About Us - Principals Welcome
I would like to welcome visitors to our site. The site is the culmination of many hours of work by staff to provide a link to our immediate school community with the wider community that surrounds it. To each and every member of the staff, thank you for your commitment to this venture. Through this medium, we are seeking to share an insight into how Karratha Primary School conducts itself as it strives to provide meaningful, relevant and appropriate learning programmes that will ensure its students are best placed to be productive, effective and happy in life.
As I have had the opportunity to “speak” to you in this way, I would like to explain what we are trying to achieve by having the web site. It is obviously a way we can display what is happening in our school on a day to day and long term basis. We strive to keep our community informed and by posting a raft of documents and links, we believe we are better meeting this goal. However, it is much more than that. It is a vehicle for you to use to promote our school.
Through your recommendations and discussion, we will be able reach a far greater audience than ever before. Family members in other towns and countries, people you know from elsewhere and people who might contact you for information can be directed to the site. Further there is a facility for you to make comment on the school. We seek your feedback and want to be able to respond so please take the opportunity to do this if there is a need. Busy families often simply don’t have the time to provide the level of feedback they want to. I urge you to use this facility to help you to help us.
As with all sites, this one is a work in progress. It will be built on over time and new facilities will come online. I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to look into our school.
Karratha Primary School is proud of its tradition of meeting the educational needs of Karratha students for forty years through a strong focus on maintaining academic, social and sporting excellence. The original Karratha Primary School was the first primary school in Karratha. Building of the school commenced in 1970 and opened in 1971 as Karratha Junior High School.
The school was originally built by Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd in conjunction with the Education Department to provide the newly established town with education facilities for the increasing number of families moving into the area. During 2009 and 2010, construction of a new school commence. Although not completed for the beginning of the 2011 school year, we moved into the building that were ready. This, in turn, allowed demolition of the old school and the construction of the playing fields.
These were completed in July 2011 and this saw our new school fully in use for the first time. Karratha Primary School is committed to the core values of Learning, Excellence, Equity and Care. The school offers a comprehensive range of learning activities. The fundamental purpose of programs undertaken at Karratha Primary School is to provide structure around which students may build knowledge, understanding and values.
The School Council, the Parent and Citizens Association and Aboriginal Education Committees are all involved in the development of plans. Karratha Primary School is committed to furthering the educational needs of all its students for the future. I commend the school to you and, as stated elsewhere, encourage your input. We will only achieve our goal of making Karratha Primary School a relevant and dynamic school in its own context if you tell us how we are going.
Mark Smyth Principal 2013