Hillcrest Primary School was founded in 1950 and is prominently situated on the crest of a hill overlooking the City of Bayswater. Tracing its history to before establishment the local Wadjuk people used the distinctive bush setting and sweeping views as a gathering place to share food and impart the wisdom and knowledge of crafting tools, spears and cooking implements. This relationship with Noongar Land is recognised in the naming of several key buildings. The most notable is our new administration opened in 2016 which is proudly inscribed with the words 'Malya-Ba Mia' signifying our 'Place of Learning'.
Our learning community currently has three hundred and eighty students with enrolments expected to grow in coming years as new families enter the school's intake area reflecting a shift in community demographics. Experienced caring and dedicated staff work closely with parents as essential partners in creating a learning environment that encourages students to realise their full educational, social, physical and creative potential.
Continuous improvement of curriculum delivery is supported through collaboration within phase of development teams. Working closely together staff is supported by educational experts and specialist teachers providing instruction in Digital Technologies, Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education and Japanese LOTE. In addition a team of highly qualified support staff provide greater assistance with differentiating the curriculum for students.
The Learning Intervention Focus Team or LIFT assists teachers with identification and support of students requiring curriculum divergence and enrichment. Comprising members of the school leadership team as well as School Psychologist, Learning Support Coordinator, Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer, Community Health Nurse, English as a Second Language specialist and Special Needs assistant meet fortnightly to prioritise assistance and allocate resources.
As a Positive Behaviour School our Hillcrest STARR (Safety, Teamwork, Achievement, Respect & Responsibility) program acknowledges and celebrates students that embrace 'Wargado' the school motto meaning 'Strive to Achieve'. Through co-operation and participation children acquire fundamental skills and knowledge to prepare them for a productive and successful future.
Parents are extensively involved supporting Hillcrest financially through P & C operation of the canteen, uniform shop and many exciting and well sponsored fundraising events. The School Board is strongly represented by active and informed community members who effectively guide and promote decision making.
Community partnerships with a substantial number of local organisations and personalities generously enhance the success of school and extra curricula programs. These include our Sustainability initiatives, Nature Play development, Breakfast Club, Before After and Vacation School Care, Music Extension and Remediation, Health and Fitness Group, Chess Club, Coding and Robotics Club as well as a collection of After School Community Sports.
As a local school of choice enrolments for the newly refurbished early childhood centre located onsite is often competitive. New families to the area are strongly encouraged to complete an expression of interest for kindergarten placement well in advance of the advertised closing date to ensure your child is successfully catered for in our early year's program.