Principal's Welcome

Welcome to McLaren Vale Primary School, nestled between the rolling hills of the lower Mount Lofty Ranges, adjacent to some of South Australia’s best beaches and coastline and in the heart of the well renowned and beautiful McLaren Vale wine region.

Our students are provided with a diverse and rigorous teaching and learning program with a particular focus on Futures, Wellbeing and Results.

We have a passionate and committed school community with a student enrolment of just over 550 students in 19 classes across Reception to Year 7. We have a School Leadership team of 3, a teaching staff of 30 and a school support team of 15. We work hard to develop learning programs for individuals and groups and we have rigorous processes to measure student growth and achievement. We celebrate success and we are dedicated to improvement.

At McLaren Vale Primary School our vision is “A community of creative individuals and resilient learners who take responsibility for making a positive difference in the world.” The relationships we have with our students, our families and our community are at the very core of our work. We value Respect, Integrity and Success. We enthusiastically promote and develop these values as part of our Wellbeing programs to ensure that our students are provided with maximum opportunities to develop emotionally and socially as well as academically and physically. We instil in our students a growth mindset and we lead our students not just to achieve their potential but to exceed their potential. We are currently implementing Positive Education based on the Geelong Grammar School model and our staff are undertaking professional learning in the implementation of this program from R-7. This program will develop our school wide programs in developing positive psychology in our students based on character strengths.

We are a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden School. Our students are involved in this fantastic learning program which gives our students opportunities to grow, harvest, prepare and share. Students love kitchen and garden classes because they’re fun. Pleasurable food education is about children experiencing the joy of digging in the garden, picking fresh veggies, smelling and tasting the food they prepare, and sharing the experience with their classmates and helpers. Students grow fresh, seasonal produce and use it to prepare nutritious, delicious food. Students are given all the skills, experiences and role modelling they need to learn to love their veggies and make healthier choices about what to cook and eat, for life.

We have a dynamic and driven staff team committed to ICT and the implementation of Digital Technologies. We recently rolled out Google Chromebooks and this progam will eventually provide our Year 6 and 7 students 1-1 access and our Year 3-5 students 1-2 access. We have an extensive number of ipads as a tool for all students R-7. We are developing a Year 3-7 Maker Space with the leading Makers Empire Program which includes a 3D printer – capable of printing 6 models at once. This Maker Space will develop our students skills in design thinking in addition to our other programs which develop computational thinking and systems thinking which are all integral to the development of the ICT capability in our students.

To support our Secondary feeder schools Asian Language programs, our students study Japanese.

Students are offered a specialist Physical Education program and multiple opportunities to participate in SAPSASA events such as netball, soccer, swimming and cross country.

McLaren Vale is well renowned for its beautiful green oval and ambient school grounds. We offer a Junior Primary nature play space, school gym, courts, 3  adventure playgrounds, 2 Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program spaces, Library, Bush tucker garden, OSHC (Out of School Hours Care), Computer suite, 3 teaching and learning spaces, 5 bay kitchen facilities, Maker space and an Arts space.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you our passion for providing our students with every opportunity to succeed academically, socially, physically and emotionally.

by Lyn Langeluddecke