About Woodlands Primary

Woodlands Independent Primary School began operating in 1964, opening with 53 students. We aim to make the school a happy place where children enjoy learning. We trust they develop socially and academically to the best of their ability in a happy atmosphere of co-operation with staff and other children.

"A world of opportunity through the power of learning.”

 

Welcome to the Woodlands Primary School community.

Woodlands Primary School, as a dynamic and vibrant learning community, aspires to provide your child with opportunities to discover and develop their talents and abilities. This is facilitated through the delivery of a diverse and engaging curriculum including specialist programs in science, music, visual arts, physical education and sustainability. Our committed and passionate staff work collaboratively to maximise student learning and school performance.

Primary School education provides the critical foundations for life-long learning. The school has a strong reputation for delivering quality education that focuses on:

  • encouraging and supporting every child to achieve their personal best.
  • caring for and nurturing each child to develop social and emotional well-being.

Belonging, Respect, Humanity and Possibilities are our four core values. When Humanity, Belonging and Respect are embedded in your child’s behaviour, we believe it will open up infinite Possibilities.

Research has clearly shown that a strong school-parent partnership enhances student learning and our school has a tradition of high parental involvement. I look forward to working together with you to provide a quality education for all the children that attend Woodlands Primary School.

Gavin Power
Principal

 

principals message Gavin head boy and head girl

A world of opportunity through the power of learning.

To achieve our mission at Woodlands Primary School we continually apply five planning principles and model and teach our values.

 

Principles

The five principles that underpin our planning process are:

  1. Being student focused;
  2. Collaborative approaches with an embedded coaching culture;
  3. Developing consciously competent staff;
  4. Promoting a distributed leadership model;
  5. Building strong partnerships.

 

Values

Humanity: The quality of being kind, thoughtful and humane.

Belonging: Welcoming, caring and valuing teamwork.

Possibilities: Discovering talents and exploring opportunities to shine.

Respect: Being courteous and believing everyone is valued and highly regarded.

 

Humanity, Belonging and Respect when embedded in students’ behavior will open up infinite Possibilities for them.

 

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Throughout the year relevant information is distributed via a number of methods. These include class teacher notes, emails from the school and teachers, the school website at www.woodlandsps.wa.edu.au, our regularly emailed school newsletter, our school Facebook page, Connect, parent representative meetings each term and regular Parents and Citizens meetings.

Please make sure we have your current email address and contact details and regularly check our school website for updated information.

 

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Woodlands Primary School provides a dynamic and varied learning environment. It offers a diverse and engaging curriculum including specialist programs in Science, Music, Sustainability, Visual Art and Physical Education.

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Science

Our Pre-Primary to Year 6 Science program is run by our Science Specialist, Mrs Lynette Martin. Hands-on-authentic Science lessons provide our students with ways to explore and gain a greater understanding of the world.  Science by doing also encourages students’ natural curiosity and willingness to explore. It inspires problem solving and questioning about their world.

Our Science Lab enables students to access materials and equipment required for Science inquiry. The Western Australian Science Curriculum develops our students’ Science Understanding, Science Inquiry Skills and Science as a Human Endeavour. 

Each term, our students develop their Science Inquiry Skills by investigating different scientific concepts in a Science Understanding sub-strand of Biological Science, Chemical Science, Physical Science or Earth and Space Science. 

As our students are exploring Science concepts, they complete investigations enabling them to develop their Science Inquiry Skills including:

  • Questioning and Predicting
  • Planning and Conducting
  • Processing and Analysing Data and Information
  • Evaluating
  • Communicating

We plan for effective student learning by incorporating Kagan cooperative learning teams where students have specific roles encouraging them to work cooperatively. Students have both academic goals and social goals and are asked to reflect on their learning in Science making them responsible for their own learning. 


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Music 

Our specialist music teacher, Mrs Danielle Rees, teaches singing, theory, percussion, movement, ukulele and recorder appropriate to the year level from Year 1 to Year 6. Our school is at the forefront of integrating digital technology into our music program.

