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.

Woodlands students have the benefit of being able to access a fully resourced school library.

Opening hours

The school library is open from 8.30 am – 3.30 pm Monday, Wednesda and Thursday.

It is also open at lunchtimes from 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for students.

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Our Library Officer is Mrs Maria Neumann.

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 Mrs Maria Neumann Library Officer



PP – Year 1 students are allowed to borrow 2 books per week.

Year 2 – Year 6 students are allowed to borrow 4 books per week.

Book bags are required for borrowing – we lend bags to students who forget their own and ask that they are returned at the next classroom borrowing session.

Holiday borrowing is allowed if students have no overdues and bring their own library bag


Class Library Sessions

Each class visits the library once a week to give students a chance to return and borrow library books.

Lost and damaged books

Every chance is given to students to find their lost library books. In the case that they cannot be found, please talk to Mrs Neumann, who will advise on the cost of replacing lost books. Parents have the choice to either replace or pay for the lost books. Payment can be made by card in the school office or by direct transfer into the school bank account (please advise the office/Mrs Neumann by email if paying by this method). In the event books are found at a later date, paid monies are refunded.

Water damaged books are the library’s biggest challenge and students will be asked to replace or pay for damaged books.


Book club

Book club is run by the parents and ordered and paid for online with a debit/credit card. 

When book club magazines are distributed please take the time to look through them wiht your child. All orders support our school library.

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 Please encourage your children to use our wonderful library!

 Our Library's history

Please click here to read about the opening of our library in 2008.


"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.

Laura O'Hara

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Principal Mrs Laura O'Hara

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.



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.



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, Connect, parent representative meetings each term and regular Parents and Citizens meetings.

School Newsletter

For the latest copies of our school newsletters click here

Connect for Parents

For detailed instructions on how to use Connect for Parents, please click here

School Communication Policy

For a copy of our 'School Communication Policy and Protocols for dealing with enquiries, concerns and complaints' document, please click here

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, Japanese, Visual Art and Physical Education


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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



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. 

Science Sub-Strand for Term 2, 2020

In Science, this term, PP-Year 6 are learning about Biological Sciences. The Science Understandings we are investigating are: 


Living things have basic needs, including food and water.

Year 1 

Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their needs are met.

Year 2

Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves.

 Year 3

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things.

Year 4

Living things have life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive

Year 5

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.

Year 6

The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment.



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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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Japanese is taught by specialist Japanese teacher Mr Courtney Jones to Years 3, 4 and 5 at Woodlands Primary School in 2020. In 2021 Japanese will be taught from Year 3 to Year 6.

With Tokyo hosting the upcoming Olympic Games, a major part of the learning at the moment is Olympic themed.

The teaching curriculum includes the following content.

Year 3

  • Exchanging greetings and introductions. Examining geographical and cultural points of interest in Japan 
  • Following classroom routines in Japanese including following classroom instructions & sharing information about oneself and basic manners.
  • Comparing Japanese language to English and looking at the three different scripts of Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.

Year 4

  • Exchange greetings and interact with the teacher and peers to exchange information about self, family, friends, favourite things, likes and dislikes using simple language and gestures. Interpret and explain simple interactions in Japanese
  • Follow teacher instructions and directions by responding to questions and requests, and use simple questions and statements to ask permission.Understanding the language system, including sound, writing and some grammar. Understand that Hiragana symbols can be combined to represent words. Recognise the systematic order within the Hiragana character set, commence Hiragana script writing and recognise and write frequently used Kanji

Year 5

  • Interact with peers and the teacher to describe aspects of daily life such as routines and pastimes, or celebrations and special days; to express preferences; and to show interest in and respect for others.
  • Participate in everyday classroom activities and routines such as asking how to say or write something; asking for help or repetition; praising or complimenting one another; thanking; apologising; and expressing preference.
  • Listen to, read and view different imaginative texts such as anime, folk stories and manga. Describe and give opinions about characters and events, and identify cultural elements.
  • Recognise some single and whole word Katakana and continue to develop the ability to use Hiragana and Kanji in a single text.

