In the Primary School, our focus is on building strong foundations in the core Learning Areas, while emphasising social skills, a strong sense of ethics and spiritual growth.

Our aim is to provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment which allows students to harness their natural curiosity, consolidate their skills and develop their character. We seek to equip our students with a strong academic platform and love of learning, while encouraging the development of a social conscience, lifelong Christian values and a healthy sense of self-respect.

We value the partnership between parents, children and staff and believe that each partner plays an important role in the holistic development of the child. Our goal is for teachers and parents to work together to support, motivate and encourage each child to grow in both mind and heart, valuing their own unique gifts as well as their connections and responsibilities to others.

We encourage our students to pursue our shared goal of “personal excellence, with compassion for others” and to embody the school values and beliefs in all aspects of their life. Students develop resilience and a sense of personal responsibility whilst being nurtured in a supportive environment. 

Structure

The Primary School caters for children from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6. The School is triple streamed from Kindergarten to Year 1, moving into a double stream model for Years 2 to 6. Students remain with their class teacher for the core learning areas, moving to specialist teachers and facilities for Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Library and Indonesian. We have the added benefit of Teacher Assistants working in all year levels from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6.

The Primary School teachers work collaboratively across the year group, planning and programming together to ensure consistency and continuity.

Curriculum

At Peter Moyes, children are at the centre of everything that happens here: the teaching and learning, the activities, and the environment. The core Learning Areas are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • The Arts (including Music, Drama and Visual Arts)
  • Technology and Enterprise
  • Languages Other Than English (Indonesian)
  • Christian and Religious Education.

At Peter Moyes, the teachers aim to provide academic learning programmes that accommodate all learning styles across the curriculum. These learning styles offer a multi-sensory, structured program that involves explicit teaching of skills. Lessons may include play-based investigations, direct teaching, inquiry, research and project work, peer tutoring and collaborative work. We emphasise the holistic development of the child and offer our students the opportunity to develop their strengths and build upon their weaknesses.

We employ specialist teachers for Music, Drama, Library studies, Indonesian, Visual Arts and Physical Education, with students moving to the appropriate specialist facilities for these lessons. Our specialist teachers, in conjunction with classroom teachers, also provide a range of activities such as concerts, cultural days, exhibitions and inter-school competitions.

Pre-Kindy Programme

Through a rich and diverse play based programme, our Pre-Kindergarten is a specialist programme for 3-year olds. Our learning environment provides opportunities for your child to learn as they discover, create, improvise, and imagine. Children have the opportunity to explore, whilst building friendships and bonds with other children.

Our Pre-Kindergarten classroom is located in the Early Years area of the Primary School. Our programme is led by fully qualified and passionate educators who are trained in Early Years development and learning. They will tailor learning activities to be responsive to individual children’s ideas, interests, strengths, and abilities. There is a maximum class size of 20 children, with two educators per class, ensuring that your child has the attention they need. We provide stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments, including flexible learning spaces and a nature playground. 

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Kindergarten

The School offers a Kindergarten programme for 4 year olds. Our programme is led by fully qualified and passionate educators who are trained in Early Years development and learning. 

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is woven through the fabric of the School. Our staff provide a high level of care and support, getting to know each student and their individual needs. Led by our Deans of Students, we have a strong and supportive Pastoral Care model that includes:

  • Education Assistants/Technicians
  • Class and Subject Teachers/House Tutors
  • Chaplains
  • Counsellors
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Year
  • Learning Support and Academic Extension

As an Anglican school, our Chaplains complement our pastoral programmes by providing spiritual guidance, leading our students towards a life of purpose.

We are committed to the care, safety and protection of all students from Pre-Kindergarten through to Year 12, through the prevention, identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect. The responsibility of the School extends beyond academic success to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of children and the provision of a caring and supportive learning environment. To this end, we recognise that it is essential that the safety, health, welfare and wellbeing of our students are safeguarded at all times when in the care of the School, our teachers, staff and volunteers.

Camps

Year 3

Year 3 students participate in an overnight Camp at School. The theme is Resilience, focussing on facing new challenges in a familiar environment.

Year 4

Year 4 students participate in a three day camp at Fairbridge Village in Pinjarra. The theme is Persistence, focussing on approaching new challenges with positivity. 

Year 5

Year 5 students participate in a three day camp at Boshack Outback Farm Camp, Wattening. The theme is Courage, focussing on fostering new skills in an unfamiliar environment. 

Year 6

Year 6 students participate in a three day camp at Point Walter Recreational Camp, Bicton. The theme is Adventurous, focussing on willingness to take risks and try new experiences.  

Learning Support

Teachers offer differentiated programmes to meet the varying needs of students in their class.

For those students who require additional assistance with their literacy skills, extra support may be available. Depending on the individual need and the capacity of the programme, literacy support may include small group withdrawal or in-class assistance. The duration of participation in the programme is flexible and will vary from student to student. A referral process is undertaken by Learning Support staff in conjunction with the classroom teacher prior to participation in the programme.

Parent involvement is a key component in helping students reach their full potential and therefore a team approach between the School, parents and the student is essential to maximise success.

Primary Academic Extension

Students from Year 3 to Year 6 are invited to participate in the Primary Academic Extension program by meeting a range of criteria including academic results from standardised testing, NAPLAN results and assessment of their ability to work independently and collaboratively. This careful selection of students is undertaken each Semester to maximise the number of students who can participate, with a rotation occurring each Semester. 

The focus is on cross-curricular inquiry learning activities, which are often open-ended, allowing the students to respond in a creative way to the challenges presented. The students are guided to develop independent learning skills, often incorporating information and computing technology.