Our school

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East Maddington Primary School is situated in Maddington on a 3.91 hectare site which includes a Child and Parent Centre, a Language Development Centre and a Dental Therapy Unit. The school includes two primary classroom blocks, four purpose built Early Childhood classrooms, a purpose built kitchen, a Kitchen Garden, Library, Computer Room, Music Room, Canteen, two covered assembly areas and a uniform shop. In 2015 the school comprised of 12 primary classrooms, two Pre-primary classes and two Kindergarten classes. About 80 students attend the on-site Language Development Centre.

The student population at East Maddington Primary School includes students from around 16 non English speaking backgrounds with at least thirty languages other than English spoken at home. Student numbers have stabilised at around 380.

The Western Australian Government has committed $48.7 million to establish 16 purpose-built Child and Parent Centres on selected public school sites throughout the State and East Maddington Primary School was selected to host one of these new centres.  The school welcomes the opportunity of working closely with the Child and Parent Centre in supporting families and their children from our immediate community as well as through our nearby schools and their communities. The Child and Parent Centre coordinator, appointed by Centre Care, began working on site in 2014 and the building was completed in 2015 and is now fully operational.

Families with young children (birth to 8 years) will have easier access to coordinated early learning, maternal, health, developmental and parenting support services and programs for their young children during these busy and important formative years.  More detailed information about the Child and Parent Centre East Maddington can be accessed through the Department of Education website at www.education.wa.edu.au

Vision

To work together as a community to support the health, well-being, academic and social successes of our students.

Our school motto

‘Together Inspire Respect’.

Mission

To expand our students’ minds through inspiration and engaged learning.

Logo

Agonis flexuosa (Peppermint Willow), ‘agonis’ meaning ‘meeting place’.

Learning Programs

Classroom First ‘Focus 2015’ and individual Case Management and target setting directed our planning and a wide variety of programs implemented to cater for all student needs. Targeted resource deployment is enabled through the implementation of the new Student Centred Funding Model.  All Phase 1 aspects of the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science and History are fully implemented across the school.

Specialist Programs: Literacy, Numeracy, English as an Additional Language/Dialect, Music, LOTE: Indonesian, Physical Education and Kitchen Garden.

New initiatives in 2015

  • Completion of the new Child and Parent Centre and Official Opening
  • $2.5m injection of funding over three years from the Nyoongar Well Being and Sports Association to provide a homework class called the ‘Young Achievers’ Klub’ and lunch time games called Nyoongar Sports
  • Child and Parent Centre Workshops
  • Kindergarten on site for the first time
  • Pilot school for ‘National Quality Standards’ leading to the school becoming accredited
  • Play based learning trials in Early Childhood
  • English lessons for parents
  • Minor works upgrades: Pre-primary repainted and new furniture purchased
  • New signage at the front and around the school
  • New Water Tank Mural
  • Implementation of the new Student Centred Funding Model.

Annual Highlights

  • NAIDOC Week
  • Harmony Day assembly, dress up and family picnic
  • Literacy and Numeracy Week
  • Book Week assembly dress up
  • Art Gallery and picnic day
  • EduDance concerts
  • Graduation and Presentation Assemblies
  • Fun Run and Cross Country
  • Sporting Carnivals: football, soccer, netball, softball, cricket, Cross Country, Faction and Interschool Athletics
  • Fortnightly class assemblies
  • Year 5/6 camp (biannual)

Other value adding programs at our school include:

  • Chaplaincy
  • Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)
  • PAThS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies)
  • Guided Reading
  • Clever Talk
  • MultiLit, Minilit
  • Reading Eggs
  • Breakfast Club
  • Swimming lessons
  • Numero and Have Sum Fun Online Competitions
  • KidsMatter and Kids Council Meetings
  • Guitar lessons
  • Gosnells Youth Program and Upbeat
  • Sporting Schools.

The school has continued the planned improvement of ICT through the purchase of iPads, and Interactive Whiteboards are now positioned in every teaching area in the school. The computer laboratory is upgraded each year and the whole school standard operating system (SOE) has been upgraded to SOE4.

Our Early Childhood team continues to lead in the implementation of the ‘National Quality Standards’ for Early Childhood Education. A focus is the continued improvement of outdoor play areas and learning through play. A 0-4 year old playgroup continued to expand with support from the ‘Early Years Learning’ grant and meets twice a week.

Strong links continue to be developed with our school community. Our very successful NAIDOC and Harmony Weeks, and the Art Gallery picnic days have become very popular and well supported annual events.

Our school participates in the Southern River Sports Association Interschool Winter and Summer Carnivals and our choir also participates in festival events.

The school is supported by an active Parents and Citizens Association and School Council. School improvement and positive community engagement are fostered through regular meetings and active parent participation.