Overview

Apollo Parkways Primary School is located in the outer northern suburb of Greensborough and has an enrolment of 803 students. The majority of students are from the immediate locality, but a significant proportion of students, 42%, are drawn from suburbs outside the local neighbourhood. Our school’s high profile with regard to information and communication technologies (ICT) and general education excellence has led to many families choosing to travel to Apollo Parkways from suburbs some distance away.


>The school has excellent facilities and resources which provide opportunities for all students to experience a comprehensive curriculum in a caring, yet challenging atmosphere. A major building program completed in 2011 has provided many state of the art facilities including: a purpose built arts building for art and music programs, a well stocked library, a full size basketball stadium for physical education & sport, and a community centre that supports Out of School Hours Care and other school and community events. Whilst the emphasis is placed on literacy and numeracy, the curriculum at Apollo Parkways also features specialist programs in Performing Arts (music), Visual Arts, Library, Physical Education & Sport and LOTE (Italian). Additional assistance programs are provided to those students with special needs. An enrichment program, The Pegasus Program, is offered to highly capable and talented students.


Through the development of our ‘Apollo Parkways Learning Model’ our students, teachers and school community have been able to articulate clearly our educational philosophy. The ‘Apollo Parkways Learning Model’ embodies our core values and school vision – life long learning in a global community. Our parent community is heavily involved in the school’s life and shares a commitment to its future development. It is clear that there is a climate of mutual goodwill, trust and cooperation, based on a clear and unified purpose.


The staff’s desire for our school to be characterised by enthusiasm, hard work, success and pride has resulted in Apollo Parkways Primary School being considered a good place to work. The school has attracted, developed and retained an excellent staff. The school’s policy towards personal development, helping people to reach their full potential, is considered not only in connection to the students but also towards enhancing the talents of the staff responsible for educating these students.


Apollo Parkways has a fine history of excellence and innovation with regard to ICT. All classrooms offer a wide range of computers and technologies to support the curriculum and establishing the use of ICT as a regular part of all learning. Our Grade 5 & 6 classrooms operate with a 1:1 iPad program, supporting the greater personalisation of the learning. Our implementation of this iPad program stands as a model for other schools many of whom have visited to witness the work of our students and teachers.

 

Doreen Montgomery
Principal