Deans Marsh Primary School is a small rural school with a current student population of 66 students located 34 kilometres south east of Colac in the foothills of the Otway Ranges. We currently operate three classes being Foundation/1/2 (Kookaburras), 2/3/4 (Cockatoos) and 4/5/6 (King Parrots). The school has a long and proud history of serving this rural community, which dates back to 1875. The school population is drawn from the township of Deans Marsh and the rural areas of Bambra and Pennyroyal. Currently, approximately 40 students are bussed into school from these areas in two bus runs.
The school is set on a large site in a rural environment within the township. The physical facilities of the school consist of a senior learning studio, junior learning centre, kitchen/music room and art room. In addition, the school has spacious shaded grounds including two ovals, playgrounds providing safe and attractive play spaces, tennis/basketball court, walking track, orchard, veggie garden and hen house.
The school operates three multi age classes in modern teaching and learning spaces where teachers deliver the curriculum working in teams.
Our dedicated teachers provide a comprehensive curriculum aligned with the Australian Victorian Essential Learning Standards (AusVELS) domains. A range of programs enriches the core curriculum at Deans Marsh, including choir, concert, musical performances, camps, swimming, excursions, interschool sport, and environmental education.
The school has forged strong links with the Deans Marsh community and is actively involved in the annual traditional Deans Marsh Festival in association with the CFA, Hall Committee and Community Cottage. The students are also involved with landcare groups in regard to local wetlands and the school's timber plantation areas. The school will shortly begin developing its own wetlands area on school property utilising the school dam and surrounds.
The school derives value from its active involvement in the Colac Area Rural Schools (CARS) cluster of six schools. This has included participation in a range of activities, including excursions, group days, sporting events, camps, curriculum planning days and staff professional learning activities. The school council is highly supportive of the school, as is the broader community, demonstrated by the active involvement of artistic parents in supporting the school's music and performing arts programs.
The school is committed to providing a stimulating learning environment that nurtures independent learners and where positive self esteem is fostered in a supportive classroom environment.