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 285 enrolments from Reception - Year 7 in 11 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 and go on a tour of the school. 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’.


Cassie Ackland,


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, Cassie Ackland

Welcome to Woodside Primary School, if you are wishing to enrol your child please call to arrange a tour with a member of the leadership team.

This is my second appointment as principal, my first being Birdwood Primary School, where I spent 5 fantastic years. Prior to this I was the Deputy Principal at Mount Barker Primary for 7 years, after spending 21 years teaching Reception to year 7 at a number of schools across the state. The priority at Woodside Primary is student learning and ensuring all children achieve to their fullest potential. We currently run 11 classes, most of which are composite classes.

I have lived in the Adelaide Hills with my husband and two children for over 17 years now and feel very much a part of the Hills community. I am thrilled to now be a part of the Woodside Community and look forward to meeting you soon.

Deputy Principal, Tamra Mardle

I am excited to join the staff at Woodside Primary School and look forward to building strong connections with the community in the Adelaide Hills. I am a committed, experienced and professional educator/leader with an extensive knowledge of the Australian Curriculum, from Reception to Year 7. I am dedicated to striving for the growth of every child, in every class and to ensure positive relationships between school, parents, families and community are developed and maintained.

My background includes teaching in the early years in both regional, remote communities, and more recently in the hills. I have a passion for improving literacy and numeracy learning for all students and promoting opportunities for intellectual stretch and creativity amongst students. It is vital for students to develop sound communication skills and be confident, reflective learners.

My passion and belief that every student deserves to be successful and to receive the highest standard of education, in an environment where their wellbeing is promoted.

I live locally at Birdwood am married with two teenage girls who keep me busy. I enjoy going to the beach and enjoying the great outdoors. I look forward to meeting you all soon.

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.


On behalf of the parents, staff and students, I would like to welcome you to Woodside Primary School. Through the hard work and dedication of the Staff, we aim to provide an educational and social environment that nurtures and challenges each child and encourages them to reach their full potential.

We achieve this by having high expectations of the students and providing them a safe, happy and trusting environment in which to challenge themselves.

Woodside Primary 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.

Our school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience underpin all that we do. We look forward to working with you to provide the best possible education for your child in our care.


ICT equipment is available for staff and students in a central computer area in the library and in classrooms. Three fleets of laptops are available for classroom use. Each teacher is also issued with an iPad and an additional 60 have been purchased for student use with robotics, Minecraft for Education 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 ICT 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