Wembley Downs Primary School (5463)

School Overview

Wembley Downs Primary School is an Independent Public School within the Churchlands Network of Public Schools. Our school has a feeling of community support and involvement with many parents being actively involved in school activities and the education of their children; it has often been likened to a 'country school in the city'.

Our grounds are characterised by the number of large trees providing both shade and a basis for imaginative play. The original 1950s buildings provide an enclosed, secure feeling whilst our newer facilities, including a multi-purpose undercover assembly area, Early Childhood Centres and Library assist in the delivery of modern education programs.

A school-wide WiFi network allows students to pursue independent learning activities, utilising iPads, available in all classrooms. Our Library complements the Digital Technologies program and our purpose-built Science/Art and Music rooms provide students with the facilities to enhance great educational outcomes. Year 6 students have access to a bank of laptops.

Enrolment currently stands at 408 (K-6) with the majority of students coming from within our boundary. The school has a blend of teachers with varied experience and diverse expertise. We currently have specialist teaching in the areas of Health and Well Being (we are a Butterfly Body Bright School), Music, Japanese, Physical Education and Science.

Instrumental Music Program facilitated by the School of Instrumental Music staff includes options for Years 3 - 6 for strings, brass and piano. Students participate in, and perform publicly, within a school ensemble. Our Year 6 students have the opportunity to nurture our school community garden, take part in sailing lessons as well as put on a Year 6 Drama Production performed at Churchlands SHS.

We are also a Positive Behaviour School and our Behaviour Expectations are: Be Respectful, Be Responsible Caring and Be Your Best. Our classes also have buddy classes where the children in the upper year levels work with the lower year levels.

There is a very active Parents and Citizens' Association developing social networks and with sub-committees managing such operations as the uniform shop and canteen. A School Board oversees our planning processes and enables community members to have meaningful input into programs and direction. We are very thankful, especially for their contributions to our wonderful nature playground.

Classroom assessments, combined with data gathered from State and National testing programs, indicate that standards in the school are high and show evidence of value-adding. Students at Educational Risk (SAER) are catered for across the school year levels through both intervention and academic extension programs under the supervision of our Deputy Principals.

Student Councillors and House Captains help students gain valuable leadership skills and act as advocates for the student body. We are part of the City of Stirling Your Move Program, with students leaders from across multiple year levels. We are also working towards becoming a more sustainably aware school and developing a student leaders also in this area.

On-site before and after school child care facilities, provided through Mulberry Tree Care, enable the children of working parents to have a seamless transition from 'care to classroom'. The service is also available during school holidays ensuring children stay within a familiar and secure environment.