Laverton School (5275)

School Overview

Laverton School is a Remote Teaching Service School and is located in the mining community of Laverton, 960km north east of Perth and 345km north east of Kalgoorlie. The present population of the town is approximately 350, of which a significant proportion of whom are transient - moving between Kalgoorlie, Mt Margaret, Leonora, Laverton and communities in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Employment is mainly in mining, local business, government agencies and to a lesser degree in the pastoral industry. Laverton is on the edge of the Central Desert region and the beginning of the Great Central Road where the bitumen stops and the gravel starts; featuring hot summers, cool winters and a very low rainfall average of about 233 mm per year.

Laverton School has approximately 105 students with a large percentage of the population being of Aboriginal descent and significant number of students from Samoa and New Zealand. The school caters for K-12 and has developed a Senior Schooling Program that involves students undertaking studies using the School of Isolated and Distance Education facilities but also has a locally delivered health and fitness program. Cosmo Newberry and Mulga Queen Annexes have 12 students on average but this can vary greatly throughout the year.

Having recently undergone a review by the Expert Review Group, Laverton and its annexes are focused on implementing the ten Prescribed Improvement Strategies, which include a total overhaul of leadership practices, curriculum delivery and financial management. Our priorities include; success for all students, improving attendance, high quality teaching and leadership and being part of a capable and responsive organisation.

The school has two annexes, Mulga Queen Community which is located 140km north of Laverton along the Bandya Station Road and Cosmo Newberry Community which is 90km north east of Laverton along the Great Central Road. People living in the Laverton community fully support the school by volunteering to help with the Breakfast Program, class reading and by participating in the School Council. Other facilities in Laverton include a playgroup, a hospital with full time doctor, an airport serviced by Skippers Aviation, swimming pool, sporting club with a squash court, gymnasium, town library and a Community Resource Centre.

Our school motto 'Do Your Best' is about 'whole of child' education. Students, their achievements and their wellbeing drive all decisions and actions. We provide opportunities that extend and challenge students to achieve the highest possible standards and their personal best. Teachers are always alert to the possibilities for enriching classroom learning for students, both for those who learn easily and achieve highly and for those that need extra support.

At Laverton School our programs reflect the community's social and economic base. We have a rich mining history and a proud and strong Aboriginal culture that are reflected in our school programs. We keep abreast of current changes in education and work hard to offset our geographical isolation by offering a range of excursions and camps.

Our school facilities include a number of playing areas including an interchangeable area for tennis, netball and volleyball and have access to adjacent shire facilities including an oval, hall and swimming pool. There are several playing areas for younger children which include a number of climbing facilities. There are also many pleasant grassed and garden areas throughout school grounds. The school has many teaching resources which are utilised across all levels. These include a design and technology centre, home economics room, kindergarten pre-primary centre, library and specialised science room and art room. All classrooms contain computers and the school is fully networked and has internet access available in all classrooms. A recent initiative is the development of our old library into a multi-media resource and music facility with opportunities now available for music lessons and video editing.

The granting of remote classification to the school in 2006 enhances the professional opportunities and creates a challenging and rewarding teaching and learning experience for staff.

Laverton School is a complex and diverse setting. Outstanding community support and a dedicated school staff committed to taking up the challenge inherent in a remote school make Laverton School a positive place to be. Parents and local businesses willingly enter into partnerships with the school to support and participate in the schools educational program and the School Council play's an important and active role in the school.

Overall our staff are committed to:
* Excellence and Equity in line with the Strategic Plan for WA Public Schools 2012-15;
* Better Attendance and Brighter futures;
* Classrooms First - we recognise the differing circumstances and individual needs of our students and try to achieve the best for all;
* The Aboriginal Education Plan for WA Public School 2011-2014

The school works in close partnership with other community organisations and significant assistance and ongoing support is provided by the following organisations:
* The Shire of Laverton
* Laverton Police
* D.C.P
* Curtin Volunteers
* Laverton Leonora Cross Cultural Association (LLCCA)
* Glencore (Murrin Murrin), Lynas Corporation, Goldfields Australia (Granny Smith) and Anglo Gold Ashanti
* Foodbank
* Ear Bus Foundation
* Bega
* Centre Care
* School Chaplain Service