West Balcatta Primary School (5599)

School Overview

West Balcatta Primary School opened in 1977 and is located in the northern suburbs, approximately 13 kilometres from the Perth CBD catering for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. The school is dedicated to providing a positive educational experience that supports the academic, social, emotional and behavioural needs of all the students. This has been acknowledged in winning the prestigious 'WA Primary School of the Year 2012' award.

West Balcatta Primary School reflects a shared commitment to excellence. It provides a safe and supportive environment characterised by cooperation and courtesy, dedicated to providing children with a vast array of opportunities to learn, create and become responsible citizens of the future.

The grounds are very attractive and welcoming with seating in shaded areas for parents as well as signage in different languages. The school embraces cultural diversity where languages from many countries are spoken in the homes of students. The parent body is comprised of families from numerous cultures.

Classrooms reflect a comfortable learning environment and feature excellent facilities including interactive whiteboards and internet access. Year 5&6 'Bring your own Device' program has been implemented to enhance teaching and learning with ICT. The school boasts a well-resourced library and computer laboratory with 32 computers, Languages Room and purpose built Music Room, Science/Art & Craft Room and Assembly Area. Within the Assembly Area the school canteen operates four days a week.

Our committed staff are professional, approachable and dedicated to fostering a collaborative school culture. The school has a Principal, two Deputy Principals and one Level 3 Teacher. Numerous teachers have attained Senior Teacher status and staff members embrace leadership opportunities within the school. Additional support is provided by a Literacy Specialist Teacher, Support Teachers and Learning Support Coordinator.

The school is an accredited Water Wise and Asthma Friendly School. A Physical Education Specialist Teacher, Visual Arts Specialist Teacher and Music Specialist Teacher provide lessons to all Year 1 to Year 6 classes. There is also enthusiastic student participation in the school choir and band and the School of Instrumental Music (SIM) provides tuition in clarinet, flute and classical guitar. Students also study the Italian language with a Specialist Teacher from Years 3 to 6.

West Balcatta Primary School focuses on student care and support, encouraging children to make positive choices. Outstanding behaviour is consistently acknowledged and publicly recognised through various individual awards and team rewards. The Student Parliament is a group of esteemed Year 6 students who are recognised for their leadership skills. A number of other roles of responsibility are available to Year 6 students. A School Chaplain supports the school's Pastoral Care and Values programs and includes EdConnect (a volunteer program utilising mentors).

Cooperative partnership between parents, staff and students is the foundation on which the school is built. It is strengthened by parent participation in their children's education, which is actively encouraged. This includes a Support-a-Reader program where volunteer parent tutors assist weekly. Committed to West Balcatta Primary School are the motivated, active and progressive School Council and Parents' and Citizens' Association which are continually demonstrative of our parents as partners in education.