Child and Parent Centres – Mercy Care
We are committed to early learning and offer a 0-4 playgroup on-site, run in partnership with the Child and Parent Centre. The CPC also provided extensive support to our school community in: parent engagement initiatives; social emotional learning; protective behaviour programs; and the Triple P program.
Due to our past involvement in the Fogarty Edvance School improvement program we are now part of the Alumni Group. The Leadership Team work in partnership with Fogarty Edvance to support new schools to the program. This includes: hosting school visits to share our highly effective teaching practices and our school improvement journey.
Scitech provides support to teachers across WA with implementing STEM curriculum and resources with a focus on problem-based learning. Our ICT team and Science Specialist work in partnership with the professional learning team at Scitech, to support teachers to implement WA Digital Technologies curriculum. In addition, they provide training and in-class support to assist staff to integrate a range of innovative ICT to enhance student learning.
Balga Primary School seeks to maintain strong links with the traditional owners of this land and honour their history. We work together with Wadjak Northside to support the learning and pastoral care needs of our indigenous students. Visit the Wadjak Northside website.
Teach Well is an organization committed to delivering professional learning based on the most current research about effective teaching. They provide high level support to educators to bridge the gap from research to practice. Through our partnership, our teachers have been successful in securing scholarships to participate in innovative and extensive professional learning programs that have drastically improved teaching and student learning outcomes for our students.
We are part of a network of 16 schools which was formed to benefit students and staff in the following ways:
- closer collaboration between schools to enhance educational programs;
- quality professional learning opportunities for staff;
- improved leadership development opportunities and;
- smoother transition between primary and secondary school.
The 12 Buckets program offers a flexible and innovative pathway to help develop independent young people contributing to their community through honed skills and generosity.
12 Buckets currently operates in four primary schools in Perth’s north, including Balga Primary School. Selected students have the opportunity to participate in one of more of the following programs: tailored mentoring; a basketball program; a university aspiration program; and debating.
Tailored Mentoring: Primary-aged children are matched with an adult mentor who works with them on a tailored module of learning around a particular life skill, and builds upon the existing strengths and interests of the students. Students complete a project that benefit others in some way. Mentors walk alongside the student, helping them to achieve their goals and to use their own developing skills for the benefits of others.
12 Buckets Rockets Basketball Program: Students are offered the opportunity to be coached by professional players and compete in a full Winter Competition season, in partnership with the Stirling Senators Basketball Club.
University Aspiration Program: 12 Students from each participating school are immersed in university life and learning on four occasion during the school year through our partnership with Curtin University. The excursions and incursions help aspiring students discover a pathway to tertiary education.
Debating Teams: Three top performing students from each school are placed in debating teams to be coached by lawyers from Squire Patton Boggs. The teams will then compete at the annual 12 Buckets Great Debate at the Federal Court of Australia, Perth.
“12 Buckets is an excellent initiative that shows the power of community … and a safe circle of community is a key building block to raising resilient kids. This model could work anywhere.”
Parenting author, educator and resilience specialist Maggie Dent