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Daylesford PS is located in an attractive historical town 100 km north west of Melbourne, 40 km north east of Ballarat, in the Central Highlands area. The Daylesford township is surrounded by a natural environment which includes mineral springs, Wombat Forest and Lake Daylesford . The town has developed rapidly over the past few years due to an increase in tourism. Established in 1875, the original school building has been recently refurbished and complemented by additional architecturally designed classrooms, plus a music room, gymnasium/hall and canteen, as well as an art room in the renovated school residence, a pool and a sports oval. The school is set in attractive, landscaped grounds.

Daylesford Primary School has a enrolment of around 300 children from a diverse and expanding community. The school has two annexes; one at Yandoit and one at Drummond.

Drummond Primary School was established in 1877. It is located 22 km from Daylesford and has a current enrolment of 12. The school was awarded the ANA School Garden Prize in 1941, 1985 and 1995. The grounds have been landscaped by the children, with parent involvement, through the hobbies program. Drummond school emphasises an individual program for children in a caring environment.

Yandoit Primary School is situated 20 km north of Daylesford and 15km south of Newstead and has an enrolment of 20. The school was established in 1861 to teach many nationalities of settlers and gold fossickers in the rapidly growing community. The school is the centre of a rural community and has keen parental involvement. Multi-age groups operate, and there is a strong emphasis on a play based curriculum. Yandoit is comprises of a major building,a separate art room and two new classrooms. It has a garden with local native shrubs and flowers all maintained by parents and friends and has extensive playground equipment to cater for all ages.

The children at all sites are encouraged to reach their personal potential in a caring, supportive and friendly environment. We aim to provide experiences where the children will achieve success individually and in group situations. There is an emphasis on personal responsibility, self esteem, dealing with peer pressure and resolving problems co-operatively. A Junior School Council has been formed at Daylesford and the Code of Conduct focuses on the positive achievements of the students. Communication between school and school community is valued. Opportunities for parental involvement are encouraged and are integral to the school programs. Parents are regularly informed of their child's progress through reporting and interviews and are kept up to date with school events through the school newsletter and local press.

Our curriculum provision is focusing on literacy, numeracy, social competencies and a integrated approach to curriculum.
Specialist teachers have been designated in the areas of, LOTE(Italian), Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden, MultiLIT and Quicksmart programs. The Library is fully computerised and extremely well resourced with children's literature. Daylesford Primary School offers a music program which is highly regarded and includes regular performances by the Junior and Senior Choirs and instrumental groups. The Art program operates from a well-equipped centre and children have exhibited their work in the National Art Gallery. A fully equipped gymnasium allows the delivering of a Physical Education and Sports Program. A large number of our students participate in sport at district, regional and state level.

Strong links are maintained with the local Kindergartens and Daylesford Secondary College and our transition programs are very strong allowing for a smooth transition into or out of school.

Daylesford PS is proud of the way it encourages individual student development in a way that promotes success, self-esteem and risk taking within a safe, harmonious and caring learning environment, including our excellent DPS Family Groups Program. The annexe schools complement this with an emphasis on multi age grouping and individual programs.

Students are encouraged to be leaders through School, House and Bus Captaincy, Junior School Council and sport team management.

Improved student outcomes in Literacy & Numeracy and the development of Personal Relationship skills in all students have been high priorities at our school, which has created a culture of learning and mutual respect.
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