Features of our School

 

Ainslie Parklands Primary School was opened as West Croydon Primary School in 1962, and renamed as Croydon West PS in 1964. In March 2012, the school's name was changed to Ainslie Parklands Primary School to better-describe its location. It is situated in a quiet, leafy residential area in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. Children come from the local neighbourhood of Croydon as well as from more-distant localities such as Chirnside Park, Ringwood, Mooroolbark, Mitcham and Heathmont. The student enrolment in 2017 is around 185 students, grouped in nine homegroups. The residential nature of the school environs is a particular feature of the school, set back as it is from busy main roads. This, together with the country-school atmosphere, is one of the reasons why parents select our school as their school.

 

Our school is set in spacious, well-developed and attractive grounds. These provide many naturally shaded areas and easily accommodate both active and passive play. Our grounds have won numerous awards over the past ten years including the Pride in our City awards sponsored by the Keep Australia Beautiful Committee. Two main buildings house three spacious Learning Studios, a Visual Arts Studio, and a Readers' Studio [Library].The Performing Arts Studio is a free-standing building, as are the Canteen, and a large Hall/Gymnasium. Out of hours community usage of our Hall includes basketball and fitness classes.

 

Vegetable gardens, chook runs, native gardens, compost heaps and frog habitats provide out-of-door learning opportunities for our children.

 

Our school has identified 'creativity' as the paramount 21st Century skill. This is not only creativity in The Arts, but also in the way we treat information and solve problems. We have been influenced by the thinking of, amongst others, Sir Ken Robinson. Enjoy a delightful, thought-provoking presentation by him on Youtube.