We are the ‘HEART of the Community’ and we live by that acronym. Honesty, Effort, Attitude, Respect, and Team Work.
In recent years, we have experienced considerable growth with our student population now at 610. We are a highly sought after school and enrolments will continue to increase throughout the following school years. In 2022, there are 28 home groups and all year levels work in teams. We embrace differentiated learning and have an innovative approach to achieve this.
We operate with junior and senior Maths and English specialists. Each year level has Maths and English timetabled for 100 minutes, four days per week, with extra teachers assigned to each year level. Groups are sometimes structured around ability, and other times multi-ability groups.There are approximately 70 staff members across a range of full-time and part-time positions and together offer a diversity of experience, expertise and a gender balance.
Parents are openly welcomed into our school and participation and support is excellent. Our Parents Association, School Council, Market Committee and Facilities Committee are essential parts of our school.Our fundraising arm provides valuable financial support for our school, that helps redress social disadvantage.
We have our own school bus that is free for all students. We provide state of the art laptops for grades 3 to 6 on a one between 2 basis to develop collaborative practices. iPads are on a 1 to 3 basis in prep to 2 and we have smart TV’s installed in each of the classrooms. All are great examples of the hard work of our volunteers to raise funds for our school programs.
Parent’s attendance at excursions, Outdoor Education, Music excursions and camps, incursions and classroom support are strongly encouraged. This partnership is essential to our schools success. School Council is very active and enthusiastic and a sense of school pride is evident in the manner in which the school is presented.
The school offers a broad range of extra curricula programs and activities, that teachers are all very committed to. Playground areas are located across the multi-level site and students have access to a range of areas including a soon-to-be-competed oval, hard court areas, three sets of playground equipment, a central courtyard, extensive gardens and a school farm. We also make extensive use of the foreshore and its playground as a lunchtime activity and for sporting outdoor education and environmental sessions.
The classroom facilities are located in year level pods, all designed with break out facilities used in English and Maths sessions. Specialist programs are all allocated in unique learning spaces. Our Music room supports 3 soundproof instrumental teaching rooms and instrumental Music teachers. Our Art room is a modern, purpose built facility, and our STEM room is fully equipped with the latest technological equipment. Our administration area, sickbay and staffroom have also been refurbished recently and we have a First Aid Officer on duty at lunchtime and recess.