teamwork approach to curriculum planning promotes consistency of delivery throughout the entire school. There is a strong focus on developing assessment capable visible learners (students who know themselves as learners and what to do to take the next step in their learning). This includes students giving teachers feedback, students knowing their strengths and areas for improvement, teachers understanding the impact they have on student learning and ensuring that that students are taught at their point of need. All students set themselves goals (supported by their teacher).
Students are encouraged to become more self aware as learners by developing the characteristics of an effective learner. The priority characteristics that Sorrento PS has identified are: Resilient, Self Motivated, Reflective, A Challenge Mindset, Creative and Persevere. They work, with their peers and teachers to develop the habits of a successful learner and to appreciate that they can continually improve theses habits.
Art, Music, Science (STEM) and Physical Education are taken as specialist subject areas. The school has a strong music program including two school choirs, a school band and an instrumental program. Senior students (years 5 and 6) have access to the Options Program where they choose from a variety of workshops; this allows them to follow a passion or learn new skills and develop new understandings.
Indonesian is taught from Foundation (Prep) to Year 6.
The school’s guiding principles are to provide a high quality education through a curriculum that has breadth, depth and relevance. The school is strongly committed to empowering students by placing an emphasis on literacy and numeracy and catering to the special needs and abilities of each student.
There is a whole school approach to student wellbeing and management, with all staff taking on a shared responsibility for all students. All staff use a Restorative Practice approach to assist students to resolve issues and restore relationships. Respectful Relationships is taught across the school and regular Circle Time takes place. Students are supported to regulate their behaviour by gaining an understanding of the Zones of Regulation and by having access to tools and activities that assist to regulate behaviour. Interested senior students are trained as Peacemakers; they assist younger students to solve minor playground issues.
The school has a flexible learning facility (completed in August of 2011), comprising of six home bases, staff offices, toilets and a library. Landscaping has occurred in the grounds to encourage outdoor learning and nature based play.
Access to ICT devices is extensive. Each classroom has a large interactive device. An optional Bring Your Own Device Program is in place for students in Year 3-6.
The school has grounds for sport and recreation as well as a heated swimming pool. Parents and community members are always made welcome in the school, with volunteers being a vital aspect of the daily life.