Scarsdale is set about 20 minutes south of Ballarat and is home to the most southern campus of the Woady Yaloak P.S. Originally born out of the gold rush era, Scarsdale is steeped in history and the school boasts the longest running annual school reunion in Victoria. Old scholars reunite each October and take great delight in visiting the school and telling our students about school life in years gone by.

The students at Scarsdale come from a broad geographical area that takes in Newtown, Linton, Berringa and Happy Valley. The student population currently stands at around 50.

The newly built facilities at Scarsdale include open planned learning environments with 4 classrooms adjoining a large shared space in the middle of the building. Meeting rooms, a first aid room and staff offices make up the remainder of the facility.

Outlying features include a discovery shed where art, science and other creative ventures take place on a regular basis.
Learning programs are based around the multiple intelligences, which is underpinned by the belief that students learn in different ways and thrive when they discover their strengths. Students learn through their interests. Student Directed Investigations provide students the opportunity to learn through inquiry.

Scarsdale Campus has developed grounds with playground equipment, a covered sandpit, basketball, netball & tennis courts, a cricket net and an oval with football and soccer goals available for use.

The Ecopod is also a feature of the grounds. It is a garden that the students researched, planned and built. The Ecopod includes an orchard, vegie garden, herb bed and native garden that surrounds the large central pizza oven. Chooks, dry river bed (with bridge), stockyard, aquaponics system, hothouse and tiered garden fill the outer parts of the garden. The students take great pride in this area and recently won an award for their ‘Recycle Lane’ which winds through the space.

Scarsdale students have access to the Active After Schools Sports program, which operates out of the Smythesdale Recreation Centre.
The Woady Yaloak P.S plans and implements programs as one school which is an incredible advantage for a rural school. Staff plan together, the students all learn and play together and the communities are joined together, largely through the school.

It takes a village to raise a child and here at Scarsdale, we are building a school community that fosters a happy, safe and challenging learning experience for all students.