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About Powlett River PrimarySchool in Dalyston

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Powlett River Primary School is small rural school formed by the merger of two schools Dalyston and Dudley Primary Schools in 1996, and is situated seven kilometers from Wonthaggi. The current enrolment is 50 students and, with current town and industrial developments, is expected to continue to grow in the future. The increase is due to families moving into the area and families seeking a smaller community school. Powlett River PS remains a focal point for communal activities in the rural township and takes pride in being a community school with strong bonds between families and the school. The school has strong links with the local store and the local football and netball club. The school runs a playgroup for children aged 0-4 in Dalyston every week.

This year we have 3 classes, a prep/1/2, 3/4 and 5/6. Specialist teaching is provided in science and music. The school also provides facilities for library, physical education and ICT and has use of the MARC Library van. Powlett River P.S. is set on spacious grounds. The school has a strong focus on its interactive music program through and is an integral part of the school’s curriculum, as well as providing strong links through musical activities with the community. Powlett River participates in school sporting activities, school camps and a swimming program. 

Powlett River PS is committed to sustaining a school community working in partnership to provide a caring, structured environment where each child is encouraged to reach their full potential. It has an active School Council and parent involvement and support in a range of school activities.

Our Teaching Philosophy

Powlett River Primary School teachers have developed a shared vision and agreed understanding of what is good teaching and learning at our school.


They include the following:

  • Student learning goals are clear and explicit before each lesson.

  • Student data is current and directs teaching and learning.

  • Provide a wide range of activities catering for all students.

  • Timely feedback is provided to students to continually assess their learning.

  • Teachers are actively involved in the learning process.

  • Teachers model expected outcomes.

  • Teachers celebrate learning.

  • Teachers know all students.

  • Teachers have high expectations.

  • Teachers are organised for classes.

  • Students are shown their learning progression against the curriculum.

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Our mission is to promote excellence so that teachers and school leaders have the maximum impact on student learning in all Australian schools.

The teachers at Powlett River Primary School are committed to providing the best social and educational outcomes for our students. We do this by an ongoing quest for constant improvement in everything we do at OUR SCHOOL. We acknowledge that great teachers:

  • Lead initiatives within the school to evaluate and improve knowledge of content and teaching strategies and demonstrate exemplary teaching of subjects using effective, research-based learning and teaching programs.

  • Lead initiatives that utilise comprehensive content knowledge to improve the selection and sequencing of content into coherently organised learning and teaching programs.

  • Lead colleagues to develop learning and teaching programs using comprehensive knowledge of curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements.

  • Exhibit exemplary practice and lead colleagues to plan, implement and review the effectiveness of their learning and teaching programs to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills.

  • Conduct regular reviews of teaching and learning programs using multiple sources of evidence including: student assessment data, curriculum documents, teaching practices and feedback from parents/ carers, students and colleagues.

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