Port Melbourne Primary School is situated about 3km west of the CBD and has a current enrolment of 780. Enrolments have fluctuated over the years but have experienced sustained growth over the past twelve years, increasing from 173 students in 2006 to 829 students in semester 2 2017. The opening of the Soiuth Melbourne (Ferrars St) Primary School in 2018 has decreased the enrolment pressure on the school, and the opening of South Melbourne Park PS in 2019 may further reduce this enrolment pressure. The majority of students reside in Port Melbourne and Garden City, although several families in South Melbourne and Southbank, which are no longer in the PMPS zone, are still enrolled here. The current zone is bounded by Pickles St, Ingles St, the Yarra and the Bay.
The original school building, constructed in 1890, was extensively renovated in 2008 to house the administration area as well as five open plan learning spaces. A new building incorporating a Library, an Art Room and six open plan learning spaces was completed in 2009, while a second building comprising a Multi-purpose Hall, a Music Room and two open-plan learning spaces was completed in 2010. Four multi-storey classroom blocks have been incorporated into the school facilities since 2011 and these are now grouped on the Walter St side of the school as D Block – our senior school. During 2018, a new gymnasium incorporating a competition standard netball/nbasketball court is being constructed along the Clark St frontage oif the school and in 2019 our existing Multipurpose Hall will be reconfigured as an Arts Hub.
All classes are timetabled in open-plan learning spaces, with two teachers working collaboratively in each class pair to deliver a differentiated curriculum that ensures that the learning needs of ALL students are met. Teachers at each year level plan in collaborative teams with all members of each year level team sharing responsibility for the education of all the students at their year level. The team leaders meet regularly to share information across all year levels to ensure that the school functions as an effective Professional Learning Community. As enrolments have increased, the school has moved from a relatively low Student Family Occupation Index of about 0.80 to an index of about 0.28, with about 20% of families qualifying for support from the Camps & Excursions fund, and about 20% of students coming from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds.
The school is an active member of the Northern Lights cluster, a group of six local primary schools who work co-operatively to improve student learning outcomes in our area. Port Melbourne Primary School strives to provide an exciting, challenging and caring learning environment that motivates children, provides them with the opportunity to maximise their potential and equips them with the necessary skills, values and knowledge to become valued members of the community. At Port Melbourne Primary School, we appreciate the importance of the whole school environment and community – our people, buildings, grounds, and belongings. Implementing the following values underpins the culture of our school.
Respect – This includes self respect and recognising the interdependence of the members of our school community, and is demonstrated by showing consideration, tolerance, understanding and patience in all relationships.
Resilience – This means that school community members, as individuals, are able to respond creatively to challenging situations through engagement, persistence, and perseverance.
Responsibility – This means that school community members, through self discipline, dependability, independence, helpfulness and teamwork, support others and themselves to achieve outcomes for the greater good of the community.
Excellence – This means that we are all encouraged and challenged to achieve our best and maximise our potential in all facets of school life.