Woodlands Primary School is part of the Department of Education’s ‘Specialist in Instrumental Music’ (SIMS) Program. Special instrumental programmes are available for selected students in music. Students are chosen based on a set criterion, which includes a music aptitude test. 

Instruments include:

Clarinet / Trumpet intake from Year 5

Violin and Viola intake from Year 3 and another viola intake in Year 4

Cello intake from Year 4

Woodlands Primary School engages an Ensemble Music Specialist, who conducts a string ensemble class one morning per week.

A senior choir is run for students in Year 5 and 6. Students practise and prepare for performances both at school and at various concerts including the Western Australian Government Schools Music Society Make Music Concert at Crown Theatre, the Massed Choir Festival, the Children Sing Festival, performances at aged care facilities, ANZAC ceremonies and assemblies.

Junior choir rehearsals are run before school for students in Years 3 and 4. The purpose of the junior choir is to identify and develop students who have an interest in singing and performance.

If you have any queries about our music program please contact music teacher Danielle Rees.

 

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Sustainability 

Woodlands Primary has a strong focus on living sustainably and all students are included in lessons on sustainable practises. Each class at the school reuses and recycles paper, puts their fruit and vegetable scraps into a bucket for the three worm farms and contributes to reducing waste at the school. Our school is a collection point for batteries, printer cartridges, mobile phones and oral hygiene products. 

At least twice a week all students and staff are encouraged to bring waste free recesses and lunches (nude food) to school and to identify ways to reduce single-use plastic.

The school has a large vegetable garden, with each class being responsible for planting, harvesting and eating fresh, organic produce; with excess being sold at fortnightly assemblies. The garden is attached to the outdoor classroom (shared with Science) and several compost bins are located in this area for green waste and shredded paper. Compost, worm wizz and vermicast is used on the garden beds to promote growth. Students often visit the garden during recess and lunchtimes and regularly make use of it during Science and Sustainability lessons with the specialist teachers. 

An excursion for students and parents to Tamala Park Resource Recovery Centre is arranged for a whole year level each year. Incursions from Wastewise, Waterwise and Keep Australia Beautiful representatives are arranged regularly. 

 

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Visual Art

Woodlands Visual Art program is diverse for students, incorporating their own personal world and other worlds around them. It encourages all students to engage, inspire and enrich their own learning, along with exciting their imagination and reaching their creative and expressive potential.

At Woodlands, Visual Art is reflected both indoors and outdoors with works created by students with visiting artists. These works are located in our undercover area, Music room, Mosaic murals on walls, paintings on classroom doors and Aboriginal inspired art around our garden areas.

Through the Artist in Residence programs, Sculptures by the Sea, Art Gallery and Festivals (Perth International Arts Festival, Awesome Arts), students are exposed to the skills and techniques of both local and international artists. This broadens their understanding and response to art and builds on the art culture across the school.

There is a Specialist Visual Art program beginning in Pre-Primary level. Though Making and Responding, which is based on the Australian Arts Curriculum, students develop their knowledge and skills to imagine and communicate as they develop artistic choices and critical and aesthetic understanding.

*Making - In Visual Arts involves creating individual and collaborative art works in response to ideas that emerge as they explore visual language evident in their own and others' social, cultural and technological worlds.

*Responding - In Visual Arts involves students inquiring conceptually and spatially as they learn the language, skills and techniques of visual arts. They apply this knowledge as they experiment with materials and methods to access and experience traditional and new technologies in the visual arts.

Making and Responding includes drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, clay and a variety of printing techniques. The Visual Art program allows for cross curriculum learning in many other learning areas. Student work is exhibited within the school and community.

