What makes SPW different to other primary schools?
We believe in giving students an education which is both joyful and enlightening. We focus on building a strong and mutually supportive school community which comprises all staff, parents and students working in partnership.
Do my children have to be taught about Christianity?
Yes. SPW is an Anglican school that believes in teaching Christian principles. We also teach students about other religions.
Does SPW receive government funding?
Yes, like all independent schools we receive government funding support which supplements the fees parents pay. Our level of funding is SES score 107.
How big is SPW?
In 2015 there were 180 students enrolled in The Early Learning Centre and 630 students from Reception to Year 7.
How big are the classes?
We are committed to modest class sizes to ensure every student receives individual attention. Early learning classes range from 10 to 20 students. Reception to Year 2 have maximum classes of 22 students. Year 3 to Year 7 classes are between 26 and 28 students.
How many staff?
In 2014 there were 41.2 full time equivalent teachers and 21.2 full time equivalent school assistants.
What do students learn at SPW?
Meeting the requirements of the Australian Curriculum the children learn English, Mathematics, Languages, Science, Geography, History, Health and Physical Education, Technology and the Arts. The Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate is taught from Early Learning to Year 5, with the Year 6 and 7 students also learning through inquiry in all learning areas of the Australian Curriculum, including, Media Arts, Design and Technology.
Do you teach languages?
Yes, we teach German and Japanese as a core part of the curriculum.
What is the International Baccalaureate?
SPW offers the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate from Early Learning to Year 5. The International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation, offering four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 to help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, the IB currently works with 3,676 schools in 146 countries to develop and offer programs to over 1,139,000 students.
If my child is gifted will they receive extra support?
Yes. Our Learning Support program provides accelerated learning opportunities for gifted children.
If my child has learning difficulties will they receive extra support?
Yes. The Learning Support program is also designed to focus on areas of learning difficulty and provide additional one-on-one coaching and support.
Which sports are offered at SPW?
We offer education and training in Athletics, Cricket, Tennis, Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Gymnastics, Netball, Rugby, Dance, Swimming, Volleyball, Cross Country and Basketball. SPW participates in SAPSASA competitions.
Can my child learn music at SPW?
Yes. Musical education includes curriculum music from Reception onwards. Extra curricular music includes school choirs, musicals, school band and ensembles. Private tuition is also available in a range of instruments including piano, guitar, drums, violin, voice, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.
How much are the school fees?
SPW fees cover all compulsory school activities including excursions, camps. Music and sports tuition cost extra. For full details please visit the Fees page.
What age do students start at SPW?
The Early Learning and Centre accepts enrolments from children aged 2 years. Reception students need to turn 5 by April 30 to start at the beginning of the school year. Children who turn 5 after April 30 will start the following year.
Are there restrictions on enrolments?
No, any child can be enrolled at SPW. Like most independent schools there are waiting lists for entry to most year levels, although this can change and prospective parents should enquire early and put their child’s name down to be offered future vacancies.
How can I get involved in the school?
We encourage parents and grandparent participation – through our Parents and Friends Association or as a volunteer. Volunteers assist with canteen, in the library, in class reading programs, art and craft, sports, camps and excursions. All volunteers must have a National Police Clearance.
Is there an out of school care program?
Yes, we offer Before and After School and Vacation Care provided by Camp Australia.