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Located 1½ hours south of Perth, Bunbury Primary School is situated in an area known as 'Tree Street Area'. The school has extensive, attractive, leafy grounds and trees surrounded by many distinctive early 20th Century homes, many of which have been restored to their original style.Only two minutes drive from the city centre and major beaches, the school's intake area also includes the newly developed Marlston Hill and Bury Hill developments.

Staff and students are hard working and an atmosphere of mutual respect, support, cooperation and friendliness is promoted. Over past years a number of staff have been nominated for, and received, 'Excellence in Teaching' Awards. All students have the opportunity to succeed at the highest level and are encouraged to take active roles in school and classroom leadership.

The school has a warm and welcoming community whose energy and enthusiasm can be seen throughout all school activities and functions.

Bunbury Primary School (formerly known as Bunbury Central School) opened in May 1895 at what is currently known as the Paisley Centre, named after the first headmaster, Mr Thomas W. Paisley. The school moved to its present site and opened on 12th February 1962. W Barrett & Son of Busselton built the school at a cost then of £66,685.

The three wings of the school each contain four classrooms and adjoin the service and administration block to form an “E” shaped building. All classrooms are air-conditioned.

A Library Resource Centre was added to the school in 1981 becoming automated in 1998.

The Pre Primary Centre, on the school site, was completed in 1989.

In 1999, a 4 Year Old Kindergarten programme commenced at the school. A purpose built 4 year old centre was opened in February 2001.

The school has undergone a renewal programme that saw its facilities upgraded through a building and re-construction process. This programme was known as "The Lighthouse Project" and was generated and supported by the school community with funding coming from the state and federal government.

Bunbury Primary School is a local area intake school. This means that primary aged children living within our intake area are guaranteed a placement and children living outside the area must apply for a position. Should there be available space and the school can provide an appropriate educational programme, an enrolment offer will be made.


School Ethos, Vision & Values

Ethos

At Bunbury Primary School we value the uniqueness of our children and acknowledge that they all have a range of qualities which enhance the school learning environment and contribute to the school culture. We try and weave this belief through all that we do.

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The Arts

Bunbury Primary currently boasts an extensive and very impressive Music and Visual Arts programmes. A specialist teacher is responsible for each of these areas. The school has a long tradition of Art and Music excellence and achievements. Students, supported by the school, have won many prestigious group and individual awards over a number of years.

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School Board

The Bunbury School Board plays a vital role in assisting the school to make decisions about school planning and policies. Bunbury Primary Schoo lBoard is very strong with a large proportion of the Board being made up of parents and a community member. The Principal and two staff representatives also form part of the Board.

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Parents' and Citizens' Association

The P & C Association plays an integral role in school activities and projects. These have included organising school uniform purchases and sales, assisting with the running of the library and canteen, contributing funds to support educational programmes and being involved in classroom educational learning programmes. The P&C have a very active and successful fund raising committee.

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Reporting

Reporting to parents and caregivers is seen as an essential part of the learning process. The school utilises various methods for reporting to parents including two formal written reports each year. A broad range of formal and informal oral and written communication strategies are also used throughout the year.

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Teaching and Learning

We acknowledge that students learn in many different ways and we have, as a consequence, developed strategies to identify multiple intelligences and learning styles. We value diversity and inclusive education for all students and believe that all students have the right to a quality education.

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Education for Sustainability

Our school promotes a range of activities geared toward developing student awareness of sustainable practices that all members of the community can become involved with.

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Student Leadership

Developing leadership capacity and potential in our students is viewed as important and underpins aspects of school programmes. Giving children opportunities to take responsibility and to lead others not only prepares them to play a role in the community but serves to develop positive attitudes and understandings.

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Students at Educational Risk (SAER)

The school provides support for students at educational risk, both underachieving and talented and gifted students. Where necessary, individual education plans (IEP) are developed by classroom teachers. These plans are designed to meet the individual needs of any student at risk.

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Additional Support Programmes

Where staffing allowances permit, the school offers teachers and children hands on support in the areas of literacy and numeracy. This time, when available, targets children at greatest risk across all year levels.

 
School Volunteers Programme

The School Volunteers Programme is a state-wide, privately funded project. For our school, it involves members of the greater Bunbury community mentoring children at school. As members the Programme, volunteers receive training and must have a police clearance in order to provide some oneon- one time with identified children. Where a child can be involved in this programme their parents are asked if they would like to access it and are kept informed. The school (with the help of the P and C) meets the costs associated with accessing this programme.

 
Competitions

Children in our school are encouraged to participate in a range of competitions at local, state and national levels. Participation is not compulsory and school-based support is provided wherever possible. Often a small fee for participating children is associated with these competitions.

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Interagency Collaboration

The school recognises its role in developing students and coordinates and communicates with relevant outside agencies to ensure that students have every support opportunity available to them to assist with their learning. The district education office also offers a support service to schools.

 
Out of School Care

Out of School care is provided on-site by the OSHClub. You can register your child/ren and book care times via their website.

www.oshclub.com.au

OSHClub is a family owned business absolutely dedicated to high the quality care of children. Our team is full of highly qualified and experienced professionals. We have over 20 years experience and run OSHClub programs at more than 180 schools across Australia.

Specifically, we run Before Care, After Care, Pupil Free Days and Vacation Care for Pre-School and Primary aged children.

Our motto is “Happy Children Learning” and there are loads of structured and unstructured activities on offer at every session. We also provide tasty healthy foods.

We've had some great people help us design the best possible programs and train our staff, including two of Australia’s leading experts in children’s services;

  • Professor Brian Caldwell
  • Kathy Walker

So you can be sure you’ll get fun and age appropriate activities at your school.

 
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Each primary classroom in the school has a bank of five computers. The banks of computers enable all classrooms to have access to email, Internet, library and curriculum servers. The pre-primary have two on line computers. Each classroom is able to share and access information, publish on the school intranet and have access to the library (using E-Library). Laser printers are available in different locations around the school with a coloured laser printer available for special projects.

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