Timor Primary School is a rural learning community situated in the Victorian Shire of Central Goldfields, 77 kilometres from Bendigo, 80kms from Ballarat and 8.7kms from Maryborough. The school is in the town of Timor, which was originally settled in Victorian gold rush times. When established in 1873, Timor was a thriving town of approximately 30,000 residents. Today, with a small local population, only a third of students attending the school come from the Timor area. The school is central to the Timor community and is a resource within the town. Its development and maintenance, together with the provision of equipment and materials, reflects co-operation and teamwork between parents and staff. Students are grouped into multi-age learning communities: Prep-2 class of 12 students, 3-4 class of 16 students and 5-6 class of 14 students. There are 0% EAL (English as an Additional Language) students and < 10% ATSI (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) students. Enrolments have been stable since the last Strategic Plan period, with a significant spike in 2019, growing from 34 students to 42 students. The school has been receptive to enrolments from Maryborough and surrounding areas following inquiries from families seeking a small school environment for their children. The original school building now houses the P-2 and 5-6 classrooms, with the 3-4 classroom doubling as the Visual Arts space. The Multi-Purpose room is utilised for weekly assemblies, Performing Arts classes, the annual School Concert and for other various other activities. The school also has a staffroom, the school reception area, principal’s office and a meeting room. The grounds are extensive for a small school and provide scope for passive and active play. A school reserve is also available for school community use. The school has 5.1 equivalent full-time (EFT) teaching staff and 1.9 (EFT) support staff. Specialist subjects include Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Physical Education. Literacy and Numeracy Intervention and spAIDES is also provided. The Mobile Area Resource Centre (MARC) van teacher is based at the school. Parents are involved in weekly assemblies, school council, fund raising and providing support to teachers.
Andrew Tatchell – Principal Timor Primary School
‘Turning learners into leaders’