East Manjimup Primary School (5537)

School Overview

East Manjimup Primary School, an Independent Public School since 2012, is located on a 7.5 hectare site, surrounded by farm land and native bush. Our school motto is Strive to Succeed, and we aim to do this consistently. The focus of our school is on the Whole Child - physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and mental wellbeing. We cater for students Kindergarten to Year 6, with our school developing a strong reputation in catering for students with various disabilities, including Autism. The school is recognised for its strong and positive culture, including the relationships we have developed with families, support agencies and the wider community.

We have a strong teaching and support staff, with one of our teachers a recent finalist in the WA Education Awards Teacher of the Year category. The school provides a number of academic programs in various smaller group and class configurations, including Origo Maths, Get Reading Right, Sound Waves Spelling and MultiLit Reading Tutor Program. The school runs a highly effective Indonesian Language program, for Years 3 - 6 students, with students placing first, second or third in the National Australia Indonesia Languages Award each year for the past four years. The school runs an annual Speak Up program, with all students Years 1 - 6 given the opportunity to prepare and present public speeches.

We believe consistent, positive pastoral care of students is vital. Through our Learning Support Coordinator, school chaplain and psychologist, the school provides access to various support agencies and resources for both our students and our families. The mindset of the staff is The Whole Child, knowing that supported students have a greater chance of academic (and other) success. A range of visiting teachers, health professionals and NDIS providers also support our students.

We have a strong emphasis on outdoor learning. This is evidenced in our large Natureplay playground; annual Creek Play; mountain biking for our older students; Bush Kindy sessions, and various other opportunities. The school also provides a skipping (ropes) program, with our specialist team - the Skipperoos - performing at school and community events. Students are provided with opportunities to participate in various Cross Country Running, Athletics and Sports programs and carnivals.

We have a music teacher, who provides a general music program, and students can also elect to learn a musical instrument. Visual Arts are a strong element of our teaching and learning program. The school also holds a whole-school production at the end of each year, with drama, dance and singing strong elements of it.

One of our teachers provides specialist Digital Technologies programs, and with the assistance of our Technical Support Officer, the school is providing a range of information and communication technology opportunities, including robotics / coding and 3D printing.

We have a strong focus on developing and encouraging Values - Respect; Care and Compassion; Doing Your Best; Fair Go; Honesty and Trustworthiness; Integrity; Freedom; Responsibility; Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion. At our weekly assembly students are recognised for demonstrating these values. The school also has a student Green Team, which provides leadership in areas such as recycling, tree planting, rubbish collection and energy use.

Both our P&C Association and School Board are effective and supportive bodies of the school. 2021 will see the celebration of our 50th anniversary as a school, with the P&C's biannual Gala Day to feature. The school is the sole host (with Stepping Stones being the provider) of Out of School Hours (before and after school, and vacation) child care in Manjimup. The school was recently reviewed by the Public School Review team, and received highly positive feedback and report, with the positive school culture being recognised.