It is our school's belief that each child must be treated as an individual and encouraged to develop a high level of achievement in all curriculum areas.
Our school is a SPACE school, meaning that we cater for each child’s Social, Physical, Academic, Creative and Emotional wellbeing. Our purpose is to develop our students socially, physically, academically, creatively and emotionally.
We believe that it is the responsibility of all involved with the child to help each child develop their full potential as a thinking, responsible, caring individual. Children will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to understand and contribute to society.
We believe that children should be encouraged to respond to high expectations and develop high expectations of themselves.
We further believe they should be able to work effectively with others. To this end each child is seen as an individual and is encouraged to grow in confidence and self-worth, taking more responsibility for their own learning.
A genuine partnership between teachers, pupils and parents is seen as an integral aspect of effective education. The engagement of parents in policy development, classroom programs and open communication is to be pursued by all those involved with the school. Pupils are encouraged to have input into decision-making concerning program and school development.
Winters Flat Primary School has a long history of connection with community, and it is something we are proud to continue.
The idea for a school began in 1860, when local residents from what is now called Winters Flat, held a public meeting to discuss the need for a school in the area. The National School Board had visited the area late 1850s, and reported that there were not enough students to warrant a school, yet the local community disagreed. Without National School Board support, the community pulled together 50 pounds and established a school.
By July that year, the National School Board revised their decision, granting aid to the school and appointing a teacher.
The school was operating in a rented brick building with three rooms - one of which was allocated to living quarters for the teacher's family, a second which became the classroom, and a third which could double as both. With 57 children in attendance, the school was overcrowded and it was evident that a larger school was now a definite requirement for the area.
By 1946 the school community started looking for a new location to house the growing student base and on Saturday the 26th of September 1964, the new Winters Flat Primary School was opened in its current Roberts Street location.
In 2010 - on the school's 150th anniversary - a new learning space complex was opened. Many past students returned for the event and the crowd was welcomed by representatives of the Jaara people.
In 2018, the school will again undergo a structural change to continue to meet the demands of a growing and evolving community environment. With a whole new building currently under construction, Winters Flat Primary School will continue to be an innovator in providing education for children of our community.
- Source Winters Flat Primary School 150th Anniversary – written and compiled by Lil Balmer