Established in 1913, Nedlands Primary School has seen many prominent West Australians pass through its ranks. The school generally draws children of parents in professional fields in the high socio-economic area and there are strong traditions of attendance across family generations. It also attracts a number of children of overseas students and staff employed at the nearby University of Western Australia and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
There is strong community support from parents and local businesses who, in recent years, have funded the development of a substantial playground project, air-conditioning of the total school, enclosing of the under cover area to create a Performing Arts Centre and operating costs for the swimming pool.
There is an experienced and loyal staff, many of whom have been at the school for up to twenty years. We apply a continuous improvement model to reflect on and improve the quality of our teaching and learning programs for all students.
The school operates a Pre-Primary and Kindergarten program, off-site at the Nedlands Park Early Learning Centre, about 1km from the main school, in addition to two newly refurbished Early Childhood rooms for Pre-Primary classes on the main school site.
Facilities include air-conditioned and gas heated classrooms, two school ovals, a cricket pitch, tennis, basketball and netball courts, a 25m swimming pool and adventure playgrounds. There is an enclosed performing arts/activity centre for cultural and sporting events, a large modern library and resource centre,an art room and a music room. Each classroom has access to computing including desktop, notebook and tablet workstations and a wireless network to support tablet access throughout the school.
An Instrumental Music Tuition Program has more than 80 children from Years 3 to 6 involved. Instruments include violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute and brass. A Religion in Life program is offered to all students in years 1 to 4, on a voluntary basis, through the Hollywood Christian Group of religious instruction teachers. The school also offers Baha'i Religious Education classes as an (voluntary)alternative for those year levels. Children from years 5 and 6 participate in an Ethics and Philosophy course.
In Years 5, and 6 children identified as being gifted and talented are offered enrichment courses through PEAC (Primary Extension and Challenge). Classroom extension programs are also provided to enable all students to maximise their potential. The school has built a reputation for excellence which has seen many of our students win scholarships to a wide range of secondary schools.
The school has embraced the brand of 'Experience the Opportunities' and is proud of the many and varied opportunities provided to the students as well as the high levels of support provided through our active School Board and P&C.