Our School - Principals Message

Welcome to Balingup Primary School!

As the very proud Principal of this well-respected, all inclusive Primary School, I welcome you to the 2017 school year.

We are a community that collaborates together to achieve shared goals. We currently have 55 students, small classroom sizes and the ability to cater for your child as an individual.

 Our classrooms are all multi-year level classes, consisting of:

* Kindergarten/Pre-primary - This class has two highly trained Early Childhood Education teachers, including a senior teacher and two highly skilled education assistants.

* Year 1/2/3 - This class has a young and vibrant teacher who has on top of her Primary Education degree; a Bachelor of Science (marine biology and zoology) degree and is currently studying to complete her Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

* Year 4/5/6 - This class has a nurturing and knowledgeable senior teacher who does an amazing job preparing our senior students for High School. School becomes a second home for these students and they are treated like the mature young adults that they demonstrate themselves to be.

Our staff provide a wonderful diversity and combined knowledge and experience of our staff is valued as an opportunity for continual growth. Within these mixed year-leveled classrooms, our students have the ability to both consolidate and extend their learning.

Our classrooms are equipped with the latest iPads, apple TVs, printers and laptop wireless technologies.

We encompass student initiated play, teacher initiated play based learning as well as explicit instructional teaching strategies. Our teachers plan, teach, monitor and assess students using the West Australian Curriculum. We embed the Early Years Learning Framework, Kindergarten Guidelines, National Quality Standards Framework, and Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework. We program for each child at their own level of learning and challenge each child to achieve their best. We pride ourselves on our ability to nurture each child as the individual they are.

We use evidence based teaching strategies and have a strong strategic focus on the improvement of student outcomes in literacy and numeracy. There is a high expectation that students will try their hardest and set goals to continue their own personal growth. We encourage a growth mindset and teach students that their learning is not 'fixed'.

All of our staff participate in collaborative teaching and learning. We have strong friendships as well as strong working relationships. We value and respect each others expertise and always assist each other when needed.

Balingup PS has its own whole school data collection process. We know where every student is at academically and we track their attendance on a term by term basis. We use this data to cater for the individual and we make sure that every student in our care has success at our school.

At Balingup PS we provide a comprehensive curriculum program. Other programs are available in the school to enrich student learning.

These include:
* Student run sustainable garden complete with chickens, worms, vegetable patch and fruit trees
* Active Afterschool Sports Program
* Breakfast Club
* School Chaplain
* AUSLAN friendly school where all students learn Key Sign
* Volunteer and Mentor Program
*Specialist Art Teacher
*Strong Community Ties - Small Farm Field Day, Medieval Carnivale, Telling Tales in Balingup, CWA, Balingup Community Garden
*Junior Primary Choir
* Day-care including before, after school, weekend and holiday care
*Collaborative time for teaching staff to implement and reflect on whole school practice.

We have a high expectation of appropriate behaviour at Balingup PS and we reward the positive behaviours within the school as supported by policies focusing on attendance and behaviour management.

At Balingup PS we recognise the importance of having strong partnerships between students, parents and staff and we welcome all families into our community.

Come for a tour of our school and see the benefits that await your child.

 

 

 

Emma Bancroft

Principal

Balingup Primary School