Wanneroo Primary School (5454)

School Overview

Wanneroo Primary, which was founded in 1899, caters for children from Kindergarten to Year 6. Our families come from a wide geographical area including rural farm lots served by a school bus, town residences and rapidly increasing housing estates to the north, south and west of the town site. In 2005, Wanneroo and Wanneroo Junior Primary amalgamated and a new school was constructed with well appointed facilities complete with air conditioned buildings set in secure and attractive grounds. Additional classrooms have recently been constructed which has allowed the school to extend its early childhood and specialist facilities.

In 2011 Wanneroo Primary was selected to become an Independent Public School (IPS). It has provided the school with the scope for greater autonomy and self-regulation. Importantly it has allowed the school to merit select staff to match the profile of our school and who have the skills and expertise to prepare our students for the 21st century.

The strategic direction of the school for the next three years is outlined in the Wanneroo Primary Business Plan, which has been set by the School Board in conjunction with the staff. Performance improvement targets were reached after an in depth analysis of a range of academic and non-academic data. There is a strong focus on the implementation of whole school initiatives for improvement based on research of contemporary teaching, learning and assessment strategies that are relevant for the context of Wanneroo Primary. The school is currently in the process of implementing the Australian Curriculum across all year levels.

A strength of the school is its professional staff whose collaborative approach to teaching is recognised and valued by the community. The agreed Positive Behaviours or Respect, Integrity, Safety and Engagement RISE for Excellence are embedded across the school community.

The learning environment is enhanced with opportunities to engage in a range of innovative programs including Growth Groups which are conducted in out of school hours with robotics, iPads, sustainability, skipping, choir, science maths, Lego Club and the arts. An innovative program in which students learn Italian through being immersed in the language while participating in visual arts, dance and drama is provided from Year 1 - 6.

For a close and effective working relationship to be developed between the school and home, the involvement of parents at Wanneroo Primary is crucial. Parents are involved in the School Board, the P&C and supporting the learning in classrooms. In 2011, there was a focus on building relationships with the local community including the Wanneroo Business Association who was generous in their financial support of the chaplaincy program.

As an Independent Public School, Wanneroo Primary is well placed to build on its proud heritage and tradition of 'Growing Together'.