The Importance of Choosing the Right Primary School for Your Family

There are many tough decisions we make as parents on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes the choice between distracting them with Peppa Pig or Baby Shark (while you’re trying to have a quiet moment to read the latest issue of KIDDO) is a hard bet.

For parents, choosing a primary school is one of the first monumental decisions that will pave the way for the rest of their lives. Aside from the joyous new friendship making, glu-sticking, story reading, hand-clapping, alphabet-learning-fun that primary school is, it’s also one of the most formative periods in your child’s life. There’s no underestimating the importance of choosing the right primary school for your child and your family.

As well as wanting your child to feel happy, safe and secure, and able to take risks in a supported environment, primary school is a time for each child to pursue interests and discover unique strengths.


As an International Baccalaureate Organisation World School, St Peter’s Woodlands (SPW) delivers the IBO Primary Years Program. This program fosters the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the world outside. Engagement in the IBO Primary Years Program ensures children are seeking answers to real world issues.

This inquiry approach, paired with the high value SPW places on developing individual social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual needs of children, means children are able to confidently pursue their unique interests and talents in smaller group sizes at every age.


“When teachers are well supported, they’re able to spend more time with each child to uncover individual strengths and interests,” says SPW’s Principal, Chris Prance.

At SPW, classroom teachers are supported by a team of Learning Support teachers and assistants, who help develop, plan and resource programs designed to enrich learning for everyone.

An initiative of the Learning Support team is The Hub, a centrally located space offering stimulating lunch time clubs and activities for all children. The library also offers a creative ‘Makerspace’ each lunchtime where children can challenge themselves with deliberately designed creative activities.

Thanks to the support the school provides their educators, SPW has become a school of choice for teaching staff, boasting a high retention rate of staff, both male and female.


SPW has modern teaching spaces, facilities and resources to support each child in their learning and development.
Students are supported to discover interests through engagement with purpose built facilities including the multimedia suite with green screen, dance studio, design and technology studio, music suite, visual art rooms and food technology centre.

Children who love being outdoors can explore extensive play spaces and grounds, with three large grass playing fields along with multi-purpose outdoor and indoor court facilities, all within a short stroll to Glenelg beach.

SPW recently constructed a nature play space, and actively creates educational programs to encourage outdoor learning and exploration of the environment.


While SPW’s focus is strong on literacy and numeracy skills, they also offer a diverse and in depth extra-and co-curricular program with specialist teachers. To build self-esteem, it’s important for young people to excel at something, and feel proud of their individual achievement.

Sport plays a large part in the SPW community, teaching team skills, cooperation and discipline. From Reception upwards, children can take part in sports including dance, gymnastics, netball, football, cricket, tennis, judo, basketball, soccer and netball.

For the creatively inclined, SPW has a strong extra-curricular arts program, from one-on-one instrumental and voice instruction to various choirs, school musicals involving students from R-7, bands and ensemble participation.

To help build your child’s confidence and citizenship skills SPW also offers Tournament of Minds, debating and public speaking, along with a strong Student Service program that incorporates leadership opportunities for students across multiple year levels.

SPW offers something for everyone and has the resources to help your child succeed in the formative years of their educational journey. If you’re interested in finding out more information or to book a personal tour contact Jo Gray, Enrolments Manager, today.

Find out more information or book a school tour visit:
St Peter’s Woodlands
ELC – Yr 7

Jo Gray, Enrolments Manager
T 08 7221 6217

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