About Highgate Primary School
Highgate Primary School is one of the oldest schools in the Perth metropolitan area with a rich and vibrant history. Highgate Primary School is less than 2 kilometres north from the centre of Perth city. It is approximately a 30 minute walk from the general post office to school. The school is bounded by Lincoln Street, Bulwer Avenue, Bulwer Street and Grant Street.
Highgate Primary School opened on 1 November 1895 with 80 children. Buildings were then added as the student population grew. By 1897 there were so many children a separate Infants’ School needed to be built. The Infants’ School was eventually built in 1899. In 1975, the Infants’ and Senior schools were amalgamated to form Highgate Primary School.
To accommodate a rapidly growing student population, many additions have been made to the school. In 1999, the Undercover Area was built. In 2001, two purpose built demountables for Pre-Primary and Kindergarten were added to the school. In 2008, a new library was opened. In 2011, new additions to the school include a purpose built art room and new classrooms located behind the assembly area. In 2017 we opened a new 8 classroom purpose built Early Childhood Centre, Sandri House. A state of the art building that has won many awards it currently houses our Pre-Primary and Year 1 classes.
Our current school population is 820 with approximately 60 students attending our Intensive English Program. The school community, though changing, still represents over 70 different nationalities. Our unique cultural diversity provides a very practical understanding of the global community for our students and is one feature of our school that is highly valued.
The Highgate Primary school community is drawn from local suburbs surrounding the school, but also due to the Intensive English Program we offer and its inner city location, draws students from across the metropolitan area. This makes our community vibrant, rich and culturally diverse.
The different family structures in the school reflect our diversity and encompassing ethos. The curriculum we offer provides many opportunities for the school to include all groups in a meaningful way. We consider ourselves an integral part of the local community.