Lake Boga Primary is a small government school in Lake Boga; a town of about 700 people, 14 kms from the regional centre of Swan Hill and nestled around the lake. Broad acre and irrigation farming surround the town. A relatively stable enrolment of 70-75 students occurs each year. We are an educational precinct from 3yr olds to Yr 6 including the preschool which ensures smooth transitions. Most of our students transition to Swan Hill College for Secondary education. We have a modern (May 2010), environmentally sustainable, open plan learning school with large outdoor areas including an oval, playgrounds, outdoor undercover assembly area, tennis courts, vegetable patch, orchard, Multipurpose room and outdoor courtyards. We have access to the local community centre and gymnasium. These resources support the provision of a comprehensive and engaging curriculum which aligns with our school vision. We have a strong focus on the integration of Information and Communication Technologies to provide current, engaging learning opportunities. 2017 has seen the introduction of a Bring Your Own iPad program, ensuring 1:1 ratio of iPads has been achieved, with access to Netbooks for classroom use as well. A Reading Recovery program is implemented each day.
Our school population is predominantly mono-cultural. We have access to a MARC Van service within the rural cluster of Swan Hill schools and a Mobile Regional Library van. Our camp program Prep to 6 includes a Year 6 International Camp to New Zealand. Student led assemblies, Junior school council, participation in small schools extravaganza, eisteddfods, choir and visiting performances build valued leadership skills and provide performing arts opportunities.
Student responsibility in all areas is encouraged, acknowledging that learning occurs in a positive state of wellbeing. We operate as a Kidsmatter School, Teaching Social/Emotional learning through the Bounce Back Program and have a strong focus on our School Values of Respect, High Expectations and Collaboration. As a Restorative Practices school, we teach the students to develop relationships and repair harm when there has been a break down in these relationships.
We inform parents of students’ progress in a timely, regular manner. There is a strong partnership between the school and the wider community with direct involvement with Adopt a farmer, local CWA and Red Cross and Lions club. Parent participation is encouraged and highly valued.