Welcome to Central Perth Elementary School. We are a rural K to 8 school of approximately 220 students in the region of Perth East just outside the town of Wartburg in Ellice Township. Central Perth rests in the middle of a pastoral landscape surrounded by farms and rolling hills. The school yard is a picture perfect mix of green space dotted with colourful playground equipment, an asphalt play area and a treed nature area. The students recently planted 240 spruce trees around the periphery of the yard as part of a greening project.
Central Perth opened in 1968 and has served several generations of families in the area over the years. The school culture is marked by strong and enduring academic performance, close staff-student relationships, a supportive family community, and exceptional civic responsibility by students. Family support for Central Perth is also significant; community members volunteer their time for our Reading Assistance Program and our School Council financially supports student excursions, special events, and instructional tools via a myriad of fundraising initiatives. Our students demonstrate positive interpersonal skills and a concern for the environment; CPES was designated an Eco-Silver school in May 2014.
This is the fifth year that Central Perth ES is running the Full Day Learning Program (FDL) for our kindergarten students. Students in FDL use an inquiry based program to facilitate learning; students use play- based learning to generate questions that are used by teachers and Early Childhood Educators (ECE’s) to develop curriculum planning.
If you are interested in registering for Junior Kindergarten, please note that our Calling All Three Year Old’s (CATYO) date is set for Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in the morning. All interested parents are asked to call our secretary, Judi Allen to register for CATYO at 519-393-5300, ext. 3.
Central Perth places emphasis on digital technology. We are proud to carry not only the Next Generation Learning program for grade 7 and 8 students where these students receive an AMDSB Board owned iPad, but we also run a junior one-to-one iPad program that is sponsored through school funds for all junior students. Our junior students have access to a school purchased iPad that can be used for co-curricular learning. Central Perth has also been a participant in the Robotics program that has been supported by Stratford based D & D Automation; students have learned software programs to develop strategies to program robots for competitions. This is a tech-savvy school with knowledgeable staff that can meet the digital technology needs of today’s students for tomorrow’s world.
Central Perth hosts a Learning Commons that includes a recording studio, a mobile set of laptops, a set of 8 robots and a robotics arena, a Maker Space, and a 3D printer. Students have access to the most up-to-date digital technology tools and hands-on tools for building and innovating. We use a grass roots model where students drive the learning and staff supports and guides the process.
Our Primary and Junior EQAO results will be released to the public in September, 2016. Please visit the EQAO website for more information at www.eqao.com/results in September.
This year, we celebrate 50 years as a school. We look forward to celebrating our long and rich history in the spring of 2018 when ceremonies will be held to honour our former faculty and students. Stay tuned for details.
I look forward to another productive and learning filled year. I enjoy serving the school community and I invite parents to join me as partners in their child’s education. My door is always open, so please feel free to drop by.
Carol Rauser, Principal.