Principal's Message

Welcome to Ardross Primary School

Ardross Primary School is Western Australia’s “Science School of the Year – 2009”.  Our motto is “Motivate - Educate - Celebrate”. We strive to support and develop enthusiastic students and instil in them a love of learning to help them reach their potential, both socially and academically, and to embrace and adapt to a changing world.

We accomplish this through:-

* supporting a dedicated and capable staff;

* maintaining a welcoming and supportive school community;

* developing a collaborative environment for all;

* providing a diverse, inclusive and innovative curriculum; and

* developing and maintaining contemporary resources and facilities.

 

School Background

Ardross Primary School was established in 1961. The school offers an educational program for 448 children aged between 4 and 12, from Kindergarten to Year Seven. Our students are known as inclusive, eager and conscientious. They are well cared for, very well behaved and are regularly attired in school uniform. Ardross is recognised for its strong, dedicated and professional staff. The majority are very experienced, with most having taught for 15 or more years. A variety of high quality student centred teaching-learning approaches operate within the school, with high expectations set for achievement and conduct.

The school employs teachers in a specialist capacity in Visual Arts, LOTE (Japanese), Phys Ed and Music. Students have access to a school choir, strings orchestra and instrumental Music programs. Student academic performance data indicates a very high level of achievement across all learning areas. Students perform well above the state average in the National Literacy and Numeracy Assessments as well as State Monitoring Standards testing in Science and Society and Environment.  Teacher judgments and moderation activities see approximately 80% of students achieving A and B levels.

 

Ardross has received recognition at world, national and state levels for excellence in the development of students’ thinking skills, positive attitudes and practical steps towards sustainability. In 2008, Ardross was highly commended in the Water Corporation Awards for “Management of Water Resources”, won the Fremantle-Peel Education District’s Award for “Excellence and Innovation” for water conservation projects and 8 students gained entry into the Gifted and Talented secondary extension program. Ardross students also came first in both the State and National levels of the prestigious Future Problem Solving competition. In 2009 at the “Future Problem Solving – International Conference" in USA, they placed 3rd. This was an amazing result against 50 world class teams. Ardross also won the state Sustainable Cities, Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s Award for “Waste and Litter Reduction”. These outstanding achievements reflect the excellence in skills, knowledge and attitudes across the school from Kindergarten to Year 7. This success is due to deliberate and thorough planning, teachers’ willingness to embrace best-practice pedagogy and technology, the input of parents and community members and the students’ enthusiasm and positive actions.

 

In 2009, the school focused on Higher Order Thinking Skills, E-Learning / SOCS and Environmental Sustainability as vehicles for improving students’ skills. In the WA Education Awards 2009, Ardross was the winner of the “Science School of the Year” category, sponsored by Exxon Mobil.  Ardross embraces all aspects of inclusivity. Our School Chaplain assists staff with pastoral care for students to ensure they are keen and enthusiastic to attend school. Additional resources are committed to students identified as being at educational risk in literacy and numeracy and we cater for a number of students with disabilities. Teachers are supported in providing appropriate programs for students with special needs through the appointment of a Learning Support Coordinator.

 

The school is fortunate to have a highly multicultural community. 47 cultural groups are represented by our students of whom 40% speak a language other than English at home. These students are supported by an ESL teacher and Education Assistants, who work across Ardross, Applecross and Mount Pleasant Primary Schools to support children in their acquisition of English skills.

The school has a well defined code of conduct and behaviour management plan that all staff follow. A whole school bullying intervention project - Friendly Schools Friendly Families works effectively across the school and is fully supported by our parent group. 

 

Students are fortunate to have access to quality playing areas including grassed lawns, a large oval, a covered assembly area and two basketball/netball courts. Our wonderfully innovative central adventure playground and Early Childhood playgrounds which promote interactive play were made possible by the fundraising conducted by the Parents and Citizens Association.

 

Ardross also has an extremely supportive parent group with keen parental aspirations which ensure healthy involvement of the very active P&C Association. Parent involvement is high in all facets of schooling, with the parents and community members providing excellent support for the school, including academic and social development as well as fundraising for a range of equipment and resources including the air conditioning, curriculum resources and outdoor facilities.

 

A School Board is elected annually, comprising 6 Parents, 4 Teachers and the Principal. This group provides a forum for parental or staff input into the major areas of community involvement in school policy and direction.  The school commands a healthy respect in educational circles, in the local community and has a reputation for being welcoming and supportive of all students' needs.