Our Vision and Ethos
John Wollaston is a Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 co-educational Anglican School, distinguished by our ethos, values and whole school approach that enable students to make a seamless transition through all stages of schooling.
John Wollaston is a World School of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) authorised to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Our range of enriching programs, Christian principles and the positive influences of our staff enable John Wollaston students to develop as inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people, lifelong learners and global citizens who help to create a more peaceful world.
We are a progressive school, seeking out distinctive evidence-based approaches to teaching, learning and pastoral care in order to prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
We believe everyone can enjoy a bright future, and our students are encouraged and equipped to make the most of their potential for themselves and their communities.
In our safe and stimulating environment students have the opportunity to identify and build on their character strengths, explore their talents and creativity, strive for personal excellence and be part of an inclusive school community.
Our Strategic Direction
Thriving, supportive relationships are a distinctive feature of our school. They are fundamental to a bright future for our students, collaborative learning and the sense of well-being for all members of our school community. Most importantly, relationships are the essence of our connection with God and others.
The academic program of the Primary School builds on strong literacy and numeracy skills, embracing the philosophy and teaching methods of the International Baccalaureate Organisation's Primary Years Programme (PYP).
The PYP is a proven, effective way for children to learn as it excites them about, and involves them in, their education and caters to individual learning styles.
Through positive and motivating learning experiences, the PYP consolidates and builds on the skills that students have developed during their early childhood education.
Students also attend specialist classes in Art, Music, Japanese, Physical Education, and Digital Technology skills and have access to a fully-equipped gymnasium, music studios and theatre, visual arts centre, and spacious playgrounds and playing fields.
The incorporation of information technology into our Primary School, with the establishment of a 1:1 Device Program from Year 4, enhances our students’ learning experiences and helps them to develop sound research and analytical skills.
All classes have interactive whiteboards and access to a wireless network for use with laptops and desktop computers. Our Primary also has shared areas between classrooms for use of laptop pods or small groups.
Students participate in co-curricular clubs after school, taking on activities such as guitar and vocal ensembles, fitness, craft, drama, debating and speech writing.
John Wollaston is among a small number of independent schools in Western Australia authorised as a world school to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP).
The PYP is designed for children aged five to 12 and is regarded as world’s best practice in primary education. Students are encouraged to ask challenging questions, critically reflect, develop research skills, learn how to learn, and carry out community service.
While children still follow the Australian Curriculum, the PYP encourages students to step beyond the confines of traditional learning in each subject area and structures frameworks around six main themes.
Teachers are guided by these six themes as they design units of inquiry that both transcend and articulate conventional subject boundaries in Languages, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science and Technology, The Arts, and Personal, Social and Physical Education.
Students grow and develop academically, creatively, emotionally, physically and spiritually.