Castletown Primary School (5095)

School Overview

Our vision and practice aims to 'Inspire, Educate, Succeed' with all our students.

Castletown Primary is an Independent Public School situated in the seaside town of Esperance, 720 southeast of Perth. Established in 1966 with a first-year population of 139 students, the school now caters for approximately 500 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Approximately 15% of our children are bus children, travelling in from outlying farming hinterland. Seven rural buses serve the school, as well as several town service buses. The remainder of the school population is typically urban with children from a diverse range of backgrounds. Approximately ten percent of our students are Aboriginal, mostly local Nyungars as well as some from other areas.

Castletown prides itself on being inclusive and caring, and a friendly community where everyone is valued and respected. Our Virtues program and Positive Behaviour Management policy encourages our students to have respect and concern for others and their rights. We have high expectations of our students and ourselves, set standards of excellence and strive to achieve them. Our behaviour expectations are:
* Be a Learner
* Be Respectful
* Be Responsible
* Be Resilient
* Be Friendly

Our school has long been known as an excellent school which provides challenging learning programs to enable all our students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to become confident independent future learners. We are proud of our reputation in offering quality programs in specialist subject areas of visual art, music, library skills, physical education and commencing 2020, Indonesian. Students requiring extension and enrichment are catered for through a variety of approaches including in-class differentiated curriculum, short-term special programs, extra-curricular activities such as Tournament of Minds and Chess Club, and regional initiatives such as Primary Extension And Challenge (PEAC).

Our curriculum priorities of Numeracy and Literacy as a focus, with strategies in place to identify, implement and embed whole-school approaches and practices which are research-based and proven success. Our school grounds are extensive, with two grassed ovals and synthetic turf areas, providing abundant space for children's play and sporting activities. A range of playground equipment installed around the main oval provides opportunities for physical education skill development for our students.

We have modern school facilities include a new library and an undercover area, science, music room and canteen. Three purpose-built early childhood classes were recently added, which has provided enhanced opportunities for early childhood development with the space and design including multi-media facilities and wet areas. Recent upgrades to buildings have refreshed the appearance and aesthetic fell of the school.

Teachers and support staff at Castletown are a highly motivated professional team of teachers who work collaboratively in year level groups, cluster groups and whole school to improve the learning opportunities and outcomes for our students. We have a mix of long serving and newer staff who are committed and passionate about education for our students and responsive to new initiatives.

Parents and carers of Castletown students are very supportive partners of the school. Parents assist at many levels, including helping in the classrooms, assisting with P&C activities such as canteen, uniform, fund-raising, building and busy-bees. Thousands of dollars are raised annually by the Parents and Citizens Committee to help provide quality educational resources for the benefit of students.

Our school board provides governance, advice and support to the principal and the school. It oversees the establishment of a Business Plan which reflects the aspirations and views of the community, and ensures the school's finances and resources are managed responsibly and allocated in line with the priorities and strategies of the Business Plan. The Board plays a role in consulting and developing policy areas relevant to parents, such as dress code, behaviour management, and health and well-being.

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