Walpole Primary School
Walpole is a small, rural school in a natural paradise, providing a rich curriculum that delivers project-based learning alongside explicit teaching and learning. Walpole PS, commenced as an Independent Public School in 2013 enabling the School community to have greater freedom and flexibility to make decisions about curriculum, student support, staff recruitment, financial management, governance and accountability.
Our school Vision and Purpose reflect our Motto, Nature, Culture, Future: local school, global perspective. We want Walpole PS students to be critical thinkers and life-long learners who can adapt to an ever-changing world. We hope to provide them with the social skills to be tolerant, accepting and collaborative while also striving for personal best. We endeavour to provide a worldly perspective, linked to local issues.
Teachers differentiate the curriculum and organize flexible groupings to enable our students to be the best they can be. Classroom teachers are very experienced and keep up to date with the latest research and best practice. Specialist teachers are employed for Musical Arts, Phys Ed and Science.
Our community-based programme, UR Walpole, began in 1996, and links students with the natural environment, their cultural heritage and their role in the future of the local area. Through collaboration and cooperation, teachers together with community members, select a focus of what to study in relation to the Community’s natural and cultural assets and current and future issues. This is valued by students as it enables them to have a purpose for their learning.
Special features of the school facilities include: sustainable gardens and water catchment tanks, orchard and vegetable gardens, chook pens, aquaponics, kitchen, nature playground and solar panels.
Walpole has provided brilliant beginnings for a number of its students. Our challenge is to develop enquiring minds and to provide a stimulating education environment where children are keen to learn. To enable this, the students also need effective literacy and numeracy skills.