 Physical Education

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The Health and Physical Education curriculum at Woodlands Primary School offers students an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active.

Our PE program provides opportunities for students to develop, enhance and exhibit attitudes and values that promote a healthy lifestyle and to contribute to building healthy, safe and active communities.

In Year K-2 FMS is the focus through explicit teaching and fun games to enhance the experiences. Locomotor and non-locomotor skills such as rolling, balancing, sliding, jogging, running, leaping, jumping, hopping, dodging, galloping and skipping plus object control skills such as bouncing, throwing, catching, kicking, striking are taught and developed as the fundamentals of future sports learning.

In Year 3-4 our students are taught sports related skills through a variety of different sports and skills. An introduction to game sense, developing greater proficiency of movement across a range of skills and applying these with confidence and competence to a variety of physical activities is the goal. Students are taught to include others in all activities and how to recognise the consequences of personal and team actions, responding appropriately to ensure fair participation for all.

In Year 5-6 our students further develop and extend previously learned skills through a variety of sports. Our students are guided further into game sense experiences and understandings. The focus of the PE program moves from development to refinement, consolidation and greater proficiency across a range of specialised skills, strategies and tactics in game situations and movement challenges. They focus on improving skill selection and awareness of body position in relation to objects, other people and space, in offensive and defensive contexts.

Major Events on the PE Yearly Planner.

Term 1-Faction and Interschool Swimming.

Term 2-Faction and Interschool Cross Country plus Eagles Cup Interschool Sports(Netball, Soccer and AFL).

Term 3-Faction and Interschool Athletics, including Jumps and Throws Day.

Term 4-Interschool Cricket.

Friday Senior Sport-Year 4-6 Students develop skills for a variety of team sports.




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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. 

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. Woodlands PS is a "Water Wise", "Waste Wise", "Sun Smart" and a "Crunch and Sip" school. We also support Walk/Ride to School days.

Visual Art


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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, Library, Office, Mosaic and other murals on walls,water tanks and First Nations inspired art around our garden areas.

Through the Artist in Residence programs, Art Gallery and Festivals (Perth International Arts Festival, Scribblers Festival), 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 Kagan 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.

 Our Specialist Teachers 

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 Top photo: from left to right - Mrs Lynette Martin Specialist Science Teacher, Mrs Danielle Rees Specialist Music Teacher, Mr Courtney Jones Physical Education and Japanese Teacher. 

Individual Photo - Mrs Nicky Zissiadis Specialist Art Teacher

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.

For the Positive Behaviour Program Parent Information Handbook please click here

For the Woodlands Good Standing Policy please click here

For some wonderful resilience resources please click here

PBS Team Members

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From left to right: Mrs Danielle Rees, Miss Sam Palmer, Mrs Meredith Webb, (back) Mrs Laura O'Hara, (front) Mrs Kristie Ottiger, Miss Dee Kitson, Mr David Todd, MIss Eunice Tan

Absent: Mrs Julie Ricciardone, Chaplain Philly Lumby and School Psychologist Miss Sarah McLean


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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.

YouthCARE Chaplaincy in State Schools provides and integral role in meeting the needs of children.  The Chaplain works to build relationships with students, families and staff to be available to:

Offer pastoral care

Act as  a mentor

Provide a link between the school and the local community

Be a positive role model within the school.

Referral Process:

On occasions, staff may feel that it would be helpful to refer children to the Chaplain.  Parental permission is always required before proceeding with a referral.

 Parents may also request that their child see the Chaplain. 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.  

 If a parent has a concern about their child and would like to meet the chaplain, feel free to call or email the school to schedule an appointment.

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


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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Contribution and Charges Breakdown for 2022

Under the provisions of the Education Act 1999, it is a requirement of schools and School Boards to indicate to parents all likely educational expenditures for the coming year.  School contributions and charges are comprised of three elements:  Voluntary Contributions, School Charges and Items for Personal Use.


The Woodlands Primary School Voluntary Contribution is $60.00 per child. 


