Welcome to our School

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.

We are moving into a new era at Modbury West School with a recently completed STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) area and a renewed focus on improving the Literacy and Numeracy learning outcomes of our students.

In 2018 our students access quality learning from the Australian Curriculum and outstanding Arts, PE and Science programs with specialist teachers. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a full range of extra-curricular activities including junior and senior choir, netball, football, basketball, instrumental music (guitar, drums and keyboard), student leadership committee R-7 and Marimba ensemble. The “Buddy Class” system is organised across the school to develop friendships R-7. We encourage and support our students to take on additional roles as assembly roadies, choir assistants, front office assistants, lunch time play leaders, grounds support, recycling monitors etc. and a variety of academic competitions.

Modbury West has extensive and beautifully maintained grounds that are highly valued by the school community. Features include native gardens, planting beds for student gardening, oval, junior primary playground and adventure playground for older children, shaded sandpit and netball and basketball courts. Our Resource Centre is upgraded and a welcoming place, open before school and during lunch times.

We are extremely proud of the professional staff, the students and the families who make Modbury West School such an outstanding learning community.

Organised tours of our school are available throughout the year, so please contact our front office to book a time to see our school in action.

Kind regards,
Sue Wirth

2019 School Times

8:40am (bell) – Classrooms open
8:45am (bell) – 10mins settling time
8:55 – 9:45am – Lesson 1
9:45 – 10:35am – Lesson 2
10:35 – 10:55am (bell) – Recess
10:55 – 11:45am – Lesson 3
11:45am – 12:35pm – Lesson 4
12:35 – 12:45pm – eating time
12:45 – 1:24pm (bell) – Lunch play
1:25 – 2:15pm – Lesson 5
2:15 – 3:05pm (bell) – Lesson 6

Key Documents

The School Context Statement gives a detailed overview of Modbury West School.

Annual Report

(PDF, 1MB)

External Review

(PDF, 3MB)

Site Improvement Plan

(PDF, 666KB)


At Modbury West School we offer many programs and activities which enhance student learning and wellbeing.

The school curriculum we offer sits within the broad context of the Australian Curriculum Version 8.1 (hyperlink below).

As well as offering outstanding Performing Arts and PE programs with specialist teachers, our students have the opportunity to participate in a full range of extra curricular activities including junior and senior choir, netball, football, basketball, instrumental music, recycling, and a variety of academic competitions through the University of NSW.

Our specialist PE teacher works with classes each week with an emphasis on participation and collaboration. Students from Year 5 have the opportunity to represent our school in SAPSASA (SA Primary Schools Sports Association) competitions in sports such as netball, athletics, cross country and swimming.

We hold a sports day each year where students in house teams participate in a program of cooperative tabloid events and sprints. With parent support we are able to offer after school sport competition and students are able to play basketball through our OSHC program. Students across the school participate in either swimming or aquatics lessons each year.

Year 5, 6 & 7 students have the opportunity to join our Senior Choir which works towards a performance at the Festival Theatre in September each year during the Festival of Music. The opportunity exists for students to audition as a soloist, compere, member of the dance troupe or as an orchestral member at this Festival.

Reception to Year 4 students are able to join our Junior Singers choir. Both choirs also perform at our annual music evening, school assemblies and other events.

Learning Support
We regularly monitor student learning and offer support in a variety of ways for students who are not achieving as well as we would like. We have a Reading Intervention Teacher who works with small groups of students on intensive intervention programs. Our Junior Primary classes have the support of an SSO for 90 minutes each morning during Literacy learning time.

Students in Year 3-7 classes are supported in small groups by teachers and SSO’s. We access DECD Speech Pathologists, Psychologists and Attendance Counsellors where necessary. Learning programs for students receiving extra help are planned and documented in an Individual Learning Plan and are regularly evaluated for their effectiveness


Between 1840 and 1865, William Masson leased the land on which the school is now built. In 1857, Mr Masson and his sons constructed a paddle steamer on the land, using timber from a huge red-gum tree growing there. He named it the Mosquito.

Local reminiscence has it that the PS Mosquito was constructed under a large red-gum tree which still stands in the grounds of the Modbury West School, which can be seen above. The event is described in detail in Ian Auhl’s book, “From Settlement to City: a history of the District of Tea Tree Gully 1836-1993”.

As part of the South Australian Jubilee 150 celebrations in 1986, the school constructed a wooden replica of the PS Mosquito. This also served as a piece of play equipment for the students. The memory of the event lived on when, in 1998, the wooden construction was replaced with a new brightly coloured framework still in the shape of a paddle steamer.

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