Braeside is situated in the town of Katanning, in the central great southern region of WA. With a population of approximately 4 500, Katanning is the centre of a successful grain and sheep farming area.
In 2018 there are 206 students enrolled in 10 classes from Kindergarten to Year 6. The school population is comprised of a unique blend of cultures including Malay, Aboriginal, Non Aboriginal, Burmese, African and Chinese backgrounds.
Students enjoy a safe and secure learning environment. Extensive play areas, surrounded by natural bush settings, are enhanced with new playground equipment and soft fall landing. The school has a dedicated Art room, as well as access to interactive whiteboards in each classroom, two class banks of notebook computers and a well resourced school Library.
The Senior classroom block, comprises of three classrooms and the Art Area. The Early Years Area consists of Kindergarten and Pre-Primary.
Braeside staff work hard as a collaborative team and form a teaching and learning community that focuses on developing best practice in whole school approaches. Literacy and numeracy are of primary focus, this is reflected in explicit teaching of content using research based Literacy and Numeracy block structures. Key parts of these programs are our lexile and home reading programs, word of the day and guided reading. A comprehensive SAER program and Learning Support Coordinator ensures that Individual Education Programs (IEPs) are integral to all learning programs across the school. Students have access to Mini-lit programs, these forms an important part of IEPs developed at Braeside.
Professional learning is attended by all staff and action learning used at school level to ensure implementation relates to the needs of students . Teachers are allocated time to enhance student learning and pedagogy, using phase of learning team meetings and peer observations ,a valuable resource when developing consistent whole school practises from K to Year 6.
Respect and responsibility are the key values at Braeside Primary School and many programs and incentives are used to promote it throughout the school year. Shared leadership is evident in school processes including the democratically chosen student councillors, faction captains and accessing of learning experiences in the Young Leader’s Conference and Year 6 Camp in Term 2 each year.
Braeside is a ‘Crunch and Sip School’, ‘Asthma Friendly’, ‘Sun Smart’ and ‘Peanut Free’. Braeside caters for all students with provision of a variety of programs including Choir, swimming, cross country, winter carnival events and athletics.
Braeside staff include the Principal, Associate Principal, Manager Corporate Services, School Officers, Library Officer, AIEO, Gardener and Cleaners. There are seventeen Teaching staff, including an Arts Specialist Teacher. The school has seven Education Assistants; three are directly employed to meet the special needs of individual students.