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Organisation

Woodbury Boston Primary School is an independent school, not affiliated with any particular religious or philosophical organisation. We offer educational programs for children from kindergarten through to year six. The school is a member of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA), and has current registration as an educational institution, administered by the Department of Education Services.

The school was founded in 1980 by John and Forrest Woodbury, who served as Principal and Manager for the first 23 years of the school’s existence. In 2004, the school moved to a governing body-based structure, which still continues.

Governing Body

The Governing Body consists of parents and other members of the wider community, elected at the school’s Annual General Meeting. The Governing Body meets regularly during the year, focusing on such issues as school policy, future directions, human resources and marketing.

Teaching staff

Teachers and teacher aides work in partnership to deliver the educational programs, and share equally in responsibility for the happiness of every person in the school. They are committed to:

  • Seeking out and nurturing friendly relationships with the children, without patronising them;
  • Demonstrating the sincerity of their support of the school’s philosophy in all aspects of their relating to the children; and
  • Striving for the highest standards of professionalism.

Administration

The administration staff is a small team of professionals who work together to ensure the smooth running of the school and compliance with government regulations for education.

Parent involvement

Parents are welcomed as part of the school community. They are respected as the most powerful educational influence in the life of the child, and their involvement is seen as essential to the continued successful progress of the school. Parents are encouraged to be involved in classroom and off-campus activities. Parents are also expected to participate in at least some of the school’s regular busy bees, or to help in the school grounds with specific tasks at other times, and to help in the fund-raising activities of the school. Suggestions and comments from parents are welcome and complaints and concerns are taken seriously.

Classes

As much as possible, the school’s classes are arranged to group students of similar interests and needs, and to foster friendships. The school uses multi-age classes, which allow children of the same age to work at different levels as their needs require, without feeling stigmatised.

Rooms are set up as much as possible to provide a homely atmosphere, with lounging areas, kitchen, computers, etc. as well as desks and chairs. Not all learning is done seated at desks, or even inside the classrooms.