Parkwood Primary School opened in 1975 and is at the eastern end of the Fremantle-Peel Education District. The school sits adjacent to Lynwood Senior High School. Our students enjoy quality facilities, equipment and resources to enhance their learning experiences.
Formerly one of the largest primary schools in Western Australia, demographic changes have resulted in a student enrolment of approximately 560 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. This includes just in excess of 80 children in the Intensive English Centre.
The Intensive English Centre (IEC) addresses the needs of refugees and other children with little or no English. The IEC provides these children with a nurturing environment in which to develop proficiency in written and spoken English. Some arrive with no prior education. After 12 to 18 months, when these children have developed sufficient skills to enable them to participate effectively in mainstream schooling, they enrol in their local school. As Parkwood Primary School is one of only 7 primary schools in W.A. with an IEC, our students are drawn from a wide section of the south-east metropolitan area.
There is a commitment by staff to addressing the educational, social and emotional needs of our students. In an age where education is undergoing rapid innovation and change, the programs we provide are designed to be intellectually challenging, within a supportive environment. Our school culture has a strong values-base where staff, students, parents and community members are treated with respect. We also aim to develop in our students an understanding that learning is to be enjoyed and should be enthusiastically pursued.
Students have access to a range of programs, including Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) for identified students, instrumental music and environmental education programs. We are entering our third year with a Science specialist program. The school has a physical education program aimed at developing more active lifestyles among our students. The Parents and Citizens Association is a proactive body that works in partnership with the school, to provide opportunities to enhance the experiences of our students.