Forrestdale Primary School (5613)

School Overview

Forrestdale Primary School is a metropolitan school which draws a significant proportion of its clientele from its surrounding rural area. The school is surrounded by native bush and small rural holdings and features a very attractive learning environment.

The school has: a fully equipped Resource Centre, a well equipped Early Childhood centre, eight classrooms, air-conditioned undercover area, netball court, basketball court and an oval for ball games and athletics. There are three adventure playgrounds: early childhood, junior and senior. The Early Childhood outdoor play area also includes: a fort, covered sand pits, musical environment, tricycle/scooter path with road signs, swings and a water play area.

The Library Resource Centre houses a Learning Technologies area, which includes 27 networked computers to complement those in classrooms.

Specialist programmes in Music, LOTE: Italian, and Physical Education have value added to already high quality education programs.

Forrestdale recognises that Music is a vital expression for students of all ages and provides an avenue for individuality. Forrestdale has a major focus on singing, particularly developing pitch and rhythm, following the Kodaly Methodology. Forrestdale Primary School has both a Senior and Junior Choir. Instrumental music is a feature with the opportunity for upper primary students to learn guitar or clarinet. Forrestdale also has a school rock band and a small percussion group.

Athough Forrestdale is a small school, it has many talented students and offers innovative programs, for example:
- Forrestdale is the only school to win the Numero competition more than once, having won it in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and being declared a runner up in 2006.
- At the Interschool Carnivals in recent years Forrestdale has won, more than once in some cases: the Cross Country; Interschool Athletics: Handicap Shield, Games Shield and Outright Shield; Eagle's Cup Football and Orioles Netball - competing often against much larger schools.

Forrestdale Primary School is a shining example of a school community taking pride in achievements and looking toward the successes of the future.