South Padbury Primary School, in Padbury
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| South Padbury Primary School was established in 1989 and is part of the West Coast Education District. It is a relatively small school catering for 300 students from Pre Primary to Year Seven. Approximately 35% of our students are enrolled from outside our gazetted school boundary. South Padbury Primary School is located in the northern suburbs and is approximately 20 Kilometres from central Perth. It is close to the Mitchell Freeway and the Greenwood Railway Station, Hillary's Marina, beaches and the Whitfords and Karrinyup shopping centres. Most students, upon graduation from South Padbury Primary School, attend either Padbury or Duncraig Senior High Schools.|
The school has a lovely garden setting and is nestled in a quiet location set back from major roads. Play areas are extensive with grounds being well maintained. New playground equipment has recently been erected. The school consists of eleven classrooms, an art room, music room, administration block, resource centre, canteen, covered assembly areas and covered walkways. The canteen operates each Monday and Friday with parent volunteers. All areas of the school are fully air-conditioned. The school is well resourced and has a fully automated resource centre, a computer laboratory with networked computers linked to the Internet as well as classroom computers, which are also Internet-connected.
The school Motto is 'Pursuing Knowledge and Friendship' and students have positive attitudes to learning. Staff work from an outcomes based framework in the following eight learning areas: Mathematics, English, Science, Technology and Enterprise, Physical and Health Education, Languages Other than English (LOTE), Arts and Society and Environment. School Staff are guided by the core values of 'Learning. Excellence. Equity. and Care.'
The School Priorities for 2008 are Numeracy,Literacy and Thinking Skills (Habits of Mind).
A quality education program has been developed by staff in all learning areas:
- The school has a strong commitment to Values Education, which is developed from the Curriculum Framework and incorporated in class work and assemblies.
- Staff are engaged in the 'First Steps' Numeracy and Reading professional learning programs after receiving training in 2006 and 2007.
- The school has a sound behaviour management program with no suspensions being required since its commencement in 1989.
- A well-developed music program, conducted by a music specialist, includes a senior choir and a recorder group, each of which performs extremely well.
- An excellent physical education and fitness program has been developed which is designed to meet the needs of all children. Combined with this is a fully developed skipping program, which has been designed and promoted by the Heart Foundation. Selected children from the Skipping Kookaburras squad give demonstrations to interested schools throughout the year. The school also competes in a winter interschool sporting program held between local schools in term two as well as an athletics spring carnival in term three.
- Children from Years 3 - 7 learn Japanese as part of the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program.
The School Council and Parents and Citizens' Association have offered excellent support to the school over a number of years and this highlights the cohesive nature of the relationship between staff, students and parents. In 2006 and 2007 parents helped celebrate World Teachers Day by providing a special luncheon to all staff, thus indicating how highly the staff are valued.
A variety of committees have been established, each with specific roles in local school management. The Annual Presentation Night, held at the end of each school year, provides Year Seven students with the opportunity to graduate and receive specific awards in front of invited guests, parents and other classes.
Parents and students are involved in other aspects of school life such as Parent's Open Night, Assemblies, Year Seven Camps to Busselton, In-Term Swimming lessons, School Council, Parents and Citizens' Assocaiation and a Student Council who make a valuable contribution to the school.Regular communication is provided to parents via a newsletter.
Pastoral Care takes prominence in this school and children have a very caring attitude.
Parents are very proud of the school calling it their own private school.
Parents are always welcome to visit our school and discuss possible enrolments.
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