Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the school?

We are located at Eton Farm, 145 Summerfield Rd in Serpentine. The school site is situated on a portion of the farm; however, the whole 160 acres is available for the school to use.

Eton Farm is a working farm with Beef Cattle and Horse Agistment.

How big is the school?

We started the school in 2020 with 3 Primary and 12 part time students. Covid-19 was a shock to us all however didn’t have a large effect on our enrolments. We found that families were looking for more space for their children.

At the end of 2020 we increased to 5 full time and 27 part time students.
2021 has started with a consolidation of students with 8 Primary and 27 part time students.

2022 started with an increase of numbers in all classes and the addition of  Year 4’s.    2023 is looking positive with classes filling up quickly and the with the addition of Year 5’s and in 2024 the addition of Year 6’s.     Our building plans for 2024 will include two new primary classrooms and hopefully, a purpose built Art and Music Room.

What years do you cover?

In 2023 we offer classes :

Pre-Kindy: 1 1/2 days per week

Kindy:  2 days for first term and 3 days for terms 2,3 & 4.
Pre-Primary to Year 5 are compulsory schooling and is full time.

In addition, we also offer Art & Music classes for Under 3’s and 2 year old’s ( Tutus’) each term.

In 2024, we will add Year 6.

Do you have mixed aged classes?

In 2023 we have mixed age groups in our primary years.  We always consider the needs of the students first and determine what class group they should be a part of for the very best outcome for their learning needs.

In what ways is your school different to others?

Students do not wear a uniform.

Primary students start the day with Music and also have other classes during the week.
Pre-Kindy and Kindy students have two sessions of Music and Art each week.

All students have Art classes with our Art teacher Trish in a designated indoor/outdoor space named after the Noongar word for Magpie – ‘Coolbardi’.

Play is an important part of our day. Structured and unstructured! Primary students get a ‘brain break’ outside when they full of knowledge and need a breath of fresh air!

On the farm there is a mud patch (in the Winter) which is yearned for, during the summer months.

We teach Noongar as a language.

Our class sizes for the Primary students will never exceed 20 and we will always consider the cohort and the needs of the students. Class sizes will be determined by this consideration.

We don’t punish or degrade any child. Our behaviour management is based on the needs of the students at the moment.

We encourage the students to make the right choices, take responsibility for their own actions and for them to understand that there is a right and wrong with consequences for all actions.

We want our students to be resilient and take calculated risks.

Classes for Pre-Kindy are 10, Kindy 12 and Pre-Primary 15 as a maximum.

There is no homework. If we don’t cover it during the day it can be picked up at another time.

Excursions are an important part of our program. We plan at least one major excursion every term, however, there are usually more including incursions too!

We have a School Bus so we can take the children on regular excursions or outings to maximise the opportunities available in our location of Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale .

We are involved in Community events like National Tree Day, Food and Farm Fest.

We are National Child Safe Organisation.

We are a Sun Smart School.

We are a Waste-Sorted School

Does my child need to be vaccinated?

All children attending our school need to be vaccinated as part of our school Enrolment Policy.
There are exemptions that are available as set out W.A. Health Department, more information here.

How many teachers are there?

Trish – Art Teacher and Curriculum Co-ordinator

Sophia– Primary class teacher

Mel-Kindy teacher

Sharon C – Pre-Primary teacher

Sharon PB – Pre-Kindy teacher and Primary class teacher

Jen-Primary class teacher and PE teacher

Belinda-Education Assistant

Tayla –  Education Assistant

Emily – Education Assistant

Principal Mary is also a Music Teacher.

How much does it cost?

See here for our current fee schedule

Do you have a selection policy?

We are a fully inclusive school and welcome any students to come to our school. Our aim is to have a balanced cohort in all classes to enable us to meet the needs of all children.

How does my child get in?

To gain enrolment in Eton Farm Education; we have a three (3) step procedure:

  • Complete an Application for Enrolment and pay a non-refundable $75 Application Fee
  • Interview
  • Contract of Enrolment with non-refundable $250 Enrolment Fee

When determining the priority of enrolment, consideration is given to:

  • The needs of the student
  • If we are able to cater for them within the classroom cohort
  • Date of Application for Enrolment
  • Available spaces
  • Students with siblings already enrolled at Eton Farm Education
  • Students whose families support the philosophy of Eton Farm Education
  • Are willing to become actively involved in the school community
  • Students likely to remain at the school for a significant time

Our maximum enrolment will not exceed Occupancy conditions.

Once enrolled, students and their families are expected to support the school’s expectations in relation to our philosophy, regular fee payments and comply with the school policies and procedures.

The school will collect and maintains records relating to all students’ family and medical information. All children must be fully vaccinated and Immunisation History Statement is required unless evidence of exemptions is provided.   All information is required to enable the school to meet its legal obligations to State and Federal Government for funding and to discharge the duty of care.

Parents and Carers are responsible for ensuring that all pertinent information is kept up to date by promptly informing the school of any change in circumstances.

Do you respect gender differentiation ?

We have a gender-neutral learning environment in which teachers and students avoid gender stereotyping and aim to ensure that all learners are appreciated, respected and treated equally.

Do you follow the same curriculum as other schools?

Our teaching programs cover the eight learning areas outlined in the West Australian Curriculum.

In what ways are the parents involved ?

We highly value the support of parents and carers.  Parents and carers are welcome during events, either excursions and incursions, are social events during the year.

An important role for any parent or carer is to become a member of the School Board.  Here you will be able to make decisions for the future and help to develop our young and burgeoning school.