Gully PS No 415 was established in 1857 and re-named as Magpie PS No 2271 in
1892. The historic red brick building was completed in May 1880 and from 1986
classrooms were entirely comprised of relocatable buildings. In May 2011 the
school was almost completely refurbished with new classrooms, new toilets and
completion of the upgrade to the 131 year old administration building. This
time marks a renewal of the school and a significant opportunity for the
broader Magpie community to be served by a modern school that caters for the
latest innovations in pedagogical approaches that foster independent student
learning. The open design will allow all children to become intrinsically aware
of how they will become lifelong learners in the Twenty-first Century. The
structure and design of the expansive grounds is enhanced by the outdoor
learning options using a variety of courtyards and specialised environments.
school has established a strong staff team that has developed a reputation for
a positive approach to working with students and is reaping the benefit of
strong connections between parents, students and the school. Attitudes to the
school register high on all data sets and student learning outcomes are solid
but show a clear need for improvement in some key learning areas.
emphasis of Magpie Primary School will be clearly on student learning outcomes
in the period of this Strategic Plan. The community has declared a focus for
the school to be on core curriculum areas with additional emphasis on the arts,
health and fitness as well as the natural environment. Children should be
literate and numerate but also enjoy a creative childhood that builds good
health and an awareness of the local and broader world.
2012, the schools wellbeing approach was significantly reviewed. This review
coincided with the move into the new school facility. The school adopted a
positive school approach which focuses on the recognition of positive learning
and behaviour. This approach has led to a feeling of wellbeing and connections
to the school community.
Primary School follows a focus and direction statement with the core values
being Literacy, Numeracy. The additional focus is on the Arts as well as health
and PE. During 2015, an art shed was built to add to our already strong
The school continues to be
involved at a sporting level within the Wathaurung sports group and collegially
with the Moorabool Group. Both of these structures represent small schools and
strong mutually supportive elements exist
Currently, Magpie PS is a small
school with approximately 90 students. The school is located
approximately 5 kilometers south of Ballarat.
Magpie Primary School aims to
provide a nurturing and challenging environment that promotes an enthusiasm for
learning and prepares individuals to become reflective and valued members of
society. The school and community have a rich and proud history, yet still today offer a
diverse and 21st century curriculum and learning environment.
The key focus of the school is
on literacy and numeracy but the school also offers the following specialist
subjects on a weekly basis: PE/Health, Arts, Drama, LOTE (Auslan), ICT,
Science, Indigenous Studies and SOSE. The use of technology in our classrooms
is used to enhance students learning. All classrooms have Apple TV’s, computers