Cranbrook Primary School (5126)

School Overview

Cranbrook Primary School is situated in the rural town of Cranbrook, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The school was opened in 1893 and officially become an Independent Public School in 2018.

Cranbrook is located three hours drive south of Armadale, and one hour north of Albany. The major industry in the area is agriculture, including cropping, sheep, cattle and pigs.

The school is a vibrant place, with a warm and caring school community. A major focus is placed on positive relationships, the development of positive values, and the wellbeing of all members.

The school currently caters for approximately 62 children from Kindergarten to Year 6. There is a strong focus on numeracy and literacy. NAPLAN results are good, with strong comparison to 'like-schools'. We have a very strong focus on sustainability, with our school being part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. The school has won a variety of awards for its sustainability approach. Students in Years 1 -6 cook each week (using produce from the school garden) and share together in meals.

All students Years 1 - 6 are streamed for Mathematics. Indonesian is taught as a second language. A range of physical education programs are offered, including bike riding, dance, skateboarding and Natureplay. In 2018 we will have ongoing access to a speech therapist at the school one day each fortnight. We also provide many opportunities for students to develop artistically, including visual art, music, dance and drama, with a highlight being our end-of-year whole-school productions.

There is a positive interaction with other schools in our district for various sports carnivals, camps and tabloid days. These schools include Frankland River, Kendenup and Tambellup Primary Schools, and St. Bernard's Catholic School (Kojonup).

We pride ourselves on the committed pastoral care we provide for all students. The school has strong links with families, community organisations (such as Shire, churches, Landcare Centre) and support agencies (such as WA Country Health Service), and these links provide further resources to assist us in meeting the needs of our students.

Students have the opportunity to participate in programs such as PEAC (Primary Extension and Challenge); Speech and Drama Festival; annual Year 6 Dryandra (WA flora and fauna focus) camp, and annual Year 5/6 Camp ( with students from Tambellup PS; beach camp and forest camp alternate years).

The school has exquisite gardens that are a feature not only of the school but also the community. The school buildings are reverse-cycle air-conditioned. There is a very large undercover playground and also an extensive Naturescape play area.

The school community is engaged and proactive. The School Board is committed, skilled and proactive. The Parents and Citizens Association is a positive force in the school community, and has provided extensive extra funding for the school.