Our School - About Us

Established in 1864, Birregurra Primary School is a unique learning community, situated 20 kilometres east of Colac. The school is nestled in a picturesque rural setting within the township of Birregurra on a 4 hectare site. The physical facilities of the school consist of 4 classrooms, an Arts Centre, a Multipurpose Room, two ovals, tennis/basketball courts and extensive playground area.

The school has a current enrolment of 84 students with approximately 30% of students travelling to school by bus. The Student Family Occupation (SFO) index is 0.42 (State mean 0.52). There are no Indigenous students or students from non-English speaking backgrounds. There are no students supported with funding from the Program for Students with Disabilities Management System, (PSDMS). 

Teachers work in teams to collaboratively plan teaching and learning programs that are aligned with AusVELS. We pride ourselves on catering for all members of our learning community utilising innovative programs and teaching practices, understanding individual student needs and maximising our wide community contacts to provide the broadest program to achieve the best learning outcomes. Teachers use a range of student data to ensure that learning is personalised to meet each student’s learning needs. We provide an integrated inquiry approach to learning which includes extracurricular activities such as the Active After School program, excursions, camps, swimming and a range of applied learning projects developed in partnership with local community groups.

Students have access to weekly specialist Art and Library classes through the Mobile Art and Library Resource Centres. They also have weekly LOTE (Italian) classes. A Specialist Physical Education program is offered in Term 1. Specialist music lessons are offered weekly in Terms 3 & 4 and students can access individual piano, cello, drum and singing lessons in school time throughout the year.

Learning Technologies support student and staff learning in a variety of ways. All teachers have a school iPad and lease their own laptop. The current ICT infrastructure enables each child to have access to either a laptop, Nextbook or iPad and there is an interactive whiteboard in each classroom enabling teachers to use learning technologies as a tool to actively support and enhance student learning. The school has a Polycom video conferencing unit enabling students and teachers to connect, communicate and collaborate with others without leaving the classroom.

Teachers are continually accessing relevant professional learning to ensure that all teaching and learning practices reflect current educational research and best practice with the aim of building each teacher’s capacity to continually improve student outcomes.

The school provides a safe and caring environment for its students with a school-wide focus on developing positive relationships with students and a restorative approach to student management and welfare. There is a very strong focus on building the leadership capacity of our students through the provision of authentic leadership opportunities, encouraging all students to take responsibility whenever possible. The school has a very active Junior School Council, responsible for a range of educational and fundraising activities.

The school provides a central focus for the community of Birregurra and has built strong partnerships with parents and local community groups. These partnerships maximise learning opportunities for all in our learning community. School Council and Parents and Friends work enthusiastically to support the school in a number of areas, fundraising to provide a range of resources to provide additional resources to support student and staff learning.

There are 5.8 teaching staff, a full time Principal and a 0.9 Business Manager. We are fortunate to have a fantastic location, school grounds and resources, excellent staff, wonderful children and a really supportive school community. These factors all combine to make Birregurra Primary School a stimulating, flexible and happy environment where all children have the opportunity to develop the key social, academic and emotional competencies to be successful and happy life-long learners.