Katanning Primary School (5241)

School Overview

Katanning Primary School - We Strive to Excel.

Katanning Primary School is located in the Great Southern Region of WA. It is part of the Wheatbelt Education Region and the Great Southern Schools Network. Our school caters for students in KindiLink, for families with a three-year-old child, to Year 6. Like our wider community, our school welcomes and appreciates its rich cultural diversity: over 30% of our students are Aboriginal and over 30% speak a language other than English at home. We value all that this contributes to our development of confident, socially responsible, successful students with broad perspectives, developing cultural understandings and an increasingly knowledgeable world view.

Our school became an Independent Public School in 2013. We have worked strategically to take the upmost advantage of this. Staff selection is an aspect that is most obvious. We have been able to select and strategically develop staff who have the best skill set for our students' needs and who will value and augment our positive school culture. Staffing has become increasingly stable. We actively direct resources in staffing, equipment and training to pursue innovation in teaching and learning and to where our monitoring of students shows that it is most needed. Continuing improvement in a range of student results show this has been successful.

Our school staff comprises a dynamic mix of experienced and early-career teachers and support staff. They are professional, committed, caring, innovative and always actively seeking to improve their practice. Whole of school practices are important to our staff and we work together to develop our skills and knowledge in our Agreed Core Common Practices to best support our students' learning. While maintaining a continual focus on improving teaching and learning in Literacy and Numeracy, our school also provides a range of specialist programs, including Science, Health and Physical Education, Art and Italian. We run targeted, evidence-based programmes to support students who require additional support with their learning.

Our school runs a range programmes to support student learning, social development and pastoral care. All children in our school are welcome at our Breakfast Club. Along with a daily nutritious breakfast, it develops social skills, teaches table manners and provides a smooth transition from home into the school day. Staff members also run a variety of enrichment clubs throughout the year to provide a range of engaging experiences, with offerings including: the School Choir; Yidakee Club for boys to learn to play the yidakee/didgeridoo; STEM Clubs, encouraging greater interest and understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; The Running Club and The Culture Club. Other before and after school activities offered at various times during the year include: athletics training, swimming training and 'Active After School'.

A range of opportunities for student leadership and leadership training are available in our school. They take on a range of leadership duties and responsibilities across the school throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to challenge themselves further and to represent our school in annual local and inter-school sporting, arts and academic competitions. Selected students have the opportunity to take part in the Primary Extension and Challenge programme with other academically talented students from nearby schools.

The school has well-resourced classrooms with networked multimedia facilities, an undercover area, an Arts centre, a technology centre, an attractive, well-resourced, spacious library and a range of well-equipped play areas and shaded lunch and rest areas. The school is fully air-conditioned.

Our School Virtues: honesty, respect, trust, caring, consideration, responsibility, patience, cooperation, tolerance and friendliness, reflect the expectations of our community. Our Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) programme expectations are be safe, be caring, be respectful and be a learner.

Parents and the community play an important role in supporting Katanning Primary School and are active in the School Board, the uniform shop, the Breakfast Club, the P&C and in formal events. Our P&C provides great connection between parents and the school and between families. Parent and community involvement is encouraged, welcomed and highly valued in our school.

E: Katanning.PS@education.wa.edu.au
T: 9821 3600