Guiding Principles

Tarwin Lower Primary is a small rural school which embraces difference and caters for a wide range and types of abilities. Tarwin Lower’s philosophy is firmly based on the belief that every student has the ability to learn and that this best occurs in a flexible, happy and positive environment. The school encourages students to become active, independent learners who are able to participate in a
co-operative classroom environment. It encourages students to grow in self-confidence and esteem and to take pride in everything they set out to achieve. A notable aspect of the school is the welcoming atmosphere, the open and approachable nature of staff members and the positive attitude to student welfare.



Tarwin Lower Primary School offers a seven year sequential program in each of the Domains. Particular emphasis is placed on literacy and numeracy. Children also participate in a variety of school sports, camps and excursions In addition, special programs to support the curriculum include Kitchen Garden Program, Mathletics, Recycling, Active After School Communities and Sun Smart Program, Parents are an important part of our school community and we are supported by their assistance in many activities. Parents are also involved in School Council and its sub-committees, curriculum policy development and the Fund Raising Committee. 


view from the oval back to schoolThe school has excellent facilities with the completion in 2011 of three new learning spaces and a project space, used for Music, Art and MARC. This year a new administration block was completed. A separate building houses a kitchen used to prepare lunches and supports our Kitchen Garden Program and Art program. We have laptops computers for the students to use. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard.
Outdoor areas include: a large grassed oval, a smaller playing field, cricket pitch, a full size tennis/netball/basketball court, bat tennis court,
a rotunda, undercover outdoor seating, a covered sandpit and a large exciting adventure playground. The play area is situated in an attractive setting of many native and deciduous trees and garden beds, which have been planted by our parents and community members. We believe this environment supports the development of a positive attitude to learning. Our school believes in a sustainable future and has an environmentally innovative history being the first school in the state to install a worm waste system.

Special Features

  • Small class sizes
  • Sporting Schools Progam
  • Whole school lunches
  • Clubs Program
  • Bike Education Program
  • Swimming Program
  • Kitchen Garden Program
  • Whole community Santa visit on the last day of the school year.

The Arts

Students have weekly Art lessons and a biannual Art Show displaying student talents. We have a very experienced music teacher, Ian Chambers who conducts 90 minute lessons with each grade and offers private guitar lessons after school. At the end of each term there is a music concert that is open to parents and the wider community to showcase students’ abilities.
Bell Times
School Term Dates

Term 1 : 29 January - 29 March

Term 2 : 16 April - 29 June

Term 3 : 16 July - 21 September

Term 4 : 8 October -21 December

Tarwin Lower Primary School
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