Picton Primary School (5377)

School Overview

The original school opened in 1861 with an enrolment of 20 children. The new Picton Primary School was built in 1996, approximately 1.5km from the old site and caters for over 200 students. Picton Primary School is now situated in Glen Iris, a northern suburb of the City of Bunbury, approximately 150 km south of Perth. Picton's previously small semi-rural population has now transformed, with the majority of our students coming from the expanding Glen Iris, Picton Waters and the new Vittoria Heights estates.

Our new school is set in a tranquil environment surrounded by expansive grassed play areas and include tennis and basketball courts, football, cricket and soccer fields and extensive shaded play areas throughout. Our children thoroughly enjoy playing in such a magnificent environment. The school boasts the very latest in building design and facilities, with dedicated art and music rooms, the latest technology available throughout, an undercover assembly area and terrific purpose built kindergarten and preprimary facilities.

At Picton we focus on the development of each child by providing them with opportunities to strive to achieve their potential in a caring, supportive and safe environment. As well as seeking excellence in all learning areas, students are provided with opportunities to develop skills, attitudes and values that will equip them for high school and beyond. We endeavour to instil a love of learning, respect, care and tolerance for other people and a determination to succeed. Students demonstrate pride in their school through their communication, actions and by wearing their school uniforms. Staff model, teach and promote the school's values: Strive to do my best; Respect myself; Respect the rights of others; Co-operate and care for others; and Care for my school and environment.

Whilst our major teaching and learning focus is improving student performance in English and Mathematics, excellent learning programmes in all eight learning areas are provided by a dedicated, experienced, professional and caring staff. Students have access to the latest technology, including five computers (2005 model) per classroom in the middle and senior classes. We have an outstanding Arts programme that includes; class music lessons, boot scooting, choir and instrumental music in guitar and trumpet. Children regularly perform within the school and the broader community. Our Physical Education programme provides an excellent grounding for each child to develop the skills, knowledge, values and a positive attitude to promote a healthy active lifestyle. This is achieved through a daily fitness programme, regular physical education lessons, competitive sport in the senior years, in term swimming lessons and through participation in interschool carnivals, including; athletics, football, soccer, netball and cross country running. Strong links with the community are forged through participation in projects involving senior citizens, aid agencies, local council, government organisations, educational institutions, local business and other groups.

At Picton Primary School we have an active Student Council that provides year seven students with additional leadership opportunities. They meet regularly to have input into school operations, meet twice a year with student councillors from a nearby school and selected students attend the annual Student Leaders' Convention in Perth.

The Parents and Citizens Association and the School Council are active and effective organisations that provide parents with the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the decision making process. At Picton Primary there is a strong sense of community spirit that is evident in so many ways, but more specifically through terrific parental support, including well attended school assemblies. Parents are valued partners in the teaching and learning process.