The school was originally opened in 1887.The current site is the third site, the first being on the Heathcote Road when the school serviced the farming community. It then moved onto the base in 1953 and was situated near the current fire station. In 1956 a new and the current school was built.
Since that date there have been at least 2 major extensions and community funded additions comprising an art/craft room, general purpose room and a canteen. Major interior and exterior maintenance in 1997 saw the whole school upgraded, a new entrance added and the corridor "opened up" with a Perspex canopy above the roofline. In 1999, Puckapunyal was one of 29 Victorian Schools accepted into the 'Self Governing Schools' program that gave it the authority to stand alone but with increased authority to both the Community and the State. A change of government after 9 months ended that program.
At the end of 2009, the school had a major upgrade and extension of 6 classrooms and an outdoor learning area. In 2011 we had a $2 million multipurpose building completed. It houses 2 classrooms, a kitchen and a shared area.
Defence Force Families
Puckapunyal Primary Schoolis a unique school in Australia. The sons and daughters of Defence Force Personnel, stationed within the Puckapunyal Military Area, comprise 70% of its enrolment, and annually up to 50% of the children transfer interstate and overseas.
The school believes that a child learns best when they feel secure about their home and school environments, and at the same time are developing skills to face unfamiliar situations in the future.
The school offers individual attention and special support to all children. Each child’s education should inspire them to become life-long learners. The school commits all its physical and human resources to help achieve this aim.
The high level of mobility has a significant effect on the continuity of school programs and consequently student achievement. For instance, few children who begin school in Prep in 2017 will be at the school for 3 years. It is difficult then to be specific about Academic Performance Targets when, for the 4-year life of a Strategic Plan, the school will be dealing with a different cohort each year. At the commencement of the 2018 school year, it is unlikely that many of the students currently enrolled will still be at the school. The new arrivals come from a diverse range of educational backgrounds (each State and Territory of Australia, UK, Canada, U.S.A., New Zealand, Malaysia and Germany), that we must weld together. Prolonged absence of the military member of the house during each twelve months over the 2-3 years of a posting also provides social and emotional challenges that impact on student achievement. Of note is the increasing number of children enrolling from the surrounding farming community and those prepared to drive their children from Seymour, the largest nearby centre.
Puckapunyal Primary School is located within the Puckapunyal Military Area, 10 km west of Seymour in Central Victoria. The school is easily accessible and within walking distance of all homes on the Base. A balance of innovative and traditional curriculum programs is provided in a caring, well-disciplined environment, using the many excellent established school facilities and community resources.
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