Principal's Welcome


Dinjerra Primary School is a P-6 co-educational school of 146 students and 17 staff members. In 2019, the school underwent a $7.4M upgrade providing a thoroughly modern and up to date teaching and learning environment.

Dinjerra Primary School started as Tottenham North Primary School in 1953 and has undergone a few name changes over the years. ‘Dinjerra’ was chosen as an Indigenous name, meaning ‘of the west’, and the name actually refers to a fish species in Western Australia. Being ‘of the west’ is true, as over the years, the school has serviced families in the Braybrook, West Footscray, Tottenham and Maidstone communities.

 

Our motto ‘Learning for Living’ refers to the students developing the foundational literacy, numeracy and social skills that will support them to be active participants in their future and their community. The school has embedded School Wide Positive Behaviours both within classrooms and in the playground, which is underpinned by our school values:

  • We are Safe
  • We are Thoughtful
  • We are Learners

Our current 2021 grade structure across six classrooms, is as follows:

  • 2 x Prep/1 classrooms
  • 2 x 2/3 classrooms
  • 1 x 4/5 classroom
  • 1 x 5/6 classroom

From 2022 onwards, we will move towards a ‘straight grade’ structure, as the enrolment numbers allow. In 2022, it is confirmed there will be 2 or 3 straight Grade Prep classrooms. Our students enjoy a variety of specialist classes. Our specialist areas are: Art, Physical Education, LOTE (Spanish) and Music. Each class also visits the school library once per week.

 

Dinjerra staff members are focused on the three big ideas of a Professional Learning Community:

  1. Ensuring that all students learn at high levels
  2. Being results driven and informed by data, and
  3. A collaborative culture – we work collaboratively

We are research-, and refer to ‘best practice’ in Education to design optimal learning experiences for our students. The staff work collaboratively to build high-quality curriculum documentation and agreed upon practices.

We have a valuable connection with our families and offer a variety of ways for families to contribute to the school, in terms of classroom volunteers, gardening committee and fundraising and community events.

I look forward to meeting your family to share the vibrant and stimulating community we have created at Dinjerra.

 

Natalie Vulic

Principal

 

 

 

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