Watheroo Primary School (5458)

School Overview

Watheroo Primary School is located 220kms north of Perth in the heart of the Central West agricultural area, with students attending the school travelling from a radius of approximately 30 km around the town. Approximately 60% of our students are from surrounding farms while the rest reside within the town-site. The main source of employment for many in the Watheroo area is farming and associated employment. The school is located in the heart of the town site and play an important role in maintaining social connections for students, their families, staff and the wider community.

We aim to provide a nurturing environment for all students. We offer an education which supports and encourages their academic, social, emotional and physical development. We want our students to be inspired and skilled to achieve their personal best with the confidence to recognise and grasp opportunities throughout their lives. We work together as a whole school community to achieve this purpose. Staff have high expectations of our students and strive to help them achieve their individual potential. As a result of our collective effort, our students become independent learners, capable citizens and effective leaders. We are a Level 3 school in the Midwest Education Region with an average enrolment of 32 students over the last three years. Our vision of 'Learning for Life' reflects our mission to strive to create a learning environment that supports our students to be well prepared for further education and life beyond school.

We have small multi-aged classes. There is a strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and the integration and implementation of the West Australian Curriculum subjects of Maths, English, Science and Humanities and Social Science (HASS). We have a whole school approach to English implementing explicit teaching of synthetic phonics, guided reading and Talk 4 Writing programs. We provide a well-resourced intervention program, supported by capable Education Assistants, and have access to a speech pathologist, occupational therapist and school psychologist. Overall, the school is very well resourced and teachers and students enjoy working in large classrooms, well-endowed with computing and electronic learning equipment, including interactive whiteboards, laptops and i-Pads.

The Joint Schools' network which is led by Watheroo has pioneered what is now internationally recognised as a crucial component of every child's education, STEM, as a combined schools learning program. Our STEM network has grown to include the following schools; Badgingarra, Coorow, Dandaragan, Eneabba, Miling and Watheroo. The term long projects provide exceptional learning opportunities for students and teachers.

Our staff members are enthusiastic, well qualified professionals who collaborate effectively to ensure that all students are given the optimal opportunity for success.
We work with our community to provide the best education possible for our students. Parents are encouraged to form a partnership with the school through formal and informal means. We are fortunate to have an active School Council and P&C. The willingness of our parents and other community members to volunteer has resulted in numerous benefits for our students. We have created an outdoor classroom and upgraded the facilities in the junior primary classroom in 2016 and 2017. Watheroo Primary offers many interesting learning programs utilising local and outside experts. Students from all year levels are involved in excursions and incursions and the year 4-6 students attend a week long camp every year. Families are invited to begin establishing their relationship with the school community by participating in our Pre-Kindy Readiness program - we aim to effectively form positive partnerships with families for the continuation of their child's learning journey.

Our historic mural and landscaped gardens created for the centenary celebrations by students, community members and a visiting artist form a welcoming and inviting environment, along with the recently improved basketball court and a nature play area.

Staff continually promote, and explicitly teach, the school values of showing respect, being responsible, being resilient and showing endeavour. We often receive feedback from visitors about our friendly and polite students.

We welcome inquiries about our school and encourage you to visit us in person. Please email us if you would like a copy of our Parent Information Brochure: Watheroo.PS@education.wa.edu.au