We plan for co-operative learning working in groups and partners as well as our Positive Behaviour Expectations of Humanity, Belonging, Possibilities and Respect. These are all inclusive and reflected in Visual Art.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a whole school framework which helps schools to create positive learning environments. Our school values, defined by the community, guide the behaviour of everyone in our school; staff, students, parents and community members. This is achieved by developing proactive systems to define, teach and support appropriate student behaviour. At Woodlands we strive to show Humanity, Belonging, Possibilities and Respect.

A Behaviour Expectation Matrix, formulated by the school community, articulates what these expectations look like in everyday school life.  A number of verbal, non-verbal and tangibles are used to reinforce students who display the desired behaviour. 

There is a dedicated PBS team appointed in the school which consists of the administration, classroom teachers, special teachers, education assistants and community members. . However, the entire staff at Woodlands Primary are committed and involved in the design and implementation of PBS.

PBS Team Members

Chairperson: Mrs Gemma Roberts

Internal Coach: Miss Dee Kitson

Team members: Miss Tegan Seddon, Mrs Danielle Rees, Miss Kristy Woolard, Mrs Meredith Webb, Mrs Julie Ricciardone, Mr Gavin Power

 

 

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School Psychologist

Woodlands Primary School has a visiting school Psychologist. The role of the School Psychologist is to assist in the improvement of learning outcomes for students by providing specialist consultation in the areas of counselling, education psychology and policy development. The School Psychologist is available one day per week. Enquiries regarding as to access to this service can be made by contacting your child’s classroom teacher.

 

School Chaplain

A School Chaplain currently visits Woodlands Primary School one day a week.

School chaplains make a valuable contribution to the social and emotional wellbeing of school communities across Western Australia. They do not promote a specific set of religious beliefs, instead they provide support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spiritual issues, and help students engage with the broader community. Chaplains respect, accept and are sensitive to other people’s views, values and beliefs and they are part of our school’s pastoral care team.  The chaplain is another adult that students can approach to discuss issues or just to have a chat.

Enquiries regarding how to access this service can be made by contacting the school office on 9416 9800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

School Values

The students at Woodlands Primary School are expected to follow the four values of Belonging, Possibilities, Respect and Humanities. We have mascots called “The Woodlandians” that embrace these four values and encourage the students to do the same. More information on our values can be found on our website in the ‘Positive Behaviour Support Program’ section.

 

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A World of Opportunity

Chorus:        

We’re Woodlands and we’re proud to wear the green shirt on our chest.
Belonging to this mighty school we’ll rise above the rest.
We see the possibility with the values we believe,
Respect (respect) humanity, will guide us when we leave (Woodlands)

Verse 1:

Stand tall, if you fall pick yourself up, put your back against the wall
And face your fear for help is near,
You’ll never know courage if you haven’t shed a tear.

Verse 2:

Don’t tempt fate, watch your mate, be patient, sometimes wait,
But when you go, let them know don’t spectate, be a part of the show!

 

Written by Steve Robinson


A Nyoongar translation of our school song

We’re Woodlands and we’re proud to wear the green shirt on our chest
Gnulluk boorna boodjera gnulluk moorditj bhooka gnulla ngoornt

Belonging to this mighty school we’ll rise above the rest
Ngannilak nitja moorditj kuttadjin yira yira koorl ngoondiner

We see the possibility with the values we believe
Gulluk djinoong yew murdo ang wa-rda

Respect (respect) humanity, will guide us when we leave (Woodlands)
Wardagadak moortak ciurcacolin gnulluk koorliny boorna boodjera 

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Making Payments to the School 

There are a three ways you can pay for the various school fees including voluntary contributions, excursions, incursions and online learning programs like mathletics and reading eggs!

 

1. Direct Debit via your bank account

You can make a payment to the school by making a direct transfer of funds from your bank account into the school's bank account.  

Our school's account details are:

Account Name: Woodlands Primary School
BSB: 016334
Account Number: 340869212

Please place your child's surname and initials in the reference. 

 

2. By EFTPOS at the front office

You can make a payment by coming into the front office with your credit/debit card.  

