As one of the most formative periods in your child’s life, there’s no understating the importance of choosing the right primary school for your family.
Aside from wanting your child to feel happy, safe and secure, and able to take risks in a supported environment, primary school is a time for each child to pursue interests and discover unique strengths.
Our latest advertising campaign – where talent hides, we seek – is centred on this philosophy. But finding each child’s unique talent is no game for us – it’s our passion.
Here’s how we do it.
Specialists in primary teaching
Children spend a lot of time at school – 1 million hours each year. In one of the most formative stages of life, SPW’s primary years specialists are there to guide them every step of the way.
As an International Baccalaureate Organisation World School, SPW delivers the IBO Primary Years Program. This program fosters the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the world outside. Engagement in the IBO Primary Years Program ensures children are seeking answers to real world issues.
This inquiry approach, paired with the high value SPW places on developing individual social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual needs of children, means children are able to confidently pursue their unique interests and talents.
“Whether your child is two, eight or 12, we want all our students to learn to love learning,” explains SPW’s Principal, Chris Prance.
“In the Early Years program, we deliver a personalised curriculum, small group sizes and a flexible environment for families.
“In the Primary Years, students follow a concept driven, inquiry-based curriculum across all areas.
“At a critical developmental stage in their primary education, our innovative Year 6 and 7 Centre supports young adolescents to become well rounded and resilient – confident in making the transition to secondary school.”
“When teachers are well supported, they’re able to spend more time with each child to uncover individual strengths and interests,” says Chris.
At SPW, classroom teachers are supported by a team of Learning Support teachers and assistants, who help develop, plan and resource programs designed to enrich learning for everyone.
An initiative of the Learning Support team is The Hub, a centrally located space offering stimulating lunch time clubs and activities for all children. The library also offers a creative ‘Makerspace’ each lunchtime where children can challenge themselves with deliberatively designed creative activities.
SPW is proud of our commitment to fostering the social, emotional and academic success of students. Learning Support facilitates collaboration between parents, teachers and allied health professionals through integration of specialist services into the school environment.
“We work with internationally renowned educators, thought leaders and expert practitioners to continue to learn and innovate,” says Chris.
“Thanks to the support we provide our educators, SPW has become a school of choice for teaching staff, boasting a high retention rate of staff, both male and female.”
State of the art resources
SPW has modern teaching spaces, facilities and resources to support each child in their learning and development.
Students are supported to discover interests through engagement with our purpose built facilities including the multimedia suite with green screen, dance studio, design and technology studio, music suite, visual art rooms and food technology centre.
Children who love being outdoors can explore extensive play spaces and grounds, with three large grass playing fields along with multi-purpose outdoor and indoor court facilities.
SPW recently constructed a nature play space, and actively creates educational programs to encourage outdoor learning and exploration of the environment.
A range of extra-curricular activities
“While SPW’s focus is always on strong literacy and numeracy skills, we also offer a diverse and in depth extra- and co-curricular program,” says Chris.
“The range of activities on offer cater to unique interests and talents, and are well-supported with specialist teachers, including paid coaching staff and instrumental teachers.”
Sport plays a large part in the SPW community, teaching team skills, cooperation and discipline. From Reception upwards, children can take part in sports including dance, gymnastics, netball, football, cricket, tennis, Judo and basketball.
SPW also hosts Soccer and Netball Schools of Excellence which provide the opportunity for children to learn skills from some of Australia’s most experienced coaches.
For the creatively inclined, SPW has a strong extra-curricular arts program, from one-on-one instrumental and voice instruction to school choirs, outstanding school musicals involving students from R-7, school band and ensemble participation.
To help build your child’s confidence and citizenship skills SPW also offers Tournament of Minds, debating and public speaking, along with a strong Student Service program that incorporates leadership opportunities for students across multiple year levels.
Let us uncover your child’s unique talent.
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