Waitara Public School is a growing school in the Hornsby School Education Area. There are approximately 950 students enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 6, including two Opportunity Classes. The school will be undertaking an upgrade of core facilities. This is a two year program. Students come from diverse language backgrounds with approximately 85% from language backgrounds other than English. There are 52 cultures represented within the school community, with Chinese, Indian, Korean and Sri Lankan the predominate groups.
There are approximately 60 school based personnel including executive staff, classroom teachers, specialist teachers, EAL/D, full time ICT coordinator, Teacher Librarian, School Counsellor, School Learning Support Officers, administrative staff and a general assistant.
Student achievements in NAPLAN assessments are outstanding, with a large percentage of students achieving in the top two bands in all areas.
School staff is enthusiastic and highly committed. The school enjoys a good mix of enthusiastic young teachers supported by highly skilled, experienced colleagues. A strong commitment to teacher professional learning is evident across all teaching teams. Staff are collegial and supportive.
Waitara is equipped with the technology to support 21st Century learners with a strong technology infrastructure that allows all students access to wireless hubs with a selection of devices. A continued focus will be staff professional development to increase ICT competency, differentiating the curriculum, Assessment and Social Emotional Learning.
Parents are valued and supportive of the school undertaking many roles.