Annual Report 2017
In February 2017, West Leederville Primary School was reviewed by the Department of Education Services (DES). The purpose of a DES review is to provide assurance to the principal and school community, the Board, the Director General of the Department of Education and the Minister for Education of the extent to which the school staff and Board have met the commitments of the Delivery and Performance Agreement. The review verifies the degree to which there are effective processes in place bringing about improved student learning.
The review concluded:
West Leederville Primary School leadership, staff and Board are actively and purposely engaged in improving student learning in a culture that values the individual, promotes positive relationships and seeks excellence from staff and students in a respectful and stimulating learning environment.
Staff are immersed in a reflective environment that values collaboration, consistency of practice and seeks improvement in pedagogy and innovation. Programs offered to students reflect challenge, high expectations and differentiation designed to meet student needs.
Leadership at the principal and executive level is highly focussed on achieving the best possible outcomes for students and their parents. They have established, supported and fostered strong leadership within the school to enable staff engagement in decision-making that impacts on classroom planning for improvements and maintains the links to achieving the outcomes from the school’s planning.
The level of parent engagement with the school is highly positive and supportive. The school Board has a high profile and is diligent and knowledgeable in carrying out its functions regarding the oversight of school performance and in representing its community in decision making.
(The full report can be viewed on our school website www.wlps.wa.edu.au)
As professional educators our challenge is to build upon our strengths and to continue to improve. As stated in the Department of Education Strategic Plan – High Performance, High Care “the impact of highly effective teaching is cumulative, even relatively modest increases in effectiveness can make big differences to students’ learning”. At West Leederville Primary School we call this the one percent approach. If we do one hundred things, one percent better, we will have a significant impact on outcomes for our students. Every day as we plan and teach our lessons, observe and give each other feedback and make management decisions, we are always seeking to improve.
A DES review indicates the completion of a School’s three year business plan cycle. Following the review in February we took time to reflect on and celebrate our achievements and then to plan for our next three year cycle. We revisited our school mission, values and beliefs about teaching and learning, setting targets within the five interrelated domains of effective schools: teaching, learning environment, relationships, leadership and resources. The West Leederville Primary School 2018-2020 Business Plan was endorsed by the Board in November 2017 and is available on our school website.
At West Leederville Primary School we have high expectations for every student to succeed – to achieve their personal best. We are committed to a culture of high achievement where everybody is focussed on learning success for every student. Through high quality teaching in an environment that nurtures each child’s individuality, we acknowledge and take seriously the influence that we have on the lives of the young people in our care.
In addition to the priorities outlined within the five domains of effective schools, the following integrated priorities for our 2018 – 2020 business plan cycle have been identified:
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
Integrated Digital Technologies
LOTE – Mandarin
Taking an integrated approach to addressing these priorities will ensure that our students are confident and adaptive learners and leaders, at school and in the wider community.
During 2017, WLPS successfully applied to become a Teacher Development School (TDS)-Technologies. WLPS is the only school to achieve this in the area of Technologies statewide, an acknowledgement of our school’s success in this field. As a TDS we will deliver high quality professional learning and support to schools statewide.
At West Leederville the pursuit of excellence in teaching is encouraged and accountability is visible. High quality teaching is a pre-requisite for improving student achievement and all members of our teaching team are committed to the ongoing process of continually improving their own performance. All teachers are involved in the school’s performance improvement process where they are both participants and mentors, sharing their personal areas of strength. Throughout 2017 the teachers were highly engaged in this process and have committed to building upon this process of self-reflection and improvement in 2018.
Professional learning activities are most effective when more than one staff member participates and opportunity for reflection, sharing and implementation is provided. To this end, during 2017, much of the professional learning undertaken by staff at West Leederville Primary School was either as a targeted group, or as a whole staff. Some opportunities undertaken were:
Words Their Way (spelling program), ongoing development of staff by staff;
Talk for Writing, attended by some members of staff to be further explored for school wide implementation in 2018;
SCER Digital Technologies Professional Learning Workshops, held at Scitech;
First Steps reading refresher, presented to staff by accredited WLPS staff;
Positive Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference, attended by members of the Learning Support Team;
Differentiation in Mathematics, presented by Rebecca Appleton, TDS: Mathematics.
This list is by no means exhaustive, however gives a snapshot of professional learning undertaken by staff in 2017.
At West Leederville Primary School our goal is to provide an environment where all students achieve success, reach their potential and develop essential skills in a creative, innovative and resourceful way, through differentiated opportunities. Some students require additional support to achieve success and our learning support processes ensure that identified students have individual education plans; that their progress is regularly monitored; that advice and intervention is sought as required; and that they achieve success equal to or above their predicted progress. This annual report contains information on the breadth of our learning support program and highlights the complexity of intervention required and provided by the learning support team, classroom teachers and education assistants at our school.
During Terms 1-3 2017, the library wing of WLPS was closed for renovation. A second storey containing five classrooms, a teacher meeting room and an enclosed verandah, was constructed. Our upper primary students moved into the facility for Term 4 and thoroughly enjoyed the purpose-build, state of the art facilities. The new facilities were officially opened by the Hon. Sue Ellery, Minister for Education, on February 12, 2018.
2017 has been a very successful year at West Leederville Primary School. We intend to continue to build upon this success by striving, as always, to do our very best to provide an outstanding education to the children in our care.
12th April, 2018