Boat Harbour Primary School first opened in 1888 with an enrolment of 34 students. In 2019 we will have approximately 280 students (K-6) and 36 staff. Our students come from 175 families and are drawn from an area bounded by Detention and Rocky Cape in the west, Wynyard and Table Cape in the east and the rural areas south towards Preolenna.
At BHPS we offer a range of innovative curriculum programs both within and beyond the classroom. Classroom programs follow The Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework, with an emphasis on developing children’s literacy and numeracy skills. In 2019 to support our classroom programs, we will offer Flying Start and Mighty Maths (intensive literacy and numeracy programs for Early Childhood), Middle Maths and Literacy Support, Music, PE, Library, other languages (LOTE), Extended Learning Online (ELO) and Digital Technology Studies. Our Activities Program offers students, Prep to Grade 6, the opportunity to opt into a range of innovative and creative inquiries offered by staff in two hour weekly blocks over 4 to 5 weeks.
As part of the Learning Services Northern Region, Boat Harbour Primary School has access to the expertise of a School Psychologist, Speech and Language Pathologist and Social Worker to provide support to students, and parent/carers where needed.
Our facilities at BHPS are well organised with up to date resources. The magnificent grounds exceed 9 hectares and include playgrounds, tennis court, oval, basketball court, large asphalt areas, shade gazebos, gardens and a 5 hectare school farm that is currently leased for cropping. Students are involved in growing fruits and vegetables, garden and maintenance, and collecting of eggs from our chickens.
As a family friendly school, we believe that parent involvement in students’ education is paramount to their success. The partnerships between our school and children’s homes are positive and are supported by enthusiastic and motivated parents through classroom programs, literacy support, canteen and many other school events. The School Association is our decision making body made up of parents, staff and community representatives. It oversees management and financial affairs and is influential in determining the school policy and direction as well as organising fundraising and uniform sales.
The parents, friends and staff at Boat Harbour Primary School work together within our “community of learners” to provide learning programs and opportunities that will enable all students to achieve personal excellence and the highest learning outcomes possible. Our staff are dedicated and committed to ongoing professional learning. The school provides very high standards in education and our results, particularly in literacy and numeracy for most students are significantly above state and national averages. We maintain high expectations of student behaviour and have a strong focus on the teaching of values.