Year levels – Kindergarten to Year 6
Specialist Areas – Physical Education, Visual Art, Music, Science, Indonesian
No. of Students – 392
Percentage of Aboriginal Students – 37.5%

2021 Highlights

  • Continued engagement of Dr Lorraine Hammond as advisor to pedagogical change 
  • Achieved at or above like schools in 8/10 testing areas in NAPLAN (Year 3 and 5) 
  • Completed $400 000 capital works project improving cluster classrooms 
  • Additional 4 classroom teachers completed Teachwell training 
  • Supporting Kalbarri DHS with additional staff following cyclone Seroja 
  • Finalists in Synergy solar car challenge 98.5% of students maintaining Good Standing across the year
  • NAIDOC Week celebrations including 5th annual Barndi Mulganhu Birli Banagarri (Good Times Together Cup) and APS ‘roo stew cook-up’ 
  • Naming and completion of the Lisa Criddle Boardroom 
  • 100 Days of School celebration 
  • Olympics Unleashed upper primary interactions 
  • Annual APS Open Day 
  • Mrs Emma Smith finalist of WA Primary School Teacher of the Year (WA Education Awards) 
  • Miss Melanie Kerrigan nominated for WA Primary School Teacher of the Year (WA Education Awards)
  • Year 6 camp to Perth 
  • Honourable Mention of APS rock band – Geraldton Battle of the Bands 
  • Midwest Showcase performance and band spectacular 
  • Parent/Carer pedagogical workshops with Core Curriculum Coaches

High Impact Teaching

A dramatic cultural and pedagogical shift at Allendale Primary over the last 36 months has resulted in an extraordinary improvement in student achievement and behavioural data across the school. 

A 2019 commitment to reinstating evidence based, connected practice in the core curriculum areas from Kindy through to Year 6, has resulted in shifts in NAPLAN results by up to 3.7 standard deviations in a two-year period. 

A pledge to implement Positive Behaviour Support strategies with improved fidelity over the same period has reduced the total days students have been suspended from 119.5 days in 2017 to just 10.5 days to date in 2022. 

The use of high impact instructional strategies by all teachers and support staff, coupled with an unwavering expectation of full participation, has maximised opportunities for deep learning and streamlined the movement of knowledge from APS student’s short term to long term memory.

The latest available NAPLAN data shows how stark recent student improvement has been. On average, from 2019 – 2021, Allendale student NAPLAN scores improved from Year 3 to Year 5: 

  • by 55 more than the Australian average in Spelling 
  • by 40 more than the Australian average in Reading 
  • by 60 more than the Australian average in Grammar and Punctuation 
  • by 18 more than the Australian average in Writing 
  • by 26 more than the Australian average in Numeracy 

Furthermore, in school based comparative data, the latest Progressive Achievement Testing results show that the percentage of students in Stanines 1 to 3 (achieving below standard) has reduced in 1 calendar year by: 

  • 21% in Reading (Year 3 to Year 4) 
  • 21% in Reading (Year 4 to Year 5) 
  • 15% in Spelling (Year 4 to 5)