Principal’s Message

Here at Hilton…

Kaya. Welcome to our Hilton Primary School website. We invite you to view the updates about the many teaching, learning and community events happening at our lovely school.

In recent years, we have established new Kindergarten and Pre-Primary classes and enjoyed the contributions of new families to our school. In 2022 we will offer three Kindergarten classes and two Pre-Primary classes, in the early childhood block. We will have eight primary classes for students in Years 1 to 6.

During 2021, our Hilton PS Board, Staff and Students engaged with our Public School Review process. This was an opportunity for us to celebrate our successes and present evidence of our teaching and learning, to two external reviewers who visited our school. It was also an important time for strategic planning, hence our new Plan for Growth: 2021-2024.

Each day, we strive to live the Values of Community, Care, Inclusivity, Creativity and Sustainability. Our school grounds provide rich opportunities to teach, learn and play inside and outside the classrooms.

Last year, our Grounds Committee consulted with Aboriginal families, our broader school community and Nature Based Play, to enhance our Yarning Circle. Like our Bush Trail and plant nursery, each of our Sustainable Classrooms are valued by students, staff and families. As well as explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy, our continuous development of nature pedagogy demonstrates that “Anything we can teach inside, we can teach outside.” This year, we are collaborating, to develop additional nature play-outside classroom spaces, particularly for our older students. This is adjacent to our Sensory Safe Space to support students with the development of self-regulation and to transition through the school day.

During 2021, our wonderful supportive community, through the Hilton Precinct, facilitated the Hilton PS Breakfast Club each Tuesday and Thursday morning. On these days, we have about 35 children enjoying a shared breakfast, developing independence with selecting their own breakfast options, tidying their breakfast items and socialising happily to begin the school day. Breakfast Club is hosted in our recently refurbished ‘Canteen’ which is now a specialised Science and STEAM teaching and learning space. We are delighted that some of our regional PEAC (Primary Extension and Challenge) programs are also hosted from this space.

Each Hilton PS day begins with classrooms open at 8.30am. Many classes begin with outside time, before the explicit teaching of Literacy until early lunch time (11am-11.40am) and the explicit teaching of Numeracy, until recess time (11.40-1.40pm). Specialist classes in Art, Music. Physical Education and Languages, are scheduled across the week. Kindergarten students finish at 2:50pm (five days per fortnight) and Pre-Primary to Year 6 finish at 3.00pm. Many families choose to Stay and Play in our school grounds until 4pm.

Our continuous Plan for Growth is aligned with the strategic directions of the Department of Education WA: Every student, every Classroom, Every Day. During 2022, we are particularly focusing on:

  • Developing consistent Lesson Design through the early years, and primary classes.
  • Using data as the basis for planning teaching and learning
  • Continuing to develop whole school Classroom Management Strategies and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).
  • Developing our positive school culture and team processes as we grow together.

Our class and specialist teachers are always happy to discuss their teaching, learning and play programs with our families. Please contact our school office if you would like any further information about Hilton Primary School or if you are considering enrolling your child with us. We look forward to a strong future at Hilton Primary School: “A great place to learn and grow.”

Dr Carmel Bochenek

2nd June 2022

Dr Carmel Bochenek