About the Gibbs Street Primary School
The name “Gibbs” has a long association with the Cannington area and is linked to much of the early development and history of the area. The area on which our School now stands was previously used for dairying and pig farming.
The Western family owned the dairy and resided in the premises, still on the School grounds, known as “Western House”.
The School was opened in 1971. In 1996 the school celebrated its 25th Anniversary. In 1997 the administration block was extended and the old building was modified and refurbished. The school facilities include, in addition to two pre-primary classes, fourteen classes surrounded by generous playground areas shaded by trees, large patios and verandah areas for all children.
The students enjoy themselves by playing on the extensive playground equipment, in a large undercover assembly area, two basketball courts, cricket nets, a tennis court, a football oval and soccer field. The school is air-conditioned throughout, boasts a sizeable library and all children having ICT access through a computer network.
2010 saw the school being refurbished again with new Pre Primary and Kindergarten buildings. Lastly the school enjoys a positive and progressive outlook towards education by virtue of its hardworking staff, its generous and supportive parent body and its great students.
Unique opportunities and programs
Stay and Play Playgroup
Gibbs Street Primary School has an early years learning playgroup for local families with children aged 0-3 years.
The focus is on early language, early maths skills, gross and fine motor development. Teachers report a much easier settling in period for the children that are involved in the program.
The SHARE program (School Home Advancement of Reading Education), which has now become part of the School’s culture, is designed to offer parents the opportunity to be given guided support in assisting their children at home.
It continues to provide literacy support for parents of children in Years 1 and 2 as they begin and work through the Early Reading Program.
The school runs a very successful breakfast program for students. This is held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in Western House. It provides the opportunity for students to start the day with a healthy breakfast and some morning conversation.
TED ~ Treat Everyone Decently
Gibbs Street Primary has a program called TED embedded in all its classroom behaviour plans. The program teaches and promotes the core values of: Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Tolerance, Honesty, Endeavour, Fairness and Friendship. The values program throughout the school encourages everyone (staff and students) to Treat Each other Decently. The teachers explicitly teach the values in their health program to promote positive interpersonal skills. Every five weeks the classroom role model for the Value is recognised at a school assembly.
The school music program enables students to have access to a specialist music program. Part of this program includes a school choir, involving senior students and an instrumental program.
The instrumental program is for selected students from Years 5-6. Specialist instrumental teachers visit the school on a weekly basis to conduct lessons.
Gibbs Street Primary School continues to engage a Science specialist teacher. This program is to ensure that our students are engaged in all aspects of the Science curriculum.
All classes engage in educational hands-on activities to explore a variety of scientific topics.
Physical Education at Gibbs Street Primary School is taught by our specialist Physical Education Teacher. In the early years, the focus is on developing essential fundamental movement skills in a fun, safe environment. As our students progress through to the upper years, they develop these along with effective game strategies through modified sports.
At Gibbs Street we are pleased to be involved with a number of community initiatives including the Eagles Cup (AFL) , Dockers Cup (female AFL), Fever Cup (Netball), Interschool Soccer as well as our involvement in the Canning-Woodloes Sports Association (Athletics, Cross Country, Lightning Carnivals).
Gibbs Street Primary School is a proud member of the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative WA (AuSSi-WA). Being Water-Wise and Waste-Wise we aim to promote, model and encourage our students in their understanding of Sustainability through the learning areas.