Weld Square Primary School (5526)

School Overview

Weld Square Primary School is a school that pursues academic excellence and offers a recognised best practice pastoral care program to all of its students. The school, with its well established gardens is surrounded by native bushlands and parklands and located in the suburb of Morley; 10 km north east of Perth, also actively promotes environmental sustainability throughout the whole school community.

This unique urban bushland setting offers a variety of excellent learning opportunities for Science and Environmental studies. The school's extensive gardens include; native gardens, 'veggie' plots, compost bins and worm farm. An integrated recycling program has been featured on local television and each year is showcased with an exhibition stall at the Royal Agricultural Show and more recently the Sun Fair at the University of WA.

For many of the school population of 175 students, English is their second language. These children come from many different countries including Bosnia, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand, Sudan, Mauritius, Macedonia, Lebanon and Italy. Many of Weld Square Primary School's current students' parents received their primary education at Weld Square Primary School.

The School's motto, 'Loyalty, Friendship, Respect and Excellence' is reflected in the curriculum offered and values the development of the whole child. Our learning programs are designed to cater for the learning styles, talents and needs of our students. In addition to the basic curriculum, special programs are provided in Music, Health and Physical Education (Bluearth and Protective Behaviours), Information Communication Technology, Mandarin and Library studies. The Virtues Program underpins all pastoral care programs including behaviour management, student leadership and peer mediation programs. The School has an active Chaplaincy program available to all members of our school community.

A very experienced staff, most who have been at the school for many years, utilise their expertise to ensure that the learning needs of each child are addressed. The curriculum is further supplemented by the school's focus on the extensive provision of information and communication technology throughout the school. Weld Square Primary School has Interactive Whiteboards in all learning areas from Kindergarten to Year 7 as well as the in the Library/ICT Centre. This new technology has had a positive and vibrant impact on the learning environment. The new Library/ICT centre houses 31 high-speed computers which allow all students hassle free access to e-learning. The senior class housed in the old Library also enjoy the benefits of ten integrated computers. All other classes have access to at least five computers.

The school opened in 1970 and in 2010 celebrated its 40th anniversary. The school buildings including both the modern architectural style of the new Library/ICT Centre and undercover area which also houses a Specialist Music Learning Area and Canteen and the cluster buildings typical of the 1970s set amidst mature gardens and native bushlands provide the scene for a pleasant learning and working environment. The flexible space and abundance of teaching and learning areas facilitates the organisation of varied groupings of children to meet their ever changing needs. Most classes have access to double the normal learning area space. Cooperative team teaching arrangements enrich the learning programs for all students.

The achievements and progress of our school are strongly supported by parents who are actively involved at all levels of the school program. This is evident in the work of our Parents and Citizens Association, School Council, Art classes, Environmental Committee and Uniform Shop. The school also works closely with the City of Bayswater to provide before and after school care and holiday programs through the Morley Out of School Care Centre located on school grounds. This is a huge support for children of working parents.