 

3. By CASH to your classroom teacher

Bring your cash to school in an envelope for your child’s teacher clearly marked with your child’s name, classroom, amount and the event/purpose for the enclosed money. Don’t forget to also include the completed permission form/slip if required. With a few exceptions, cash payments need to go to the child’s teacher so payment and permission can be recorded in the class money book and NOT directly to the office. 

 

** DON'T FORGET**
Even if you pay online or at the office, if there is a permission form or payment slip attached to the event/item, this still needs to be completed and returned to your class teacher, so they can record you have paid for the event and that your child has permission to attend.

 

Did You Know?

When you pay by direct debit online, EFTPOS at the office or by cash, you can ‘bundle’ your payments for one or several events and/or children? For example…

  • You can pay for an outstanding excursion, mathletics, plus the schools voluntary contribution all in one amount.
  • If you have more than one child, you can pay for all your children’s contributions, plus an excursion fee relating to a specific child, all in the one transaction.

Just make sure you put the student’s surname and initials in the reference if paying online. 

 

Download Contributions and Charges For 2017

 


Making Payments to the P&C

There are also three ways you can make payments to the Woodlands Primary School P&C.

 

1. Direct Debit via your bank account

You can make a payment to the P&C by making a direct transfer of funds from your bank account into the P&C's bank account.

The P&C's account details are:

Account Name: Woodlands Primary P&C
BSB: 016334
Account Number: 340959357

Please place your eldest child’s full name as a reference

 

2. By EFTPOS at the front office

The front office can also accept credit/debit card payments for the P&C. 

 

3. BY CASH to the locked P&C cupboard in the office.

Place an envelope with the correct money and the following information on it, into the locked P&C cupboard in the office. 

  • The event/purpose for the money enclosed e.g. Uniform Shop, Voluntary Contribution, Bogan Bingo
  • Your name and contact details
  • Your children's names and years

 

The Woodlands Primary School P&C voluntary contribution for 2017 is $75 per child or $150 per family,. The P&C Voluntary Contribution is one of the major ways the P&C raises funds to purchase items for our children. Some of the items the P&C has funded in the past are the resurfacing of the courts, the ropes playground, new English reading resources, new Science equipment like Beebots and Edison Robots, the School Mosaic and Orchard. For a full list of recent purchases, please refer to This Years Budget.

We thank you in advance for your contribution.

 

 

Woodlands Primary School has a diverse team of dedicated staff, committed to meeting the learning needs of primary school aged students across a wide range of Australian Curriculum areas.

The school has a positive environment that attracts a range of staff from outstanding new graduates through to excellent teachers with many years of experience. These committed teachers provide education across a range of programs including English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), Art, Music and Physical Education. Individual differences are provided for through an inclusive approach that caters for children with a variety of backgrounds and learning needs including Students at Educational Risk (SAER).

Please click here for a current list of staff at Woodlands Primary School.

 

Teacher Development School

One of Woodlands Primary’s key features is that it is a Teacher Development School for the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline in English and Science. In 2012, Woodlands became an inaugural Teacher Development School and has continued to reapply and be successful at holding on to this role. We will be reapplying at the end of 2017.

Effective teachers make the greatest difference to student learning. Research conducted by Joyce and Showers points out that there is only one way to increase the level of transfer above 10% and that is through adopting a collaborative approach to planning, observation, mentoring and coaching.

In teaching other teachers, Woodlands Primary School teachers’ are expected to have thorough knowledge of the Australian Curriculum to be at the top of their field.

By using a collaborative approach for professional development both within the school and for the external teachers we support, we significantly improve the effectiveness of our teachers who understand what they do, why they do it and why it works.

 

staff Mr Harris explaining uses for paper bark

Woodlands Primary School is located on Bentwood Avenue in Woodlands. We currently have an enrolment of 455 students.

The school strives to offer the very best facilities and environment for its students and staff.

