Principal's Message

Welcome to Castletown Primary School, a school I know you will be proud to send your child to. We can assure you that your child will belong to a safe, nurturing and caring school, which caters for children of all abilities and backgrounds. We welcome new families and students, and will be proud to conduct you around our facilities to give you an insight to our special, unique, rural school.

 

Our vision of 'Inspire, Educate, Succeed' captures our aim and aspiration for all our students.

Castletown Primary is one of three government Primary Schools situated in the seaside town of Esperance 720 kms from Perth. Established in 1966 with a population of 139 students, the school now caters for 540 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. There are 340 families in the school. Approximately 15% of our children reside in outlying rural hinterland and travel to school by bus. The remainder of the school population is typically urban with children from a diverse range of backgrounds, including 12% Aboriginal students, a significant and valued part of our school community. 

Castletown Primary prides itself on being an inclusive, caring and friendly school community where everyone is valued and respected. The school retains a sense of history and tradition, blended with a view to contemporary education developments and the future needs of our students. Our School Expectations and Positive Behaviour Management policy encourages our students to have respect and concern for others and their rights. We have high expectations of our students and ourselves, set high standards of excellence and strive to achieve them.

Our school provides learning programs for all our students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to become confident independent learners. Students with special talents and gifts, and those of high academic ability, are catered for through our innovative, engaging programs of extension and challenge which we are currently working to expand. Those with learning difficulties and challenges are supported with intervention strategies within class and in small-group withdrawal. We offer specialist teacher programs in Music, Science, Physical Education, Technologies and Indonesian, which is our current Language.

The school has curriculum priorities in Numeracy and Literacy with the focus on embedding consistent whole-school approaches. Health and Well-being of all students and staff is also a current focus area, with several strategies being utilised to monitor and promote students’ physical and social-emotional well-being. Cultural Responsiveness has emerged as an important priority area, and the school is developing close links with Tjaltjraak, the local cultural custodians, to build our knowledge of local Aboriginal culture.

Castletown Primary is fortunate to have spacious grounds, with two grassed ovals and synthetic turf areas, providing plenty of space for children's play and sporting activities. A range of play equipment installed around the main oval in 2013 allows ample opportunities for physical education skill development for our students.

Our modern school facilities include a new library, covered assembly area, a science room, music room and canteen. Our covered assembly area was recently installed with a new carpet surface.


Teachers at Castletown are a highly motivated, professional team of teachers who work collaboratively in year level and phase-of-learning teams, to improve the learning opportunities and outcomes for our students. We have a mix of long-serving and less-experienced teachers who are committed and passionate about education for our students, and are responsive to new initiatives in contemporary education.

Parents and carers of Castletown students are very supportive partners of the school. Parents assist at many levels, including helping children in the classrooms and serving on various committees. The P&C is very active, providing a canteen service and a uniform shop to provide students with good quality school uniform items at reasonable cost. The P&C also raises thousands of dollars annually to help provide quality educational resources to enhance our learning programs. 

The School Board has provided governance, advice and support to the principal and school. Its role includes ensuring that the school has a three-year Business Plan with clear directions and strategies, targets to measure student achievement, and resource allocation which reflects the priorities set out in the plan. The Board also assists with the development of policies in relevant areas, and supports the provision and maintenance of quality facilities and buildings.

 

I trust that you will enjoy your association with Castletown Primary School, and hope that it not only meets your expectations, but exceeds them.

 

Mr David Vooght-Simpson

Principal

 


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