Poynter Primary School (5636)

School Overview

Poynter Primary School, located in the suburb of Duncraig, opened in October 1980. The school's unique location, only 15 kilometres from the CBD, affords easy access to beaches and quality leisure and sporting facilities. Poynter Primary School has a proud academic tradition of providing quality educational learning opportunities across all learning areas. Enrolments are above 500 students and national testing results support the school's reputation for strong academic achievement. Extension programs include access to the regional Primary Extension and Academic Challenge (PEAC) program and a school based Poynter Enrichment Program. The community displays a high level of educational awareness and the school enjoys strong parental support. The school has attracted an experienced, caring and innovative staff.

The buildings, which are well maintained and air-conditioned, include sixteen teaching classrooms, new purpose-built music and art rooms, an undercover assembly area, a spacious automated library with an internet-linked computer laboratory and a modern administration block. The classrooms are also networked with internet access through a central server. The grounds feature extensive sporting fields, shaded play areas and adventure playgrounds.

The school has a strong music focus with a specialist program augmented by whole-school musical productions, senior choir, school orchestra and band plus instrumental instruction in violin, viola, cello, flute, brass, clarinet and percussion. The Visual Arts specialist teacher coordinates a program that promotes sequential skill development and the opportunity for children to produce a high standard of artwork across a range of media.

Health and Wellbeing is a priority at Poynter Primary School with physical education programs that feature skill-based sessions, daily fitness, interhouse and interschool athletics, cross-country and team sport competition.

House and buddy systems are an integral part of the school's pastoral care program. The key skills of confidence, persistence, resilience, organization, compassion and getting along are developed using Program Aspire. Promoted by the Student Leadership Team involvement in these systems provides practical opportunities for students to develop respect, leadership, collaborative learning and mentoring skills in a safe and supportive environment.