O'Connor Primary School (5743)

School Overview

O'Connor Primary School is a friendly school that values the support and participation of the school community. The staff are dedicated and enthusiastic in their endeavour to ensure the best outcomes possible for every student. This is epitomised in the school motto 'Friendship and Achievement'.

O'Connor is located in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and was named after Charles Yelverton O'Connor, the Chief Engineer for Western Australia from 1891 until his death in 1902. C Y O'Connor designed and, for the most part, guided the construction of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme that first brought water to Kalgoorlie in 1903, as it does today. Kalgoorlie-Boulder has a population of over 30,000 and lies 600 km east of Perth. It is primarily a mining and service city. O'Connor Primary was constructed in 1996 and has grown steadily to reach a population of over 800 students from Kindergarten to Year Six.

The school is well resourced with many new buildings and ICT being placed into classrooms. We have a number of purpose built rooms to cater for science and music which complement the general teaching classrooms. The grounds are well developed and a number of areas are designed for specific age groups. The school site also houses the O'Connor Education Support Centre. Both schools run a very successful integration program that provides many opportunities for inclusion across a broad range of activities.

O'Connor Primary School became an Independent Public School in 2011. This has seen the school's profile further develop and allow the school to initiate projects that complement the teaching in the school. We have been involved in a number of projects that have developed the skills of staff and given leadership opportunities. One in particular is our extensive pre-service teacher programme. This has enhanced the school to be recognised as a leader in teacher development and promoting teaching in country areas. This focus has assured us of having competent and skilled teachers in front of classes to maximise learning at every opportunity. We are attracting quality graduate teachers as they know they will be supported and nurtured in those first years to develop their skill set. A number stay with us for longer than the average two years and this brings stability to the school.

We are committed to a strong focus on Pastoral Care and Student Engagement programs incorporating breakfast club, lunchtime sports, football academy and clubs programmes. We have Curriculum Leaders who support staff and students throughout the school. Colourful murals and tiles adorn external walls with messages of friendship, healthy choices, and working in harmony; making O'Connor a fantastic place to work and learn.