Wellstead Primary School (5461)

School Overview

Wellstead is community situated 100 kilometres east of Albany and within the Albany city boundary. Wellstead is a friendly and vibrant place to live in and to visit. The townsite consists of a store/post office/petrol outlet, community library, land care office, mechanical workshop and residential houses. There is a community hall, tennis courts, and a large community oval which is used for cricket. It is approximately 18 kms to Cape Riche and fishing, swimming and beach studies form a natural part of its school's curriculum.

The school opened as the Cape Riche Primary School in June 1965. The original school was housed in a timber framed fibro building. This was replaced with the main building (brick construction) in 1978 and extensions were added during 1985. A demountable classroom was installed at the school site during 1993. It was modified for the introduction of the five year old students' program. In 1996, a brick under cover area was added and the school oval was extended to one hectare in 1997 and is surrounded by natural bush land. During 2001, a new administration office was added to the school.

The teaching staff provide a variety of learning experiences for students in multi-aged grouped classes. T he school is well served by two part time cleaners, a gardener/handy person, registrar, library officer and a teacher assistant.

The parents and community are actively involved in the operations of the school. Most have lived in the region for a number of years and are involved in cereal cropping; sheep, cattle and wildflower farming; and tree plantations. Most of the students live on farms and travel to school by bus. They are well behaved, responsive and regular attenders. After they complete their schooling in Wellstead, all students attend secondary school in Albany, Jerramungup or in Perth.