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’.
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, Marcia Bungay
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.
Intellectual Stretch Co-ordinator, Jess Moroney
Having spent my career in education working in the North Western suburbs of Adelaide, I was thrilled to begin working at Woodside in 2016. Since commencing at Woodside I have held a number of roles including upper primary teacher, Deputy Principal (acting) and now Intellectual Stretch Co-ordinator.
My role within the school is to support staff and students to ensure that we provide intervention and extension for all students across the curriculum. Beyond the goal of teaching children to know things, to pass tests or to fill their brains with facts. I strongly believe that we need to teach children to reflect critically on what is going on around them and to ask whether that’s the way it should be? I am excited to work with the expert staff that we have here at Woodside and support them to stretch the thinking of all children within our school.
Literacy Coach, Andrea de Vries
As Literacy Coach, I am leading and training a team to work with small groups. I am using my many years of classroom experience, and especially my Reading Recovery training, to design tasks that help students understand what they are reading, and to develop their reading skills.
We are targeting all ability groups, so that all students will extend their learning and skills. The groups have been configured to ensure students are working at a challenging level, and to enable all students to receive individual attention. Our aim is to make students more independent at monitoring their reading and their comprehension. They are expected to explain their thinking and justify their ideas. We are endeavouring to develop the students’ reading fluency, oral language and to extend their vocabulary.