Join one of three school tours on Monday 17 September, which showcase Western Australian schools across the three sectors.

Each tour bus will depart from the Crown Towers hotel at 8.30am. You will travel to one school in the morning where you will tour the school for 90 minutes and enjoy morning tea and one school in the afternoon for a 90 minute tour and lunch. Participants will be delivered back to the Crown Towers between 1.30pm – 2.00pm.

The cost is $50 + GST per person which includes transport and catering. Please include dietary requirements in your registration. Numbers limited to 20 participants per tour on a first in basis.

Please click on the school name for a outline of the school and further information about the visit.

Catholic Schools Tour

St Maria Goretti's Catholic School is a double stream co-educational primary school for students from Pre-K to Year 6. Serving the community of Belmont for more than 60 years, over the last five years the school has undergone a complete physical, cultural and pedagogical transformation.

Through the adoption of an integrated strategy of the right staff, facilities, culture, investment and marketing, St Maria Goretti's Catholic School has been able to deliver improved academic results and a growing enrolment base, at a time when all schools are struggling to retain their share of voice and competition for funding dollars has never been greater.

Participants on the tour will witness and experience:

  • The tangible outcome of a multi-million redevelopment and building program that has delivered state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities
  • A powerful example of cultural inclusion for an entire school community, by visiting the 'Moort Waabiny' Aboriginal playgroup
  • The intangible value of being in an environment that expects, promotes and encourages all children, regardless of their socio-economic background, to reach their potential and which embodies the school's motto: 'To nurture and educate'.

Key strategic programs currently underway and delivering results include:

  • Teaching and Learning Cycle
  • Words Their Way
  • Big Write
  • Learning Support - Response to Intervention
  • One-One Program
  • After school Coding Club


Padbury Catholic Primary School provides a future focused and creative learning environment for the students. Across the whole school there is a commitment to iStar, a progressive framework for learning and teaching. It is a common language used across Padbury Catholic School, reduced to a simple acronym, designed to connect teaching and learning practices across all areas of the school.

The iStar acronym:

  • Inform/inspire
  • Show/share
  • Try/transfer
  • Apply/act
  • Review/revise

OneNote is a Microsoft program that allows teachers, students and parents to access class materials from anywhere in the world. The teachers from years 4-6 at Padbury Catholic have worked hard this year to implement Class Notebooks in their class for all students. OneNote as a tool allows teachers to keep all of their curriculum in one place for their students. As a student, OneNote is where they can find all of their homework, assignments, subject and lesson resources and feedback from their teacher. As a parent you can use OneNote to get a glimpse into what your student is learning and can bring those conversations to the table at home.

What you will see on the tour:

  • What iStar is and how it is used.
  • How iStar works in classrooms and across the school.
  • The benefits of iStar for teachers, students, leaders and the school community
  • How we are using OneNote in our classrooms.
  • How to access student Notebooks at home
  • Accessing Notebook’s on different device.

Respect * Excellence * Sacredness * Togetherness

Independent Schools Tour

Penrhos College Junior School is a Uniting Church single gender girls school of approximately 400 students from Pre Kinder (3 years) to Year 6 (12 years). The school has one Pre Kinder class and is double streamed from Years Kindergarten to Year 4 and triple stream in Years 5 and 6. The Penrhos College vision is 'To Inspire girls to become Extraordinary Women'. There are articulated College Core shared values; Respect, Empathy, Integrity, Knowledge, Growth and Synergy. Educationally we believe in the Whole person paradigm of Mind, Heart, Body and Spirit. tom

There are four pillars of Inspiration:

  • Inspirational Staff
  • Inspirational Student Experiences
  • Inspirational and Enduring Community
  • Inspirational Environment.

In the Junior School, we have a specific Vision that supports the aspiration of the overarching vision of the College It is 'To create a future focused learning culture that empowers students to become independent, engaged, fulfilled, holistic learners'. To fulfil this vision we have clear strategies that include: working with Lee Watanabe Crockett as a Global Digital Citizen Foundation school which embraces the use of Essential Fluencies and 10 shifts of Practice.

Visiting delegates can see this work in action and staff using and sharing Wabi Sabi, which demonstrates online portfolio creation, personalised learning, immediate feedback and seamless formative assessment. Enjoy our STEM laboratory and demonstration of coding and robotics from Kindergarten to Year 6.


