Warrimoo Public has strong connection to community


NICE OUTLOOK: The expansive grounds of Warrimoo Public School back onto the Blue Mountains National Park.

NICE OUTLOOK: The expansive grounds of Warrimoo Public School back onto the Blue Mountains National Park.

Warrimoo Public School prides itself on its connection with the community, particularly when it comes to the Rural Fire Service.

Principal Tony Jeff said the school had a long-held partnership with the Warrimoo RFS where all students were given the opportunity to engage with the organisation in "student-led inquiry research".

It also hosts the annual "Warrimoo Rural Fire Service Get Ready Weekend".

So successful is the program that last year the school was awarded the Highly Commended Resilient Australia National School Award for the partnered program with Warrimoo Rural Fire Service called "Getting Bushfire Ready at Warrimoo Public School". The award was presented at Parliament House.

The co-education public school was built in 1962 and caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

"When Warrimoo Public School first opened there were 87 school-aged children living within the community of Warrimoo and many more pre-school aged children for future years to come: so the need was great," Mr Jeff said.

"Frederick Alec Waters was appointed as the founding principal of Warrimoo Public School and remained here until 1966."

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Mr Jeff said land for the school was purchased on behalf of the Department of Education from Alan Patman, who previously used it as a dairy farm.

"To this day, towards the rear of the grounds there are the remains of old wells used for holding fresh water."

The school backs onto the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 are taught the full K-6 curriculum and there are opportunities for those with special needs or those who are gifted and talented.

STEM based coding and robotics opportunities are available as well as the chance to take part in dancing, gymnastics, yoga and African drumming.

"The students performed at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre recently as part of the Blue Mountains and Nepean Performing Arts Festival," Mr Jeff said.