Aldgate Primary School is a small to medium size school set in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. The school motto is ‘Learning together for a sustainable future’ reflects a strong history of environmental awareness that has been part significant part of the schools culture.
Aldgate Primary provides a safe learning environment in a calm and relaxed setting. The school places an emphasis on students being resilient learners who are able to work with others in a respectful manner while developing their confidence as individuals. The school has produced high academic results in recent years.
In recent years the school has undergone significant growth, over doubling in size. This has resulted in many changes, consequently the school is examining its vision statement, values and mission statement to ensure it is relevant to its current demographic. This will be a consultative process and involving students, staff and families.
The school is receiving a facilities upgrade through the STEM building works. This will support the teaching of STEM at Aldgate Primary and will be a key focus of the school in the coming years.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities. These include: Festival of Music Choir, Chess Club, Fencing, ICAS, Australian Maths Competition, Volleyball, Instrumental Music Programs (drums, guitar and piano) and a variety of SAPSASA sports.
Aldgate Primary ensures student welfare through a range of programs and support mechanisms. A student social worker is employed by the school to help the support the social and emotional well-being of the students. The Play Is the Way Program is implemented throughout the school and is a practical methodology for teaching social and emotional learning.
External programs such as ones provided by the Life Education organisation and SAPOL are used in conjunction with The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum. All classes have a buddy class where older students work with younger students either individually or as a group. Student Representative Council and the Student Executive Committee provide students with a voice in addressing student welfare.
Communication comes via the school newsletter, class newsletters and email and text message bulletins. Parents, staff and students have an opportunity to provide feedback via the annual client opinion surveys. In recent years the feedback has been very positive. Survey results are able to be viewed in the annual report.