Woodside Primary School Department for Education

Woodside Primary School

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Who we are

Why choose Woodside Primary School?

Choosing a primary school is one of the most important decisions families will ever make. Schools are in the privileged position of helping to shape young people’s lives. At Woodside we are passionate about supporting your child’s growth as an individual to reach their full potential and equipping them with the skills and knowledge so they can survive and thrive in our rapidly changing world.

Woodside Primary School is a medium sized, happy, safe and successful place of learning in the heart of the Adelaide Hills. There are currently 270 enrolments from Reception - Year 7 in 10 classes.

Our aim is to give your child every opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards in everything they do. We are committed to offering an exciting and creative curriculum with a wealth of different experiences and opportunities to learn and flourish.

We encourage a 'can-do' attitude to everything and aim for the children at Woodside to become confident, lifelong learners who continue to discover the wonders within their world, to develop their creativity and their sense of curiosity. Learning is a very personal journey and at this school we create a safe learning environment where students feel confident to challenge themselves, take measured risks and error is welcomed as they explore their capabilities and passions.

We have high expectations and aspirations, but firmly believe that learning should be engaging, fun and relevant to life. Our approach has been hugely successful with our students. Parents tell us how their children love to come to school and as a result of happy children we optimise their learning. We believe that we have done this successfully by all working together, forming strong relationships built on trust and respect and creating a positive partnership between home and school.

I look forward to the opportunity of speaking with you about this great place of learning. Please call and make some time to come in and chat to me, to be escorted by our student leaders on a tour of the school, and to investigate an enriching environment for your child’s primary schooling. In the meantime, please take the time to explore our website and discover more about our school, starting with the above video which highlights ‘who we are’.


Steve Hicks,


We are extremely fortunate to have a hard working and dedicated team of highly skilled individuals, which includes outstanding student support officers who positively contribute to every aspect of our school community.

Our total staff are committed and are strongly supported by our Governing Council, to the educational and social development of each child as we seek to challenge those who are more able and to support and nurture those who need additional assistance.

Principal, Steve Hicks

I was excited and pleased to be appointed to the role of Principal at Woodside Primary School in July 2016. The school has a reputation for excellence and for working closely with the community.

My area of passion is ensuring all students are engaged in high quality learning and as such I have always considered my role of Principal to be that of the school’s educational leader. I have taught students from Reception to Year 12 in a variety of schools and have been a Principal for 18 years.

I have a strong background and interest in Mathematics, STEM, Enterprise and ICT as well as other essential 21st Century skills including creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. I firmly believe that all of these skills are vital for preparing students for a life beyond Primary School. I look forward to the task of continuing the great work of Woodside Primary and to further enriching the teaching and learning program in conjunction with the whole school community.

Deputy Principal, Gordon Combes

The desire to make a difference in the lives of children and providing them with skills to prepare them for the future has steered my teaching career. Forming strong relationships with students, parents, staff and the wider school community is the guiding foundation for making that difference.

I am guided by meeting the learning needs of individual students through supporting programs and being open to new learning as a teacher to create opportunities for children to explore the ever-changing world. I have taught reception to year 7 in different school settings and through the curriculum aim to develop in the students a wonder in the world and the difference they can make in the world.

Business Manager, Ros Francis

I have been lucky enough to work at Woodside Primary School since 2000 in a job that I truly enjoy. First employed part time as an SSO working directly with children, my position has evolved into that of full-time Business Manager responsible for the Finance and Admin operations of the School. My own children attended Woodside Primary School and I am passionate about the role our school plays in the Community. We aim to make coming to Woodside a great experience and strive to work closely with parents to make them feel valuable members of our School family. The Office staff take pride in knowing our families well and aim to be helpful and knowledgeable as your child progresses through our school.

Parent Involvement

We welcome families into our school and we encourage them to be involved in their children’s learning. Parent participation at any level in the school is greatly valued by us as it enhances the quality of the educational programs and to that end, I urge you to consider to take an active role, no matter how small, in some facet of school life.

Our success is built on a strong and active school community of students, parents and teachers, who all value the same high standards of education and creative and intellectual endeavour. We see parents as partners in our work and hope you will become very much part of our community and fully involved in your child's achievements. We look forward to working with you to provide the best possible education for your child in our care.


At Woodside Primary School strong relationships and a genuine sense of community coupled with contemporary teaching practice help our students make a positive start to life. This is a school where traditional priorities, such as literacy and numeracy, are enhanced by a thinking skills curriculum, and coexist with thriving creative arts and physical activity programs.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) has been a major focus in 2017, using a Project Based Learning approach to ensure it is taught in an integrated manner. Robotics, coding and 3D Printing have also been introduced into all classes R-7.

Encouraging students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit is also encouraged across the school. 150 students selecting to be involved in the 2017 Kidpreneur Challenge. This involves them generating ideas for an innovative product, learning how to start their own business where they develop the product, market it, sell it and review their profit and loss. Other classes also incorporate various enterprising activities on varying scales and different contexts.

Students are encouraged to participate in the diverse range of specialist activities including: Spanish, Music and PE lessons with a specialist teacher; a huge range of Interschool Sports; Visual Arts Exhibitions; Music and Drama performances; Multiple Learning Exhibitions; Camps and Excursions; Enterprise Education; Instrumental Music and student leadership roles.


ICT equipment is available for staff and students in a central computer area in the library and the new Language Lab. Three fleets of Laptops are available for classroom use. Each teacher is also issued with an iPad and an additional 30 have just been purchased for use with robotics and other classroom based apps.

All learning spaces are equipped with interactive whiteboards and internet connectivity is achieved across the entire school through a robust, reliable wireless network. We also use IT in an innovative way to communicate with our families through an App called Seesaw.


All teaching areas along with a Gymnasium and canteen are new due to a redevelopment of the school that was completed in 2008.

Since then the school has received Federal Government funding (BER) and this has been used to build a new library and student toilets, to refurbish the admin block and staff room.

The overall result is that the school is brand new. We are currently looking at redesigning our outdoor learning areas to include a kitchen/garden programme, a series of nature play spaces and a ‘loose parts’ playpod.

What kids say about WPS

Woodside is an extremely positive environment that has so many opportunities and activities that makes school and learning fun. – Naomi, Yr 7

Woodside primary has some great camps and events. The teachers are very kind and we say that bullying is not ok. We have a lot of extra curriculum things like sports, cooking, gardening and 3D printing. – Anonymous, Yr 6

You can try lots of different things in Play Based Learning. I was a chef in the restaurant. – Xander, Yr 1

The teachers are really friendly, kind and caring. STEM is also really fun. – Charli, Yr 5

I like doing Jolly Phonics and going on the Monkey Bars. – Anna, Reception