Our History

Previously known as the Rose Park Family Unit, our school originally began in 1980 following extensive discussion and planning between initiating parents, teachers and the then Principal of Rose Park Primary School (RPPS). The shared aim and purpose was to provide an alternative path for progressive education within the public school system. As a result, the Family Unit became an offered program available at RPPS.

The Family UnitĀ  was originally founded on a set of agreed principles and beliefs which continue to underpin the basic philosophy of our school today.

These include:

  • Child centered learning
  • Social development as a critical contributor to academic success
  • Problem solving and discovery/inquiry learning
  • Cross age learning and mutual support between different ages
  • Placing high value on all individuals and striving to empower young people to discover and effect theirĀ  goals, in a way that promotes respect for themselves and others regardless of age, gender, cultural background, appearance, religion and level of individual achievement
  • Child/parent/caregiver/staff collaboration for each child’s learning journey

At the end of 2011, Education Minister, Jay Weatherill, recognised the value of providing public educational choices for families and supported the Family Unit community by his commitment to finding a new site in which to build upon the philosophies and progressive education pedagogies of the Family Unit.

In April 2012, the Family Unit relocated as a DECD school in its own right with the new name, Felixstow Community School, celebrating the rich history of the Unit whilst looking forward to possibilities as a school for future generations.

On the 4th of December 2012 Felixstow Community School was officially opened by Premier Jay Weatherill.

The school continues to focus on progressive education practices and current educational research from around the world to inform our practice.