Hillcrest 2016 & Beyond

Hillcrest Primary SchoolOver the past few years, Hillcrest has been transforming to provide an even better education for our students. Some of these initiatives include:


Hillcrest - Independent Public School

There is an opportunity for up to 50 schools to gain IPS status for 2017 and Hillcrest Primary School is currently undertaking the process toward gaining IPS status.


Dan Bralich, Principal and Nadia Wittkowsky, School Chair will make a formal presentation to the IPS review committee on Monday 22 August 2016 in a bid to gain IPS status from 2017. Notification of selection outcomes will be advised on Friday 9 September 2016.


“IPS accreditation will be a validation of our demonstrated capacity to willingly accept responsibilities and accountabilities associated with IPS autonomy.”


Read more about Hillcrest: IPS

The Hillcrest Way

The Hillcrest Way is a whole school teaching expectation. Staff  collaboratively develop programs and initiatives specifically to support our students including:

  • collaborative DOTT timetabling enabling literacy and numeracy blocks, phase of development team meetings,
  • STARR positive behaviour program
  • Literacy - Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar program in collaboration with International Centre for Excellence (ICE)
  • Numeracy - use of numeracy leader and embedded practice expectations
  • Additional pastoral care support including rainbows program, Rock and Water program
  • Learning intervention focus team (LIFT) created to assist with identification of students required individual case management
  • Every student every day - attendance action plan


The Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programs have seen gradual improvements in the overall literacy standard of our students. Deputy Principal Liz Ford attended the international conference in July to present on the success of the Jolly Grammar program at Hillcrest Primary School.


Bee BotsDigital Technologies

Digital Technologies is an integral part of the WA curriculum and this is an important focus for Hillcrest Primary School to ensure students and teachers stay up to date with the current technology. A specialist Digital Technologies teacher teachers all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 and has also started a very popular CoderDojo coding club to reinforce the technology learning in a fun, after school environment.


Positive Behaviour

Hillcrest Primary School has adopted a positive behaviour approach - STARR
We have developed a STARR acronym that represents:
Safety – Teamwork – Achievement – Respect – Responsibility

Each fortnight focuses on a particular behaviour and all behaviours are entwined in the everyday behaviour and expectations of students and staff. Staff teach and model the behaviour and recognise students who exhibit it with STARR stamps on their card. STAR
When students achieve 100 stamps they are awarded a STARR 100 certificate and receive a limited STARR wristband that identifies them as a student who demonstrates Hillcrest STARR qualities.


Early Childhood Centre

In 2016 we opened a new $1.2 million Early Childhood Centre to cater for all Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students. A nature playground is a fantastic play space for all the students to enjoy. In addition to the investment made by the Department of Education, the school community have also helped improve the play and learning environment for our Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students with new sandpit, decking, log steppers and more. The P&C and sustainability committee  were the drivers behind this positive project.


New AdminNew Administration

Also in 2016, Hillcrest Primary School opened its new $1.3million Administration building which has created a welcoming, professional statement for all students, staff and visitors to the school. The welcoming garden created by our gardener is a colourful and fun statement in upcycling objects that may have been otherwise gone to landfill.

This new administration building has enabled the school to develop a conference room for small group work, meetings and incursions; designated office space for the school psychologist and school nurse and more space for the P&C operations including uniform shop and school banking.


PlaygroupCommunity Playgroup

Hillcrest Community Playgroup is another intiative to enable Hillcrest Primary School to engage with the community and families of children yet to reach school age. The playgroup is open to all families with children aged 0-4 to come and play in a safe, fun environment while also getting the chance to meet other parents and become familiar with the school surroundings. It also provides the opportunity for parents to chat with school contacts including the nurse, school psychologist and other contacts within the school.


Sustainable HillcrestSustainability

Hillcrest has a strong focus on sustainability. A sustainability committee with parent, community and school representatives have initiated and driven a number of projects. These projects have reduced spending and improved sustainability of the school including installing waterwise taps, planning for solar panels to be installed before start of 2017 school year, energy smart procedures, rain water tanks, vegetable gardens, upcycled gardens and re-greening the school with native trees and plants.


Community Partnerships

Hillcrest has forged strong community partnerships with various entities including ECU Mt Lawley, Foodbank, Prac Teaching Placements, Curtin – Mindfulness Research, UWA research projects, ICE, Environmental House and City of Bayswater.


Extra Curriculum Opportunities

Hillcrest has a strong focus on providing out of school hours opportunities for students.

  • Helping Hands Hillcrest is a strong partner of the school providing before and after school and vacation care for students.
  • The Sporting Schools program has been offered since inception in 2014 to enable students to participate in different sports out of school hours at no cost.
  • Chess Club, Music Rocks and CoderDojo all offer after school activities on site at Hillcrest
  • Homework club and animation club are offered by teachers at lunch time and after school
  • Breakfast Club is offered to all students before school twice a week as Hillcrest acknowledges the importance of nutrition to enabling learning and concentration.

Parents & Citizens Committee

Hillcrest has a successful and active P&C who undertake various roles for the school. These include running the canteen, uniform shop, school banking and numerous fundraising programs. The P&C has a strong focus on benefitting all students across the school. Their major 2016 project is contributing to the solar panels program which will reduce the schools environmental footprint and save money for the school immediately and for the long term.

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Uniform Order Form

Summer Canteen Menu

Online Canteen ordering

Book Club 

School Banking every Friday morning

Payments for any P&C activity is cash only. Please do not make any payments for the P&C to the school bank account.

Hillcrest Primary School

Phone: 9370 2330

2 Bay View Street
Bayswater WA 6053

Kindergarten: 9371 1438

Pre-Primary: 9271 5694

Canteen: 0413 418 037

Dental: 9271 7184


Class Bell Times
First Siren - 8.50am
Morning Tea - 10.25am to 10.45am
Lunch - 12.15pm to 12.50pm
School Ends - 3.00pm

Early Childhood 8.40am - 2.50pm

School Office Times
8.15am to 3.30pm