The school has a school library, purpose built science, art and music classrooms, cooking/wet areas and a multipurpose undercover area, where the school gathers for assemblies and other school events. Along with classrooms for its Year 1-6 students, the school houses specially designated early childhood classrooms and play areas for its Kindy and Pre-Primary students.

A hallmark of Woodlands Primary School is the number of mature trees, which provide a peaceful and shady surrounds for our students to learn and play in.  Outdoor features include the school community vegetable garden, school orchard, outdoor classroom, the recently resurfaced school oval, playground equipment and a newly resurfaced quadrangle area complete with netball and basketball courts. These areas help to incorporate the schools focus on sustainability across the schools learning areas and in everyday life.

The school grounds are maintained by staff gardeners. A school Grounds Committee made up of staff and parents meet regularly to prioritise projects and to identify areas needing review and maintenance. If you have any suggestions, requests or feedback for the Grounds Committee to consider, please click here to submit your suggestion.

The school strives to offer a safe and inspiring learning environment for all of its students.

 

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School Board

The Board is formed with the fundamental purpose of enabling parents and members of the community to engage in activities that are in the best interests of students and enhance the education provided by the school.

The Board is comprised of 4 Parents, 1 P&C Representative, 2 Teachers, 2 Community Members and the Principal. The Board meets twice per term.

The Chairperson is school parent Sandra Law and the Deputy Chairperson is parent Greg Robinson.

Other members include Parent Representatives Cally Davidson and Monique Wesley, P&C Representative Claire Burt, Staff Representatives Sofia Delios and Marisa Phoebe and Community Members Paul Bailey and Liz Hurst.

The Board

  • establishes and reviews the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions.
  • assists in the planning and ratification of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and general policy directions.
  • contributes to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan.
  • evaluates the school’s performance in achieving its objectives, priorities and general policy directions.
  • formulates the codes of conduct for students at the school.
  • endorses and reviews the annual budget.
  • approves appropriate dress code for students.
  • promotes the school in the community.
  • has a panel member in the selection of the school Principal.

The role of a School Board is outlined in the School Education Act 1999. In essence, the role of a School Board is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal. It is about providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.

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The 2017 Woodlands Primary School Board 
L-R  Sofia Delios – Staff Representative, Robyn Blekkenhorst – Staff Representative, Monique Wesley - Secretary, Liz Hurst - Community Representative, Greg Robinson – Deputy Chairperson, Sandra Law - Chairperson, Gavin Power - Principal, Paul Bailey – Community Representative, Cally Davidson – Parent Representative, Claire Burt – P&C Representative (not pictured)

 

Parents and Citizens Association (P&C)

The main purpose of the P&C is to support the school for the benefit of all students. The Woodlands Primary School P&C consists of enthusiastic parents, staff and other interested community members who contribute their ideas and skills to the school in a variety of different ways.

All parents are encouraged to become members of the P&C as it offers parents the opportunity to be aware of what is happening in the school and what is being discussed by the parents so they can contribute if they wish. The more opinions we have, the more rounded and helpful our combined suggestions, ideas and visions will be to the school community. To help facilitate this interaction members are emailed regular updates and occasional surveys about issues that have been raised. We also encourage parents to send ideas and comments to our email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A well supported P&C meets in the school library on Monday of Week 3 and Week 7 of each term commencing at 7.30pm.  A $1.00 annual membership fee applies to all voting members.

You can find out more about the P&C, including who is on the committees at our P&C About Us page.   

Grounds Committee

The purpose of the Grounds Committee is to identify ways to improve the school grounds for aesthetic or amenity reasons. It is made up of the School Principal and representatives from the school Board, parent body and school staff.

The Grounds Committee terms of reference are as follows:

  • The purpose of the Grounds Committee is to identify ways to improve the school grounds for aesthetic or amenity reasons.
  • The Board is to oversee the Grounds Committee
  • The Board representative is to chair the meetings.
  • The output of the Grounds Committee is to provide the School Board with a prioritised list of initiatives (with approximate costs) for consideration for inclusion in the yearly operational plans.