Hale School is Western Australia's oldest independent school, opening 1858. It is a day and boarding school for boys and is set on 50 hectares, just 10kms from the Perth CBD and a few kilometres from the coast. The Junior School is being rebuilt with the final stage due for completion in September, 2018. A Pre-Primary is being introduced and additional streams are being added to a number of grades.

When designing the new Junior School the architects worked very closely with the school as they set about understanding the School's vision for education, education for boys and how education may evolve in the future. As part of the brief the architects were conscious of the magnificent Hale grounds and designed learning spaces that encapsulated the natural bush setting. As a result, the learning spaces are very flexible, allowing teachers to be responsive to the boys needs at any time of the day. In a matter of seconds the rooms can move from spaces ideal for explicit teaching to open rooms allowing the boys to break out into large common areas or outside courtyards for more collaborative activities.

Feedback from the boys is that they love the flexibility they have to sit in a variety of areas to suit their learning style and the task at hand.  They feel the learning spaces are calming and enhance their concentration. To hear boys say 'all schools should be like this', says it all!

Goverment Schools Tour

Makybe Rise Primary School implements the AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) system as a school improvement tool.  AVID is a system which longs to integrate with other systems and adds value to everything else schools do.  It is based upon four domains which drive school improvement:  Instructional Excellence, Culture, Leadership and Systems.  AVID believes that if we hold all teachers and students accountable to the highest standards, and provide the social support they need, the will rise to the challenge.  AVID teaches students to raise their expectations for themselves and then gives them the skills they need to achieve those new expectations.

Underpinning school wide AVID implementation is the explicit teaching of WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Reading, Organisation, and reading) in every lesson within every learning area.  Delegates would be provided a tour of classrooms across year levels and learning areas to observe the ways in which WICOR strategies increase the rigour, depth and engagement of teaching and learning necessary to prepare students for lifelong learning.

Classroom observations would include:

  • Strategies for classroom culture
  • Critical reading strategies
  • Socratic seminars
  • Interactive notebooks
  • Goal setting and evaluation
  • Metacognitive reflections on WICOR strategies and students’ own learning
  • Strategies to address The Curve of Forgetting


Endeavour Schools is truly inclusive environment which consists of two independent public schools (Endeavour Primary School and Endeavour Education Support Centre) working under the one banner.  The underlying school beliefs, staffing arrangements, operational structures and layout is what sets Endeavour Schools apart from other co-located primary and education support centre setting.  A key component is students are seen as Endeavour students not a primary student or education support student.  A visit by delegates would highlight this.

A potential visit could include the following:

  • Opportunities to visit Endeavour classrooms and see Endeavour students in action.
  • How opportunities are provided across the Schools to develop staff.
  • How school programs work across the unique setting.
  • Opportunity to meet and talk with staff within the Endeavour leadership structure.
  • Opportunity to meet and talk with school board members who are part of a combined school board.
  • Opportunity to explain and highlight operational and philosophical practices that make this unique arrangement work.
  • How nature play principles have been incorporated into school play areas/designs.

The key focus would be on how a shared philosophy and strong community aspiration are used to support the needs of all students regardless what section their enrolment falls under. Endeavour Schools have a strong ethos of being a warm caring and friendly community where every child is treated as a valued individual and is reflected in our motto ‘Every Child is Special’. Endeavour Schools are a Friendly and Fun (FAF) School, with this philosophy adopted within our values education and daily school life.

Start time:Monday, 17 September 2018 08:30
End time:Monday, 17 September 2018 13:30
Location: Crown Perth
RSVP by:Friday, 17 August 2018 00:00
APPA Conference School Tour: $55.00 inc. GST ($50.00 ex. GST)
Start time:Monday, 17 September 2018 08:30
End time:Monday, 17 September 2018 13:30
Location: Crown Perth
RSVP by:Friday, 17 August 2018 00:00
APPA Conference School Tour: $55.00 inc. GST ($50.00 ex. GST)
Start time:Monday, 17 September 2018 08:30
End time:Monday, 17 September 2018 13:30
Location: Crown Perth
RSVP by:Friday, 17 August 2018 00:00
APPA Conference School Tour: $55.00 inc. GST ($50.00 ex. GST)
Thank you for your interest in attending this event. Please be aware that online registrations for this event have now closed.
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list or would like further information about this event, please contact us.