School Performance Reporting 2015

Performance Information is made publicly available to the school community.  This information has been provided to the school community through the newsletter and school website.  What follows is a collated version of this information under the headings specified by the Australian Government.  The information relates to the 2015 school year.
 
Contextual information about the school
Immanuel is one of the 84 systemic Lutheran Schools in Australia that has God’s Word at the centre of life. Through the Lutheran Faith we share a history of schooling in Australia spanning 175 years. Sited on the same campus as Immanuel College, Immanuel Primary School offers an exceptional range of programs, facilities and options for students as they pursue the ELC to Year 12 journey. Immanuel is an innovative school that has been accredited by the International Baccalaureate for delivering the Primary Years Program in an exceptional manner. Immanuel is an innovative school that connects the strengths of spirituality and learning through a celebration of the gospel and an outstanding educational program with a very active co-curricular program. We recognise the values of tradition but keep our eye firmly on the future. Our school is one of hope and optimism as we strive to make caring a way of life for our students and community. The rigour of the IB Primary Years Program is connected to an environment where students feel empowered to learn, explore, discover and analyse. In conjunction with an extensive curricular program, skills for the future are developed with passion and interest. Classrooms are full of smiles and high on praise and students are encouraged to take pride in their accomplishments-small or large. The development of interpersonal relationships is central to our ethos and we encourage our students, parents and teachers to connect at each stage of the learning journey. We warmly welcome the active participation of our parents and grandparents in assisting us to educate their children. The physical space our students occupy on campus is the result of thoughtful planning. We place our students at the centre of learning by providing age appropriate safe outdoor play spaces and indoor teaching areas. Facilities include a Performing Arts Centre, spacious grounds and ovals, access to a world class Swimming Centre, Gymnasium, tennis / netball courts, Art Studio, Japanese Language classrooms and Resource Centre. The School has a purpose built Early Learning Centre and a Library Resource Centre rich in resources and spaces to develop flourishing children. Every location provides opportunities for interactive learning that inspires the transference of knowledge. Student well-being is enhanced through active, physical participation in sport and an extensive Performing Arts Program. Every student is able to achieve a daily personal best by participation in one of more than 50 sporting teams, led by outstanding coaches and supported by enthusiastic parents and grandparents. The extensive Instrumental and Choral programs provide students with opportunities to develop individual talent and collaborative skills. Everyone belongs at Immanuel. Central to the approach at Immanuel Primary School is the belief of partnership - parents and teachers working together in providing the best possible environment and quality of care for all students. As of Term 4, 2015 640 students attend from ELC – Year 6.
 

Teacher Standards and Qualifications

The following table indicates the qualifications of IPS staff.

Diploma Degrees Grad Dip T
14 42 21

 

 

 

Workplace Composition

  Number FTE Indigenous

Teachers

45

38.7

0

Non teaching staff

25

18.3 

0

Total

70

57

0

 

 

 

 

Student Attendance at School 

Year Level Attendance
ELC 96.9%
Reception 98.5%
1 96.8%
2 95.8%
3 96.4%
4 96.4%
5 96.5%
6 97%
Overall 96.78%

 

Procedure for Non-attendance
Parents make contact with school to report non-attendance which normally occurs through sickness. Teachers record absences and the school makes contact with parents who do not report reasons for absence.

Non-attendance at the school is managed through Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Coordinators.

Student Outcomes in Standardized National Literacy and Numeracy Testing.
Proportions of Year 3 and 5 students meeting national reading writing, spelling, grammar/ punctuation and numeracy benchmarks.

2015 Reading Spelling Writing Grammar & Punctuation Numeracy
Year 3 99% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Year 5 100% 99% 98% 99% 100%

 

Satisfaction (Parents, Staff, Students)

In addition to the continuing sources of feedback from parents, teachers and students, the school community participates in on going feedback processes. 
 
The School recently completed a comprehensive survey through the Research Australia Development and Innovation Institute (RADII) in conjunction with Lutheran Education Australia.  The survey analysed the collected data from parents, teachers and students and qualifies that information which can then be used as a resource for school leaders to gain a clear image about school alignment to its goals - ie how well the groups think the school is operating.
The result provides a snapshot view from staff, student and parents.
 
Overall the feedback received was extremely positive and points to a school that has much to be proud of.
 
Staff, parents and students agree that the Christian values and ethos of the school are a strength of Immanuel Primary School and evident in all aspects of school culture.  The way these values are lived out and the sense of Christian community that is fostered and developed through these, builds a positive school spirit and inclusive community. Parents appreciate being able to learn more about the school’s culture through opportunities to attend class dinners, school worships, P & F activities, Student Led Conferences and specific curriculum events.
 
In line with this sense of Christian community, is the strength of the wellbeing program and nurturing of the whole child. Support for the wellbeing of staff, students and the wider parent community has been a noted area of improvement, with the approach to wellbeing becoming more intentional and transparent. Students particularly noted the strength of the co curricular programs and opportunities they have outside of the classroom to develop their strengths. 
 
The school is viewed in the broader community as one that is well resourced with excellent facilities , strong leadership and passionate teachers.  The dedication, professionalism and sense of community amongst  staff was reflected by staff, parents and the students.  The opportunities staff have for Professional Development encourage reflective and innovative practice, founded in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.  Teachers commented on the need for a consistent approach to feedback on teaching practice and performance and a more intentional approach to individual learning plans for staff. 
 
There is general agreement that technology has been effectively implemented to support learning and the strategic and supported way that this was rolled out has been appreciated by staff, students and parents. Balancing curriculum priorities with the dynamic nature of school life was an expected challenge communicated by teachers. Developing more effective ways of reporting outcomes and progress to parents is continually in review, with the Student Led Conferences, Parent Teacher Interviews and Portfolio of work samples forming integral parts of the Assessment and Reporting picture. 
 

School Income broken down by funding source.

School fees paid by parents $4,117,895 50.6%
Commonwealth recurrent grants $3,210,553
39.4%
State recurrent grants $729,888 9%
Other income - interest etc $81,170 1%
Total $8,139,596 100%

  

Curriculum