Mundaring Primary School (5335)

School Overview

Mundaring Primary School is located approximately 40 kilometres east of Perth. Our school opened at this site in 1990 after moving from the original site on Great Eastern Highway and recently celebrated its centenary in November 2007. Our school is characterised as being community and environmentally friendly. It has a small country school feel, yet is large enough to offer a range of options and facilities.

Our school has grassed play areas, an oval, cricket nets, basketball/netball/tennis courts and extensive playground equipment. The school is an air-conditioned open design with three clusters of classrooms, three early childhood units, an administration block, undercover area with canteen and uniform shop and purpose built specialist teaching areas, including a library resource centre, music room and art centre.

Our school caters for Kindergarten to year 6 students. Approximately 75% of graduating students transfer to Eastern Hills Senior High School for their secondary education with the remaining 25% going to private high schools.

Parents take an active role in our school whether this is as School Council representatives, part of our P & C, committee members or as volunteers supporting the school by helping in the canteen, uniform shop or with classroom activities. The parent community has consistently fundraised to purchase resources to support learning programs.

Features of our learning program include:

LOTE (Indonesian)
All Year 3-6 students participate in weekly lessons with a specialist teacher to develop their understanding of the Indonesian culture and language.

The school has a music specialist who provides a music program for Year 1 - 6 students. In addition to these lessons, selected students also have the opportunity to participate in the school choir that performs at a variety of public performances throughout the year. Instrumental studies are also conducted by a private tutor and teachers from the School of Instrumental Music (SIM) for the flute, clarinet, brass and percussion. Many of the instrumental students are also members of bands based at Eastern Hills Senior High School.

Physical Education
The school has a specialist teacher who conducts weekly physical education lessons and a sport session with each primary class. The school also competes regularly in interschool sporting competitions with other schools in the Hills Education Community (HEC). The school further supplements this program with the Term 3 Edu-Dance lessons, In-term Swimming and participation in special days such as Jump Rope for Heart and Walk to School. The school is also well supported by sporting associations conducting training clinics. The school participates in the Active After-School Program by offering opportunities for children to participate in additional sporting activities on-site after school.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
This area is a school priority which has been supported with significant infrastructure funding and will continue to be a focus for the next few years as students and staff members develop their skills in this area. The school utilises both Notebook computers and Tablet devices which are located in all teaching blocks, resulting in a ratio of 1 device per every 3 students. Additional ICT resources include interactive whiteboards in every classroom and a state of the art Learning Studio which is used for the school's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) program.

The school is also a Lighthouse School for the BouncED on-Line Learning Program which provides 24/7 access to some of Australia's best web based learning tools at no cost to parents or the school.

Environmental Program
An extensive environmental program runs across the school and consists of permaculture gardens, worm farms, recycling, waste-free days and two student Nature Clubs. This program is an excellent example of the benefits of students, parents and staff working in partnership.

Students at Educational Risk (SAER)
The school has a comprehensive tracking system that aims to identify SAER early either through formal testing, teacher or parent observation, attendance and behaviour database records or referral by an outside agency to enable specific intervention to be implemented. Support may include referral to specific programs, one-to-one or small group instruction. Students are also provided with extension opportunities through the Swan Education District Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC).

The school has also implemented a whole of school approach to Literacy through a variety of strategies including the Developmental Reading Groups program. This program involves children working with other students of a similar level of literacy development and being presented with work at a level at which they can achieve success and demonstrate growth.

The School Chaplain works across two days supporting students, parents and staff as required. In addition to supporting individuals, the Chaplain also co-ordinates the Build Up Zone (BUZ) program, conducts small group and whole class sessions. The School Psychologist assists with testing, referrals, liaison with other agencies, Schools Plus applications, case conferences and parent interviews. The Swan Primary Behaviour Centre and Centre for Inclusive Schooling provides an exemplary level of support for students with special needs when requested.