Applecross Primary School (5010)

School Overview

Applecross Primary School is where historical settings meet a contemporary, innovative learning environment. The heritage listed buildings provide a rich background to the students who connect with the days of yesteryear yet embrace the future with 21st Century learning skills.

Established in 1905, Applecross Primary School has evolved as the community has developed. Our school caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. We embrace our diversity, with many families coming from overseas and students leading a well-travelled life. Our motto of 'Excellence in the Community' means our students aspire to reach their full potential, both within our school and in the community in which they live.

Our staff are committed to ensuring the very best for all students. The school has a highly experienced staff who work as a dynamic team. We are proud of the quality of our teachers and education assistants who embrace best practice across the curriculum and ensure every child has the opportunity to develop their potential. Classroom teachers have a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. Students benefit from specialist teachers for Physical Education, French, Visual Arts, Drama, Music and Science. Students are taught using a range of digital devices so they can become lifelong learners. The school has an established bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program from Year 4 using iPads. Students are enriched through the Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) program in Year 5 and 6 as well as the School of Instrumental Music offering classical guitar, clarinet, viola, and violin. All teachers are supported by the parent community to build strong partnerships that assist our students. The School Board and P&C contribute significantly to the education opportunities for all.

We foster a school culture based on the understanding that positive behaviour can be taught and supported. We do this through our behaviour policy which is based on the values and virtues of Integrity, Diversity, Achievement and Growth. This creates a positive learning environment that enables students to strive for academic improvement and high standards resulting in positive outcomes for all. Wellbeing programs for the development of Social and Emotional Well-being is complemented by our School Chaplain who runs programs such as 'Seasons 'and 'In Real Life' which build resiliency and positive mental health.

Connecting with the rich Aboriginal history of the Applecross area, our school has restored the bushland that surrounds the outside and highlights the scar trees that are within the grounds. Working closely with Aboriginal Elders, the school acknowledges the strong ties to the land and the significant contribution First Nations people have made to the area.

Applecross Primary School has a strong sense of community, where everyone works together to achieve and build success across a range of domains. The caring staff, the friendly students and supportive community all work together to build a powerful learning environment, which is held in high regard across the local and wider community.