I am extremely proud to be the Principal of such a wonderful school community. Solway is at the centre of a connected community, actively involved with the school and valued for the generosity of time, energy and expertise that its members bring to the school. As a part of the Solway community you will enjoy a warm and friendly environment, where the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Integrity are embedded into everything we do.
At Solway we are committed to the development of globally aware, civically minded life-long learners. To achieve this, we recognise the importance of educating the ‘whole child’. This involves not only maintaining our high expectations of student achievement in Literacy and Numeracy, but encouraging our students to create and innovate through a rigorous and rich curriculum, based on a developmental approach. Achieved through the provision of quality specialist programs in Visual and Performing Arts, Science, Physical Education and Sport and Japanese Language, these programs are highly valued and supported by the school community. The specialist programs are further enhanced by a range of engaging and enriching whole school programs and extra-curricular activities both within and beyond the classroom. A strong emphasis is given to educating our students to live healthy, balanced lifestyles through the promotion of healthy eating, exercise, leisure pursuits and active citizenship.
In 2018 Solway celebrated 10 years of sustainability, of which we are justifiably proud. As a 5 Star Sustainable School under the ResourceSmart Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI Vic), our Sustainability teams – parents, staff and students, work hard to continue our achievements in the 5 areas of Water, Waste, Energy, Biodiversity and Curriculum. The whole school Inquiry throughline of ‘Sustainability’ ensures that this remains a focus for classroom studies across the school.
Our staff are all members of a Professional Learning Team (PLT). The teams work collaboratively, with each level team collectively responsible for the learning outcomes for the students in their care. Teachers are allocated regular PLT time to plan, monitor, evaluate and support student learning in their areas. Classroom displays and a consistent approach to the language of learning, make learning visible for students and supports continuous growth. Our commitment to Digital Technologies is demonstrated through the 1:1 (Bring Your Own Device) iPad Program from Years 1-6, with classroom iPads and laptops giving all students easy access to mobile devices. Along with the interactive whiteboards or TVs in each classroom, these mobile technologies are interactive and engaging and are essential tools for the development of 21st century skills. They allow the curriculum to be personalised and encourage students to be collaborative, creative and innovative with their learning. Our Robot Club and robotics program, provide coding opportunities for students and support the curriculum in this area.As an accredited eSMART School, we recognise the importance of supporting our students and their families to develop the skills and knowledge to practise cyber safety and understand their responsibilities when using technologies and interacting online. The Solway community is proud of its attractive and well maintained buildings and grounds, with an abundance of beautiful trees and varied play spaces. Before and After School Care is provided at our Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) Hall, along with a school Holiday Program which is available during school vacations.School tours for prospective parents commence in Term 2, at 9:30am on select days. Appointments are necessary and can be made through the School Office. Further information is available here.Lyn RoddaPrincipal