Middle Swan Primary School (5426)

School Overview

Middle Swan Primary School (MSPS) is an award-winning school and has been an Independent Public School since 2011. It is a large, well-resourced and well equipped school, catering for approximately 500 students enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 6. The school population is drawn mainly from Stratton and the nearby suburbs of Jane Brook and Middle Swan.

The schools priorities include
* Vocabulary,
* Mental Calculation and
* Social and Emotional Well-being of students.

In particular AEDC results indicate that language skills are an area of need in the Swan region hence the focus on interventions in the early years. Since 2014 the innovative language program Talk 4 Writing has been implemented as an opportunity to extend student vocabulary from Kindergarten to Year 6. A Speech Pathologist is engaged 2 days a week to screen and implement programs in the Kindergarten years. 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Words Their Way' from K-6 are additional programs that focus on developing the skills required for learning sounds and words. In 2015 NAPLAN reflected an upward trend in results especially in Writing, with Year 3 performing above the state average. Such positive results can be directly attributed to the focus staff have on the learning of Vocabulary and the programs they implement.

The fifty strong staff ensure students experience success at school and provide relevant, often innovative programs in a supportive environment. Staff are continually updating their skills to ensure students achieve their potential. Literacy, Numeracy, Science, ICT, The Arts and the learning environment are constant priority areas and receive considerable professional learning investment. Middle Swan Primary School works to ensure all students feel safe at school through conducting evidence-based programs and has strong links with universities, community organisations and education associations. The school also offers specialist programs in Physical Education, Visual Art, Choir, Drumbeat, Cycling, Recorder and individualised tutoring where a need is required.

The school benefits from the invaluable presence of the Child and Parent Centre. The centre provides an array of services including-
* Breakfast pickup for students
* Houses the school's breakfast club
* On site Doctor on Mondays
* Talk it Out counselling services
* Parenting Workshops
* Additional Speech therapy services

In 2015 the school's attendance rate was above the state average which can be directly linked to the support of the Child and Parent Centre combined with the school's focus.

The school is supported by a dedicated group of parents who participate in the School Board, the Parents and Citizens group, the canteen, and assist in classrooms and on excursions. The school has a pastoral care focus and a chaplain who assist parents and students. An Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer works to support indigenous students in their learning who make up approximately 20% of the school population.

Middle Swan Primary School is renowned for its high quality programs including numeracy, literacy and inquiry learning, where students are encouraged to think for themselves, take responsibility and solve problems.