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Creekside K-9 College was officially established on January 1st, 2012 following the disaggregation of Caroline Springs College. Creekside has grown very quickly to now accommodate approximately 1450 students.
The principal class team comprises a Principal and three Assistant Principals. Besides the team of Leading Teachers, teaching staff are predominately in the Class 1 experience range. To support this staffing profile, each year level, headed up by a Leading Teacher, is organised as a Professional Learning Team.
The college has an Early Years/Middle Years structure. While the school accommodates some 1450 students, it operates on a split timetable of Early Years and Middle Years. The welfare benefits include students associating with relative peers and having access to the canteen, sporting fields, play equipment and other areas of the school with half the school population still in classroom settings.
All students are organised in home groups with year levels being clustered in defined learning spaces. Years 7 – 9 are organised into home groups that remain in the same room, with teachers moving between rooms. Students will only be in different locations when involved in Science, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Robotics, Food Technology and Physical Education. Year 9 students are offered an elective program in preparation for their year 10 experience.
Student wellbeing is a priority of the college and is supported by three student counsellors, a secondary nurse, the school nurse, an Expert Teacher – Student Wellbeing, PSD Co-ordinator and Assistant Principal – Engagement and Wellbeing. A Multidisciplinary Wellbeing Team oversees student referrals based on behavioural issues, social, physical and academic progress and PSD needs. Education Support Staff provide student support under the guidance of both the teachers and the PSD Co-ordinator.
Buildings and grounds have been extensively developed to ensure that learning and recreational areas provide the best possible environments. Portable classrooms have been enhanced by cover ways and gardens. The spacious grounds include artificially grassed areas as well as courts and asphalted areas for games and recreation. The college has erected shade sails over passive play areas and a major shade structure at the centre of the school. Students, teachers and parents are offered opportunities to provide input into the continued development of ongoing, sustainable environment improvements.College Council has recently endorsed a building project that will see the provision of a dedicated Performing Arts, Primary Science and Community facility. It is envisaged that the project will be completed by early 2016. We are very excited by this project and look forward to the many benefits it will provide the college community.
The college is continuing to develop connections across the whole school community. The appointment of a Community Liaison Officer, Mrs Kim Crilly has seen a steady increase in parent participation in the school. The Creekside K-9 College School Council meets twice each term and subcommittees include: Education, Finance, Grounds and Maintenance.
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