Our school

Welcome to Waitara Public School and the beginning of a journey that will provide your children with a strong foundation for life-long learning.

Waitara Public School is an inspiring multi-cultural learning community with students from over fifty different cultural backgrounds.

Our students are confident, enthusiastic and happy. They thrive on learning in a safe and nurturing environment with outstanding professional and dedicated teachers who deliver quality teaching programs. Learning is engaging and fun at Waitara!

Our school has two Opportunity Classes which draw academically gifted and talented students from across the district.

The integration of technology into curriculum is a high priority. Teachers are leading the way having undertaken extensive computer skills professional learning. Every classroom and the computer centre is fully networked and equipped with an interactive whiteboard. State of the art video conferencing equipment links us with the global community. 2012/13 will see further advancement with the introduction of wifi enabling students to become increasingly connected with the use of laptops and ipads.

We have a strong student wellbeing focus with a wide range of programs in place to enhance the self esteem of students and ensure that Waitara is a safe and happy place to learn. Our focus on student leadership is evidenced in our Peer Support Program, Student Representative Council, Environmentally Friendly Society and Student Leadership Team.

We are proud of our school values programs that develop students' confidence, empathy and tolerance.
We articulate our school values through our program of Positive Behaviour, Engaging Learners;
the Waitara Way is RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, PERSONAL BEST.

Strong partnerships with the community and a supportive parent body working closely with staff contributes to our "Learning Community" culture.

We connect students' learning as much as possible to our natural environment. Sustainable principles are evident with solar panels, water tanks, composting, habitat protection in our regeneration area and secret garden. Learning opportunities abound with the cultivation of our vegetable and sensory gardens.

The handbook will answer many of your questions about the daily running of our school. It will also trigger in your mind other questions that may need to be discussed with members of staff. Feel free to contact us if we can be of further assistance.

I look forward to a productive and rewarding association with your family that will ensure the best for your children as they embark on their learning experiences at Waitara Public School.

Julie Webber
Principal