South Padbury PS has a student enrolment of 374 students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
The school motto is ‘Pursuing Knowledge and Friendship’ which extends to parents and carers and reflects our students’ positive attitudes to learning. The school is quietly and diligently re-building its positive reputation that it developed over 20 years.
Parents are highly visible in the school organising, in consultation with the administration, numerous activities for the students thus enriching experiences for participants.
Play areas are extensive with grounds being very well maintained. All areas of the school are fully air-conditioned due to the contributions of the parent body. The school is well resourced and has a fully automated resource centre. All classrooms are fitted with interactive electronic whiteboards.
Thanks to collaboration with the school’s P&C body, the school has full class sets of iPads, storage units for these devices and complete WIFI coverage in every area of the school. Our school’s ICT resources and infrastructure meet our ambition to deliver 21st Learning principles to all of our students. Our goal is to become a paper free work and learning environment and have a BYOD program in place for 2017.
Communication is an area that has improved immeasurably throughout the 2013-2015 period. All newsletter publications are now online, we have a new website that is constantly updated and we have also invested in an app that is utilised extensively to ensure that information to all of our stakeholders is constant and current.
South Padbury benefits from extensive experience amongst our teaching and non-teaching staff. All teachers meet the professional requirements to teach in Western Australian schools and are registered with the Teachers Registration Board of Western Australia. Our staff is highly stable and is becoming far more collaborative in all areas. This has enabled the continuation of well- established programs that were designed and implemented in 2015 and will be continued in 2016. The academic programs developed and implemented by teachers at South Padbury ensured improved academic achievements in 2015, as demonstrated by the data collected, analysed and reported on in our annual report.
The school’s Music Program is headed by Mrs Carol Williams, an experienced and accomplished educator. The program boasts an enthusiastic choir, instrumental music and singing at all assemblies and major functions. Throughout 2015 the school gathered together as one every Friday afternoon for a session of community singing.
The Physical Education Program is also headed up by Mrs Williams and encourages healthy competition amongst factions and between neighbouring schools. 2015 saw South Padbury come runner-up in the Interschool Athletics Carnival and perform with distinction in soccer, football, netball and soft crosse.
During the year each class is responsible for organising and performing at a school assembly providing opportunities for students to speak and present to an audience thus developing confidence and self-esteem. Each assembly is followed by a morning tea allowing parents to interact informally but purposely with both the teacher and the principal, Mr David Knox.
Staff support students to reach their full potential through offering a range of learning opportunities presented in a variety of ways designed to engage each student in the learning experience at hand.