Meckering Primary School (5293)

School Overview

Meckering Primary School is situated in the town of Meckering, 35kms east of Northam, in the central wheat belt. The economic base centres on mixed farming operations and some students are drawn from farms in this western section of the Cunderdin Shire. The remainder of the students reside in the town site. It is proud to have the atmosphere of a large family while still delivering a quality education to its students.

Our school is an attractively presented and well-equipped facility. The open plan teaching block was completed after the old school was destroyed during the Meckering earthquake in 1968 and completely refurbished following a fire at the beginning of 1998. A further alteration was carried out in 1999 when a Rural Integration Upgrade extended the size and facilities within the junior classroom to provide for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students. The transportable administration area, new library building and a two-room pavilion complete the building facilities, with all areas being air-conditioned. An undercover area was erected in 2002, funded by the P&C, which provides a welcome shaded area for students and an outside area for school assemblies. The grounds are highly attractive with native gardens and lawn areas, which are fully reticulated. As part of the school vision, additional play equipment has been added to the school grounds and the tennis court has been resurfaced to allow for student and community use.

The students are typical country kids who care about each other, their school and their town. The senior students take time to play with the younger children and watch out for them. The junior students look up to and admire the older students. This is highlighted in the CARE (Children Are Respected Equally) activity sessions.

Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be a part of Meckering Primary School community. Both the School Council and P&C are highly active and supportive in their respective roles. Parents value their school and commit considerable time and resources towards improving facilities, resources and learning opportunities. Camps and excursions are a significant feature of the annual program.

Meckering Primary is very proud of its LOTE programme. Students from Years 1-6 learn French. Over the years all of the Year 6/7 students who have been able to choose French for Year 7/8 have done so. This highlights the popularity and the success of the programme.

Each year, Meckering Primary students host a public Anzac Day Service, take part in Meckering Action Group busy bees and perform at various town functions.

Being a small school helps our students to experience leadership roles regularly.

In recent years our former students have been:

MLC School Captain
Swanleigh Residential College Head Girl
Penrhos College Assistant Captain Boarding
Carmel College House Captain
St Josephs House Captain
Perth College Assistant House Captain
Wesley College Head Boy

Meckering Primary fosters a strong self-belief and confidence in many of its pupils. Recently former students have won scholarships to MLC, Penrhos and Wesley. They have also gained a Curriculum Council Subject Exhibition Award and Certificates of Distinction and Excellence.

In recent years ex-students have represented the State in cross-country, football, cricket and volleyball.

The town of Meckering is very proud of its Primary School. It understands the importance of the school to the community and it looks forward to Meckering Primary's strong and successful future.

Meckering is a strong community, which offers excellent facilities for the sports-minded through the Meckering Sporting Club. The local general store and 24-hour roadhouse cater for most needs.

Other sporting and cultural pursuits, as well as medical services and wide-ranging shopping facilities are fully catered for in the near-by towns of Cunderdin and Northam. Midland is little more than an hours drive away.