Welcome to Castletown Primary School, a school of which you can be proud to send your child. We can assure you of optimum learning opportunities for your child and that your child will belong to a safe, nurturing and caring school. We welcome new parents and students, and are willing take time to conduct you around our facilities to give you an insight to our special, unique, rural school.
Our vision and practice aims to 'Inspire, Educate, Succeed' with all our students.
Castletown Primary is one of three Level 5 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 550 students from K-6. There are 340 families in the school. Approximately 15% of our children are bus children, travelling in from outlying rural hinterland. Seven buses serve the school. The remainder of the school population is typically urban with children from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Castletown prides itself on having a strong ethos of being an inclusive and caring and being a friendly community where everyone is valued and respected. Our Virtues program 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 standards of excellence and strive to achieve them.
Our school has a long tradition of being an excellent school providing challenging learning programs for all our students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to become confident independent learners. We are proud of our reputation in offering a variety of learning areas including specialist subject areas of music and physical education. PEAC students and those students who demonstrate academic talents are catered for through our innovative engaging programs of extension and challenge.
The school has curriculum priorities of Numeracy and Literacy as a focus. Particular emphasis and engagement has been in English, as a Teacher Development School over several years, leading professional learning and sharing with other schools across the network, region and State in the Australian Curriculum.
Our grounds are extensive, with two grassed ovals and synthetic turf areas, these providing significant space for children's play and sporting activities. A range of play ground equipment installed on the main oval in 2013 has added new opportunities for physical education skill development for our students.
Our modern school facilities include a new library and an undercover area, a science, music room and canteen.
2014 has seen the completion of three purpose built early childhood classes, which has provided enhanced opportunities with the space and design including multi media facilities and wet areas, for early childhood development .
Teachers at Castletown are a highly motivated professional team of teachers who work collaboratively in year level groups, cluster groups and whole school to improve the learning opportunities and student outcomes in the school. We have a hybrid mix of long serving and younger teachers who are committed and passionate about education for our students are responsive to new initiatives.
Parents of Castletown are very supportive partners of the school. Parents assist at many levels including helping children in the classrooms, being on committees such as canteen, uniform, social committee, Book Committee, School Council and P&C. The P&C is very active with fund raising in addition to being involved in educational matters. Thousands of dollars are raised annually to help supply quality educational resources to enhance our learning programs.
The School Council, which commenced in 1986, has contributed significantly to decisions on school development to enhance quality of education for our children. Consultative processes are used between parents and the school through the School Council meetings, to discuss School Improvement Planning and to make decisions on school priorities.