Principal Message

On behalf of the Lara Primary School community, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family. I am extremely proud to be the principal of a school that has a long history of providing outstanding state education. A school that is so strongly supported by the local community, resulting in a current population of approximately 440 students.

Our goal is to create a learning environment that recognises the unique stages of development and provides child-centred experiences reflective of the Victorian Curriculum. When developing curriculum programs, our teachers take into account the whole child and their individual learning needs. Whilst, Literacy and Numeracy are a key focus, we also place high importance on other areas such as Inquiry, Physical Education, Science, Digital Technologies, Art and LOTE (Indonesian).

We are proud of our strong sense of community and association with the environment. We take full advantage of our rural location. This is reflected by the number of extra-curricular programs offered to students at all year levels, including our important partnership with Serendip Sanctuary.

At Lara Primary School there is a consistent approach to student behaviour and management that is based on best practice. Students are explicitly taught social and emotional skills through our School Wide Positive Behaviour System. They are also encouraged to display a growth mindset by taking responsibility for and reflecting on their own behaviour. The students are directed by our three school rules:

- I am safe

- I am respectful

- I am ready to learn

The students are guided by dedicated and caring teachers who are committed to working together in cohort teams. These teams focus on providing a learning environment that is safe, has high expectations, develops the full potential of each child and insists on continuous improvement for all students.

We strongly value the home-school partnership, believing that by working together we can achieve successful outcomes for all of our students. We are proud of the community spirit which connects us, with positive relationships and open communication supporting our efforts to provide an excellent education for all.

I welcome you to the Lara Primary School community and look forward to working alongside you to provide the best opportunities for your child. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to learn a little more about our school or to organise a personal school tour.

Joel Riddle – Principal