Our School Community

minister_opens_school Bannister Creek Primary School, 14km southeast of Perth, caters for approximately 530 children from Kindergarten to Year 7. Our near new state of the art school with 16 classrooms, 5 early childhood classrooms, a contemporary library resource centre, an art / science specialist room, music room and a fully enclosed sports undercover area will ensure that we are able to meet the challenges of education in the 21st century.

The school is fully air-conditioned providing a pleasant learning environment throughout the year. The school has a very strong focus on numeracy, literacy and science with whole school programs that offer contemporary learning opportunities for all students.

As an Independent Public School we have a teaching staff that readily adapts to change and is committed to improving the outcomes of all children. The teaching staff includes performing arts (music), a science education teacher, a physical education specialist, languages other than English (Mandarin) teacher, a specialist teacher to provide support with literacy, a teacher to provide support with information and communication technologies and a staff member to coordinate the Students at Educational Risk program. We also have a teacher dedicated to supporting students who have English as an additional language. Bannister Creek Primary School has a strong reputation for being a warm, caring and friendly school community where every child is treated as a highly valued individual.

Context

ICT

In August 2007 the then Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Mark McGowan, announced that a new school would be built on the current Lynwood Primary School site to replace Ferndale Primary School, Kinlock Primary School and Lynwood Primary School. As an interim measure the schools were amalgamated and placed at the former Ferndale Primary School site for the 2008 and 2009 school years.

In this transition period the staff, students and community members worked extremely hard to establish a new school community with a shared vision and ethos. During 2008 all staff worked tirelessly to establish the new school community. There is no doubt that there were challenges but with a collaborative approach obstacles were successfully overcome. Members of our school community made a huge contribution through the various decision making committees that were formed. In particular members of the P&C, the School Council and the Identity Committee did an outstanding job in supporting the development of our new school.

 

“A New Beginning”  –  Video presented at our Offical Opening in 2010

A highlight of 2010 was our official opening by the Hon Dr Elizabeth Constable MLA, Minister for Education. The Minister’s address was the culmination of this celebratory ceremony. This ceremony was an outstanding event that brought together people from all of the many sections that were involved in the building of the school.

2010 also saw the great work of our school affirmed by the Department of Education as we were granted Independent Public School status for the 2011 school year. This opportunity will afford our school flexibilities that will allow us to cater for our students in a more responsive manner.

Teacher Leadership

Bannister Creek operates with a very deliberate and structured, distributed leadership model. Teachers have leadership opportunities and there are leadership expectations through a range in roles across the school.
Enhanced school capacity is generated through school wide pedagogy and an aligned culture. The interaction between the Principal, Associate Principal, Deputy Principal and the teachers is crucial to the success of the school. It is very clear to the school community what Bannister Creek Primary School and its staff value and aspire to achieve.

Whole School Approaches

The staff at Bannister Creek PS is accountable for implementing whole school approaches in Literacy and Numeracy. All staff members are involved in ensuring that they are implementing meaningful plans with achievement targets. Whole school approaches are the backbone of the curriculum delivery and First Steps Literacy and Numeracy resources form the basis of the teaching and learning program. All whole school approaches commence in Kindergarten.

Innovation

Bannister Creek PS is committed to contemporary excellence and continues to seek new ways to enhance the educational program and provide increased opportunities for students to learn and staff to improve their professional knowledge and skills.

Information and Communication Technologies

Bannister Creek PS ensures that its students and teaching staff have access to a range of up to date information and communication technologies.

Every classroom in the school is equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard which teachers use to facilitate their lessons, especially in Mathematics and Language where a range of virtual manipulates and online resources are used.

The school has recently purchased 56 new notebook computers, housed on two transportable trolleys. These are timetabled for classroom use. Students are able to gain access to the internet and the school network through a fast and reliable wireless connection.

Our English as an Additional Language and Music Programmes makes expert use of a bank of iPads to expose our students to a range of applications designed to improve their skills and knowledge in these areas. A bank of 20 iPads has recently been purchased for our Early Childhood classes. Research has shown that strong gains can be made in the early years through the use of accessible, interactive technologies and educationally appropriate applications which build upon and extend the content covered in the classroom.