Schools in Port Hedland
What are they like?
, Feb 21 2013 10:34 PM
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:34 PM
Hi. My husband has been offered a job in Port Hedland and we will be moving from Bunbury. We are not sure yet which area, but we will have a little bit of a choice. I know the names of the schools and where they are, but I'm wondering what they're like? I have a child in Pre-Primary and a child in Year 3. Tell me anything you've experienced or heard, good or bad. Things like what the teachers are like, class sizes, special programs offered, resources, what the kids and families are like, NAPLAN, security/safety of the area, what the grounds are like, and anything else you can think of.
My girls are also hearing impaired (one with hearing aids and one without) and while they cope well with their own systems that we've put into place, it would also be good to know which schools have experience with hearing impaired kids.
Thanks so much in advance!
Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:27 AM
I've PMed you, but I didn't cover all of the above!
Ignore the NAPLAN results - the population is so transient that they're as good as useless - I think PHPS has a turnover rate of about 20%.
Web links:St Cecilia'sEd Dept Schools Online
- do a search for Hedland and you can get some information on programs and things at the govt schools. (the site's not actually working for me right now, but usually it's good!)
Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:12 PM
Having left Hedland because of the schools, I can honestly say, don't expect much from any of them!
St Cecilia's is good, however my friends children ended up so far behind that when they came back to Perth, they had to hire a tutor to help them catch up.
South Hedland has a horrible bullying reputation there and is considered the worst of the lot. In South, Baler and Cassia are much on a par, with Baler being bigger therefore having more resources, but having a very close-minded Principal who refuses to think outside the square.
The pick of the bunch IMO would be Port Hedland Primary.
But hey, that's just based on my experiences
Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:34 PM
Thanks Quirk! It's great to get a perspective on all the schools, good or bad. We were tossing up between St Cecilia's and Port Hedland Primary, but leaning towards PH Primary. Sounds like we're leaning the right way! That's interesting what you said about your friend's kids needing a tutor when they went back to a Perth school as someone else I was chatting to said they came from a Perth school and then their kids were learning more at St Cecilia's. Probably depends on the teacher they have. They say that having a bad teacher is like the student being absent for 60% of the year.
Anyways, thanks for your perspective. I'd love to hear more if anyone else has any thoughts.
Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:37 PM
IMO - The high school is TERRIBLE
Boarding school would be the only option if you plan on staying that long....
Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:48 PM
SeaKitten, what in particular is bad about the high school? I know nothing about it all, not even whether it's in Port or South, so anything you can tell me would be great (even though our kids are about five years away from attending high school). How recent is your knowledge of the school?
Posted 27 May 2015 - 10:53 AM
Hi loving mummy, are you still in port Hedland? We might be moving to port Hedland and I just wanted to know how things were going for you? I have 4 kids (6,5,4 and 2 yr old). Cheers Nat
Posted 27 May 2015 - 02:12 PM
I am here and have a 5 yo in PP. We are at Port Primary and it is really good. We are very happy with it. We love living here, love the lifestyle - unfortunately we are looking at having to leave at the end of the year due to my husbands work, but we have really enjoyed our time here. PM me if you have any questions.
School wise the zoning is very strict. Port Primary is for those that live in Port, Cook Point and Pretty Pool.
In south hedland, there is Baler and Cassia and Sth hedland Primary.
There is also a private Catholic school, St Cecelias in Port
Posted 27 May 2015 - 08:46 PM
We aren't in Port Hedland anymore due to my husband's work but I surprisingly enjoyed living there more than I thought I would! It is such an awesome, genuinely Aussie community. So many people take you under your wing as many of them were new to Port Hedland at some point.
My girls ended up going to Port Primary which is a lovely school.
Did you have any particular questions? Where are you moving from?
PS - Hi Chantel!
Posted 18 June 2015 - 01:27 AM
Hi ladies, we are looking at relocating to Hedland in probably a month or so. I am awake now and thinking of schools, ok fretting. Have an 11 yr old, so high school next year, 8 yr old in yr3, 4yr old in K & 3yr old. Tbh I think it's high school keeping me awake. The move, remoteness, weather etc don't bother me at all, looking forward to a change of lifestyle. Can you tell me the good, bad and ugly of schools especially high school?
Thanks so much.
Posted 18 June 2015 - 08:40 AM
There's only one high school. We would have sent our children to boarding school if we'd still been there, but I went to boarding school because the school in the town where we lived only went to year 10. There were girls at my school from Port Hedland when I was at school.
Having said that, I heard that the high school had improved in recent years under a new principal, but we left in 2012. Hopefully someone with more recent experience has some information for you.
The high school website http://hedlandshs.wa.edu.au
Edited by SeaPrincess, 18 June 2015 - 08:56 AM.
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