Our School - Our Past, Present, and into the Future!

Colac South West Primary School is located in Colac, a small Western District town located 70 kilometres from Geelong and approximately 150 kilometres from Melbourne. The school was established in 1959 and houses an attractive, safe and stimulating learning environment, which is enhanced by relatively new and well-maintained facilities.

The school draws enrolments from the Colac township and wider surrounding districts. The school has substantial play areas including asphalt, extensive grassed areas, modern playgrounds, sandpits, creative play spaces and passive areas. There is also a well-established and maintained vegetable garden. Considerable effort is made to ensure that the buildings and grounds are attractive and functional learning environments for children.

The current 2015 enrolment is 170. We have an enthusiastic and professional staff team of 2 Principal class officers, 11 Teachers and 7 Education Support Staff. The school runs 8 classes comprising one Prep class, two 1/2 classes, two 3/4 classes and three 5/6 classes. The school places a strong emphasis on providing a diverse and creative curriculum within the AusVELS framework. All classes have specialist Physical Education, Visual Arts, Music / Drama, and Indonesian classes on a weekly basis. Additional programs include chaplaincy support, student welfare, bike education, ICT skills, camps and excursions, involvement in district sporting activities, and participation in community Performing Arts activities.

Our Student Family Occupation (SFO) index of .63, which has been gradually increasing in recent years. There are presently two Koorie students enrolled, four students from a non- English speaking background, and there are ten students supported with funding from the Program for Students with Disabilities Management System (PSDMS). During 2015 the school has provided support for two children who have been in Out of Home Care.

Our school has made a commitment to the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support framework. The values of our school centre on the acronym R.E.A.C.H. Each letter of the word focuses on the values that we, as a school, are expecting from the students at Colac South West. These being Respect, Engage, Achieve, Care and Honesty. The children learn about these words and they know what each means, what each of the values look like in their classroom, the yard and in the community.

Colac South West Primary School is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment for all students. We believe that students can reach their full educational potential only when they are happy, healthy and safe, and when there is a positive school culture to engage and support them in their learning. Our school acknowledges the link between student wellbeing and student learning outcomes.