Fun learning primary focus
Learning with heart is the motto for Oakwood Primary School, which is set to start taking kindergarten and pre-primary students from February next year.
The new primary school will be located on Broadstone Vista and will service Mandurah’s northern suburbs, including Meadow Springs, San Remo and Madora Bay.
An explosion in population in the northern part of Mandurah has made it necessary to have a new school to relieve enrolment pressure in the surrounding area.
Principal Will Davis said the development of the school had been a community process.
“The community has been involved from the outset, including the selection of the principal,” he said.
“They will also be involved in the selection of teaching staff.
“We want our school to be the hub of our local community.”
Deputy principal Michelle Nash said all the planning and everything the school looked to achieve would have the children at the centre of the decision.
“We want to have a positive culture that focuses on learning and the children,” she said.
“We’re still working on exactly what we want our program to look like.
“But we do want to have some input from our new staff and work to their strengths and expertise.”
Mr Davis said the school would be committed to having a synthetic phonics program, a teaching method that helps children to learn the full pronun- ciation of words by focusing on letter sounds.
“Our early learning program will focus on the development of oral language,” he said. “We want to instil a love of learning on our students and that’s where the learning from heart motto came from.” Mr Davis said local history and fauna would also be incorporated into the school faction names.
Oakwood Primary School deputy principal Michelle Nash, principal Will Davis and corporate services manager Monique Tennyenhuis are excited the school is ready to start taking kindergarten and pre-primary students.