About our school
Lockridge Primary School is part of a strong, proud community.
Our school motto, “Wisdom and Courage”, derived from the traits of our mascot, the Gryphon, is reflected in the strength of our community. The people of Lockridge are steadfast in their connection to our school and the land on which we learn and grow together is culturally and historically rich. These two qualities provide a strong foundation on which to help our students become quality social citizens.
Located in the City of Swan, we are fortunate to be on country that has been inhabited for over 40,000 years by the Whadjuk Noongar people. The land around our school is rich in culturally and spiritually significant sites, important to our First Nations people. One these spiritual sites is the bend in the Swan River near Success Hill, where the Waugal lives. Central to Noongar culture and belief, the Waugal is the serpent that created the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River). In 1837, the land was purchased by early settler, Edward Hamersley. Hamersley became a prominent landowner throughout the metropolitan and wheatbelt regions and was a member of the Guildford Board of Education from 1861 to 1867. The suburb took its name from Lockeridge House, which was built by his son Samuel in 1874, in the year of Edward’s passing.
We are a values-driven school, who pride ourselves on fostering a culture through our positive approach to relationships, learning and life. This approach helps us support our students to understand and demonstrate our values of RESPECT, SAFE and HIGH STANDARDS. These values help our students exhibit the skills necessary to live strong, healthy lives, with the term, ‘Lockridge Strong’ becoming synonymous with our school community over recent years when celebrating our successes.
Our diverse student population is one of our unique strengths. It comprises a proud cohort of Aboriginal students (approximately 35% of our student cohort), a large group of students with UK/Anglo-Saxon heritage and many students hailing from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and other parts of Europe. We are proud to have approximately 30 nationalities represented within our student cohort, which reflects how our country can bring people together to all be Australian. We are proud that many of our students come from a lineage of long-time Lockridge families, yet, we are equally fortunate to have had new families move into our area over the years, all of whom have added to the rich tapestry of our school community.
In 2021, our school celebrated its 50th Anniversary; our Golden Jubilee. The original school, built in 1971, was demolished and rebuilt during 2009, with the new school opening in 2010. Our buildings are named to honour our Aboriginal heritage, with the Kwela (sheoak tree) being important to river creatures; the Moodja (Christmas tree) being home for many flying creatures; and the Baroo (grass tree) helping land creatures. Our Library, Kuditj (learning) and Canteen, Ngaarn (to eat), also celebrate our Noongar Country.