Swanbourne is one of the more affluent suburbs in Perth, being surrounded by Fremantle to the south, City Beach to the north, with Mount Claremont as an inland neighbouring suburb and Cottesloe directly to the south. The suburb Swanbourne is also well established and regularly features in real estate literature as one of the top ten most popular suburbs.
Swanbourne Primary School was originally established in 1905. The new school relocated to its Narla Road site in November 2001, replacing the inadequate facilities in Derby Road. An extensive consultation period with the representatives of the Noongar Aboriginal Community was undertaken before building commenced. Aboriginal people lived in the area up until 1951 and their culture and history are recognised.
One of the conditions of the redevelopment was that the Department of Education set 1.5 ha of land aside to focus on Aboriginal heritage for use by the school, Aboriginal and wider communities.
The school’s covered assembly area was extended and enclosed so it can be used as a school hall. Other conditions include dedicating a section of the new library for Aboriginal material and that a cross-cultural awareness program including Aboriginal history and culture is included in the school’s curriculum.
The school’s staffing profile consists of the Principal, Deputy Principals, a Manager Corporate Services and School Officers who assist in the front office. In addition, the school has specialist teachers in Physical Education, Music, Visual Arts and Languages (Japanese) .
Non-Teaching staff include Education Assistants for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary, Special Needs Education Assistant and a Library Resource Officer.
A Defence School Mentor (DSM) is available to assist with the transition of Australian Defence Force families into our school community and when they leave. The DSM can assist with any educational, emotional or social concerns families may have about their child/children and will liaise with the principal, parents, teachers and professional therapists.
School staff are hard working, conscientious and aim to cater fully for the individual educational needs of the students.
The school has general teaching areas, pre-primary teaching areas, kindergarten areas, specialist art and music rooms, science room, library, administration block, hard courts, oval and 2.5 hectares of parks and gardens.
Upgraded IT facilities have greatly enhanced the school’s educational program.
The school has an active P&C Association and School Board and a significant focus is placed on working together to meet the needs of all children in our community.