Drouin West Primary School is located on the Main Neerim Road 7.5 kilometres from the main Drouin Township. The student population is drawn from the township of Drouin. Students also come from towns further away including Noojee, Neerim South, Warragul, Labertouche and Rokeby. All families arrange private transport to our school.
The original school site was established in 1874 making Drouin West the first school in West Gippsland. The facilities have been extended and upgraded in recent years. The school community has experienced disruption to regular programs with classes relocating several times within the school year during the construction period. The first stage of the Master Plan was completed in April, 2009 as part of the Rural School Replacement program. Facilities included new Administration area, Multi Purpose Room, student toilets, library, open plan teaching and learning areas and spaces for our Visual and Performing Arts programs. Stage two was part of the Building an Education Revolution program and includes open plan teaching and learning areas. This was completed in April 2011. The school community has also upgraded the extensive garden and playground areas to improve the aesthetics and ambience of the school.
Enrolments in general have continued to increase slightly over the last four years. It is anticipated this trend will continue in the future as there has been significant sub divisions opening up on the outskirts of Drouin.
The school’s mission is: To provide a safe, caring and vibrant environment that enhances learning, personal growth and well being for all students in their endeavors to become effective and productive members of the global society. To create a stimulating and supportive environment for all staff and assist, inform and involve parents and the wider community.
The school has had a focus on literacy and numeracy while also offering integrated curriculum units developed by staff on a two year cycle. Specialist programs include visual and performing arts, physical education, reading recovery and in 2012 science. ICT is taught across the curriculum.
Staff development has been a high priority for the school with teachers involved in school based Professional Team Meetings, Network and Regional initiatives. Teachers have been involved in the Gippsland Literacy Improvement Strategy, Leading in Effective Schools, as well as the Leaders in the Making program. Teachers have also been part of the West Gippsland Network: Instructional Rounds, University of Melbourne specialist Certificate in Leadership Assessment Practice, have had direct coaching in classrooms in Mathematics and attended Ultranet training. Our Educational Support Staff have also had opportunities to engage in developing their understanding of working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.