Kennington Primary School
Kennington Primary School is built on an undulating 12.1 hectares, situated in Strathdale, a South Eastern suburb of Bendigo and in close proximity to native forests. The Victorian State Government purchased the site in 1991 and, after refurbishment, Kennington Primary School relocated to the site in 1995. The history of the school dates back one hundred years with several different sites occupied during this time.
After a time of significant growth, the school enrolment has stabilised with enrolment over the last three years ranging between 600 and 660. The school is committed to providing each student with the highest possible quality of education by effectively using the resources available. As a learning community, Kennington Primary School understands that a close relationship between parents and school enriches a student’s academic and social development.
Kennington Primary School structures itself around nine Professional Learning Communities where teachers work together to analyse student data to support shared teaching and learning. Together with the Principal and Assistant Principals, nine Professional Learning Community Leaders and three Learning Specialists form a Leadership Team whose responsibility it is to provide overall school co-ordination and strategic planning. Staff Professional Learning is recognised as a high priority and is facilitated through all levels of the school.
Students are always at the centre of decision-making and to support this an active School Council operates along with an active Parent and Friends’ Association. Kennington Primary School is committed to consultative decision-making principles, whole school planning and a systematic approach to evaluation and development.
Kennington Primary School has a commitment to inclusive education. It is the host site for the Bendigo Deaf Facility. The Facility also serves deaf students across two Secondary School sites in Bendigo. Kennington Primary School has a diverse enrolment that reflects the current population of Greater Bendigo.
The school demonstrates a commitment to the development of Literacy and Numeracy skills within the Victorian Curriculum as well as a broad exposure to the range of learning areas. Students participate in specialist programs that include Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education and LOTE (Auslan and Chinese). Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in school choirs, private instrumental music instruction, a camps program and an annual musical production. There are also a range of programs and activities of a sporting and cultural nature to further broaden and enrich the school curriculum for all students.
At Kennington Primary School, we strive for educational excellence, promote lifelong learning and prepare students for their role in the local and global community.
Bendigo Deaf Facility
Kennington Primary School is the base school for the Bendigo Deaf Facility. The Bendigo Deaf Facility works in collaboration with students, families and services to encourage Deaf and Hard of Hearing students to reach their full educational and personal potential.
Deaf Education in Bendigo formally began in 1951 with Deaf students attending McDonald House School for Deaf Children. By the end of 1989 McDonald House had officially closed and students integrated into mainstream schools; these being Kennington Primary School, Golden Square Secondary College (now Bendigo South East College) and Bendigo Senior Secondary College.
The Bendigo Deaf Facility continues to support Deaf and Hard of Hearing students within mainstream schools from Foundation to Year 12. After students complete Grade 6 at Kennington Primary School, they continue their schooling at Bendigo South East Secondary College and complete Years 11 and 12 at Bendigo Senior Secondary College.
Foundation—Grade 6, Kennington Primary School (Base School)
- Years 7—10, Bendigo South East College
- Years 11—12 Bendigo Senior Secondary College
Teachers of the Deaf (T.O.D.) are based at each school to support the needs of Deaf or Hard of Hearing students as needed. Teachers of the Deaf, Classroom Teachers, Parents and Carers work together to develop an Independent Education Plan for each student. They work to establish student goals, based on areas of need, and strategies to achieve these. These goals reflect the whole student, encouraging them to reach their full educational and personal potential.
All students at Kennington Primary School from Grade Prep to Grade 6 have the opportunity to learn Australian Sign Language, (Auslan). In addition to learning the language, students discover the similarities and differences between English and Auslan and learn about the community and culture shared by Deaf people. Auslan is also taught as a Language Other Than English (L.O.T.E) subject at Bendigo Senior Secondary College.