SCHOOL CHARGES are the accumulated cost of your child participating in activities and events as they arise.  This is not an upfront payment, rather an indication to you of the maximum possible amount you may anticipate being charged.  You will only incur these charges if and when you child participates in the activities. A variety of payment options will be offered at the beginning of next year. Click on the link below for a schedule of Charges for each year level. The figures listed are an estimation of the maximum possible cost based largely on amounts paid by parents and receipted by the school over the last few years.


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 

** Please note that from September 2021 we have new bank account details as follows**

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: 066 040
Account Number: 19904445

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. 


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. 

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 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.

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 the 2021 list of current staff at Woodlands Primary School.

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Our Kindy Staff

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Our Kindy teachers are  - Mrs Fleur Wallwork Kindy A Red, Mrs Belinda Brady Kindy B Blue, Mrs Shellie Carter Kindy C Green/PP1 teacher

Our Pre-Primary Staff 

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From Left - Right: Mrs Wendy Murray PP3 teacher, Mrs Shellie Carter K/PP1 & Miss Dee Kitson PP2 teacher

 Our Education Assistants


 Belinda and Marie kindy teacher and EA    Jo and Kristy EAs 2018

 Above - Left photo from left to right. Miss Maree Mains Education Assistant and Mrs Belinda Brady Kindy Blue teacher. Right photo from left to right.Education Assistants Mrs Jo Kuster and Miss Kristie Ottiger.

Our Year 1 teachers

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 Mrs Brylie Sanders, Miss Eunice Tan and Miss Jess Hunt

Our Year 2 teachers

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 Miss Jess Hunt, Miss Natalie Howard and Miss Holly Miles

Our Year 3 teachers

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Mrs Meredith Webb, Mrs Claire Keenan and Miss Ali Collins

Our Year 4 teachers

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Samantha Palmer Room 12, Gemma Roberts Room 13 Mon, Tues & Wed, Stacey Brown Room 13 Thurs - Friday

 Our Year 5 teachers

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Mrs Damien Harbison and Mr David Todd

 Our Year 6 teachers

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Marc Drayton, Julie Ricciardone and Beth McNally

Our Specialist Teachers 

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From left to right - Mrs Lynette Martin Specialist Science Teacher, Mrs Danielle Rees Specialist Music Teacher, Mr Courtney Jones Physical Education and Japanese Teacher.

Individual Photo - Mrs Nicky Zissiadis Specialist Art Teacher


Our Library

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 Mrs Maria Neumann Library Officer

Our Positive Behaviour Support Team (PBS)

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Standing from L to R - Mr Gavin Power, Mrs Meredith Webb, Miss Samantha Palmer, Mrs Diana Pitsonis, Mr David Todd

Sitting from L - R - Miss Dee Kitson, Mrs Danielle Rees and Miss Kristy Woolard


Our Administration Staff

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Principal Mrs Laura O'Hara

Deputy Principal Mrs Marisa Phoebe

Deputy Principal Mrs Sarah McCormick

Manager of Corporate Services Mrs Amanda Wright

School Officer Mrs Carole Linn

School Officer Ms Genevieve Fitzpatrick


Woodlands Primary School is located on Bentwood Avenue in Woodlands. We currently have an enrolment of 440 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.

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

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.

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

Suggestions welcome please!

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


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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 Community Member,  2 school representatives and the Principal. The Board meets twice per term.

The Chairperson is school parent Cheryl Gambrill.

Current members also include Parent Representatives Sacha Burbridge, Annabel Pizzata and Daile Cross, staff representatives Marisa Phoebe and Ali Collins, Community Member Reuchlin Teo and the Principal, Laura O'Hara.

The current secretary (ex officio) is school officer Genevieve Fitzpatrick.

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.

 Policy Documents

2020 - 2022 Business Plan

2019 Annual Report 

Woodlands School Constitution

School Education Act 1999     

School Councils Policy  


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.

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

Suggestions welcome please!

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

Click here for a list of Current and Completed Works - 2018 onwards

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.

 Link: New library honours Woodlands Primary School stalwart

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.

JPG Mosaic Post article 21 November 2015


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.

 history watertank Deb girls progress shot


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