Honesty, kindness, fairness and safety are the core attributes we encourage in our students, and our staff, parents and community members are important role models for their development.
We are a proud Independent Public School with more than a century of experience in education with many families having multi-generational links to the school. With around 500 Kindergarten to Year 6 students, our school has grown from servicing a small rural community to welcoming students from growing urban communities.
Teachers are keen to ensure children are provided with a learning program that motivates and engages them. We use evidence-based strategies to teach literacy and numeracy that include structured learning blocks, the gradual release teaching model and visible learning principles.
Resources we use include First Steps Literacy and Maths, Words Their Way, Diana Rigg's Promoting Literacy Development and Primary Connections (Science). Teachers have been trained in the use co-operative learning strategies that are integrated across learning areas.
We offer specialist drama, music, visual arts and physical education programs along with language (Mandarin). Our students have a range of opportunities to develop their interests and talents as well as the traditional academic pursuits.
The academic program is complemented by the WA Health Department's School Drug Education and Road Awareness program. The focus is on the development of personal qualities such as resilience, organisational skills and responsible decision making.
Our Student Councillors undergo leadership training. They coordinate fundraising events for charities; organise assemblies; chess competitions and a talent quest. Senior students act as peer mediators in the playground during morning tea and lunchtimes.
Our active parent body has funded many projects including buying reading series, interactive whiteboards for all classrooms, installation of reliable ICT infrastructure and assisting with internal changes to the senior block. An enthusiastic group of parents do a terrific job of organising several fundraising events throughout the year that get great support from the wider parent group.
The school's gardener is integral to the school's running. He works closely with students, teachers and parents to develop and maintain our environmental projects such as the worm farm, recycling shed and vegetable garden.
Discover more about our school: upperswanps.wa.edu.au