Tom Price Primary School (5549)

School Overview

Tom Price Primary School is situated in the Pilbara Education Region some 1,500 kilometres north of Perth. It is one of two primary schools located in Tom Price. The school was opened in 1967, on its present location, to service the children of workers in the local iron ore mine.

Tom Price Primary has a teaching staff of approximately 16 teachers (ranging from full time to one day per week). The school is provided with the services of a school psychologist and nurse for one day a week. The school has a support staff of 11 people with positions including manager corporate services, school officer, Aboriginal and Islander education officer, education assistants, cleaners and gardeners. These people contribute significantly to student learning and achievement.

There are currently 250 students enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 6. The school consists of an on-site kindergarten, purpose built pre-primary centre, 10 classrooms, administration block, undercover area with canteen and specialist areas including library/resource building, an art/craft room and a music room. The buildings are well maintained and are located amongst beautiful gardens which provide a tranquil educational setting.

Tom Price Primary has a Principal (Level 5), one Deputy Principal (Level 3), a Learning Support Coordinator and specialists in The Arts (visual) and Physical Education.

The school motto 'Forever Forward' encourages each child to strive for their very best and, to the extent of their ability, achieve excellence. Tom Price Primary School's educational programs reflect beliefs commonly held and shared by members of the school community. It values effective communication with parents and the community to ensure the school is responsive to changing needs.

The major focus for activity within the school is the child. We believe that:

o Children should possess a high level of self-esteem and that the school should provide a warm, stable environment to encourage a feeling of self worth.

o Children have a right to be treated fairly but firmly, which develops social skills to help them work co-operatively with others.

o Children should experience success through participation in school activities and are encouraged to feel a sense of achievement through improvement of personal performance.

Tom Price Primary provides a progressive, comprehensive curriculum which gives all children access to challenging and relevant programs. While a strong emphasis is placed on English and Mathematics, all other curriculum areas (Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Health and Physical Education, The Arts, and Technologies) are extensively covered.

An active Parents and Citizens Association and School Board contribute to a collaborative organisation dedicated to meeting the academic and social needs of all students.