This list will be kept on the schools server and website.

The Board will consider funding source options (School and P&C) and provide the P&C with projected funding requests.

Major Items for 2017

Priority order Major items Budgeted Cost Funding P&C Funding School Approved/ expense to be incurred
 1 Garden & landscaping new transportable $3000   WIP$3000 2016
 2 Concrete floor and entry & exit paths $6350 ? RAC Grant $6350 2017 as funds permit
 3 Nature Play area $2500   $2,500 2017 as funds permit

Minor Items for 2017

Minor items Budgeted Cost Funding P&C Funding School
Sensory garden near Year 1 room $250   Heather Whitehead possible busy bee $250

 

Completed Major items list

Completed major items Budgeted Cost Funding P&C Funding School Date Completed Actual Cost to WPS
Extension limestone wall to water fountains $2,500   $2,500 Jun-2016 $2,500
Surface area west of U/C area $7,940   $7,940 Oct-2016 $7,940
Warakuna Water well $2,000   Grant? $2,000 Oct-2016 $2,000
Combination Basketball/Netball Goals one court only $4,200 $4,200   Dec-2016 $4,630
Plexipave Quadrangle $43,685 43,685   Jan-2017 $43, 685
Run water line to quadrangle garden area $2,000   $2,000 Dec-2016 $2,450
Pave walkway N-W entrance $1,450   $1,450 Jan-2017 $1,450
Bike shed enclosure fence, gates entry and exit paths $5,330   $5,330 Jan-2017 $5,330
Replacement of 4 Basketball backboards, hoops and metal nets $3442 Donation from Woodlands Warriors $0   May-2017 $0

 

Completed Minor items list

Completed minor items Budgeted Cost Funding P&C Funding School Date Completed Actual cost to WPS * denotes volunteer contribution
Cut edge limestone kerbing $50     1/08/2016 *$0
Removal of fridges $100     12/07/2016 *$0
Letterbox slab $50     1/08/2016 *$0
Mulch to NPGA $0     25/09/2016 *$0
Paint Netball/Basketball posts $350     4/06/2017 *$169.63

Suggestions welcome please!

If you have any suggestions, requests or feedback for the Grounds Committee to consider, please click here to submit your suggestion.

The suburb of Woodlands was first developed in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

Opened in February 1964, the school started with an enrolment of only 53 students under the leadership of Head Mistress Dorothy Rushton. During this time parents and teachers fought a successful battle to retain as many trees as possible, and their wisdom and foresight, has provided the present school with a delightfully picturesque and shady environment.

 

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From the original two room structure of 1964, which is currently Room 1 and 2, the school has expanded. In 1975, when a peak enrolment of 609 students was reached, there were 14 classrooms and 3 transportable classrooms in use.

In 1976 Pre Primary classes commenced in an “off-site” location in Tamarisk Way and in 1993 they were located back to the school site. In 2006 Kindergarten classes commenced.

 

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In 2008 the school library building was opened. In 2010 a purpose-built art room and 3 classrooms were constructed under the Commonwealth Government’s ‘Building the Education Revolution’ financial stimulus project.

Woodlands Primary School became an Independent Public School in 2011 resulting in the school rebranding to reflect its new direction in 2012. The school motto was changed from ‘Endeavour’ to ‘A world of opportunity through the power of learning’, with the values of humanity, belonging, possibilities and respect being adopted. The logo and school song was changed to reflect this new direction.

In 2014 Woodlands celebrated its 50th Year and as a part of the celebrations the schools community orchard was designed, planted and opened in November.

In 2015 the ‘all school community mosaic’, reflecting our school values, was constructed by all 470 students, teachers and many parents.

In 2016 our Year 6 students transformed the vegetable garden watertank and signage into the Warakurna Waterwell alongside Aboriginal artist Deborah Bonar.  A new transportable was located next to the library in December ready for the beginning of 2017.

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Our Values

 

The Woodlandians live in and around our school and proudly represent our values.