Hackham East Primary School Hackham East Primary School

Welcome to Hackham East Schools

Hackham East Primary School is located in the metropolitan area 30km south of Adelaide between the Southern Beaches and Southern Vales. The school opened in 1973. It has a strong teaching focus on wellbeing, literacy, numeracy, and digital technologies.


We have developed a strong reputation within the community as a school that focuses on the social and emotional needs of all students. Using the “Play is the Way” (PITW) philosophy our aim is to raise children considerate of themselves, others and the world in which they live, with sound reasons for the things they say and do. Central to our goal is the development of positive interpersonal skills, self-control, self-motivation and reflective thinking by raising empathy levels and providing opportunities to enact virtuous behaviour and tolerance towards others.


Hackham East Primary School is committed to developing Behaviour Education and Self-Management (BESM). We embrace a values based approach to education and this underpins our culture. We see BESM as a responsibility of the entire school community. Students, parents and teachers need to have a clear understanding of what is expected in regards to how we treat each other, to ensure a welcoming learning environment that is supportive and safe and is conducive to learning.


At Hackham East PS we believe it is the quality of the teacher that is the critical factor in ensuring positive outcomes for all students. Teachers at Hackham East PS are skilled in developing strong working relationships with students and parents. It is the strength of these relationships that give students the confidence to work effectively with others to achieve their personal best.


We believe all students can achieve success. Our job is to ensure every student has the opportunity to do so. The most effective way to achieve this is to develop each student’s social and emotional capabilities. We therefore do not use rewards, praise or punishments to manipulate students. In line with the PITW philosophy we want students to leave Hackham East PS as self-motivated learners who do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.


Teachers at Hackham East PS are committed to academic excellence as opposed to being excellent academically. Excellence is a virtue. It is not a finite goal. At Hackham East it’s about striving to push past prior accomplishments.


We offer many opportunities for our students to develop into well rounded citizens through, healthy active lifestyles, including a focus on sport, healthy eating and vegetable gardening. A strong focus on the arts including a Kapa Haka program, participation in Festival of Music Choir, single gender education programs contribute positively to the engagement of our students.


To enable the development of 21st Century Capabilities the school has developed a culture of collaboration with extensive use of digital technologies and film making.


At Hackham East PS we value input from parents and members of the community. We structure many opportunities to involve parents in the operations of the school and have an active, supportive Governing Council.


The School's motto 'We care, Share and Learn' is reflected through all we do.