Dwellingup Primary School (5157)

School Overview

Dwellingup Primary School, located amidst the jarrah forest in the town of Dwellingup, provides a comprehensive education for children from Kindergarten to Year 6 in a highly supportive, friendly, family-focused environment, where every child counts and every parent's voice can be heard.

With the local community at the heart of the school, we have developed positive, mutually respectful partnerships with parents. The sense of ownership within our community is strong, with many generations of our current families having attended our school, which has helped to establish an ethos of being a warm, caring and supportive community.

Highly competent and experienced staff ensure children are given every opportunity to develop their skills. One of our teachers is a National Excellence in Teaching Award winner and another is Getting It Right Numeracy trained. The talents of these teachers are utilised throughout the school.

Our staff are committed to meeting the needs of individual children and offer a very personalised educational program where children at educational risk are effectively targeted and well supported. iPads and computers are utilised to ensure all students progress at their level and become confident, independent learners. Indonesian is offered as a specialist learning area.

Our gardener has also won several awards including the 2009 WA School Support Staff Member of the Year Award in the WA Education Awards, and our cleaner was also a WA School Services Staff Member of the Year finalist in the 2015 WA Education Awards.

Our school prides itself on its high level of sustainability and environmental awareness with our vegetable garden, fruit trees and chook run. This allows us to teach children to be self-sustaining nurturers of the land. Through a partnership with the Forest Heritage Centre in town, we are able to access arts and environmental awareness programs that benefit children.

We also strive to develop attitudes and values which best equip students for a successful life both academically and emotionally. As part of our pastoral care, we employ a Chaplain two days a week who runs programs such as 'Build Up Zone' and 'Choose Respect' in the school. These programs support positive interactions among our children and develop each child's self-worth.

The high level of community involvement develops civic pride and responsibility. This year we received National Quality Standards verification. One comment from our report states: 'Nurturing, respectful relationships with children are the foundation of the classes of the school. This supports the development of a strong sense of well-being'.

Dwellingup Primary School is well resourced with classrooms, a library, undercover area and administrative block. Our school also offers an onsite Playgroup, supporting the education of the younger members of the community.

Our school grounds provide a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere which engenders much talk by visitors. The grounds incorporate a beautiful garden, murals, music and art installations. Last year a nature-based playground was installed, along with new playground equipment. We have a block of bushland, the Karrak Community Nature Trail, adjoining our school. The renowned Bibbulmum Track borders the school.

A number of children are drawn from properties some distance from the town site, and a bus service along the Pinjarra-Williams Road provides transport for these families.

Parents are actively involved with the school through the School Council, P & C Association and the provision of practical help. Parents and community representatives are involved in the decision-making processes through the School Council. The school organises the Giant Pumpkin Festival which attracts over 5000 visitors to the town and raises significant funds for the school.

The Dwellingup Crier, the school's fortnightly newsletter, helps to make sure parents are aware of activities and community events. Regular assemblies, interviews, portfolios and written reports provide parents with feedback about student performance.

The school motto 'Standing Tall and Proud', encapsulates our values of growth, the pursuit of excellence and pride.

For more information on our school, please telephone 9538 1026.