Pilgrim School is a primary school with classes from Reception to Year 7.
The school follows the new Australian Curriculum with an inquiry-based learning program.
Students have specialist teachers for Music, Physical Education, Language and Resource Based Learning .
In May 2010 Pilgrim opened new facilities including science/art and cooking areas. The National School Pride funding also allowed for refurbishment of six other classrooms. These facilities have been named "The Oasis" building.
Pilgrim is situated within the Aberfoyle Park Primary School Campus with two other primary schools and a preschool.
Aberfoyle Park is a metropolitan suburb situated in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, between Flagstaff Hill and Happy Valley.
As at School Census Date, August 2015:
Student attendance for 2015 data collection period for the first Semester (including Reception students) was an average of 94.4%. Average attendance for Indigenous students for this period was 94.6%.
YEAR LEVEL % ATTENDANCE JANUARY - JULY 2015
Reception 92.4 %
Year 1 94.2 %
Year 2 94.2 %
Year 3 93.2 %
Year 4 94.6 %
Year 5 95.1 %
Year 6 94.9 %
Year 7 96.3 %
AVERAGE ATTENDANCE 94.4%
Non-attendance of students is followed up on a daily basis. If no notification of a student absence has been received, the school will contact the person responsible for the student by phone.
Families intending to have extended holidays during the school term are asked to inform the school in writing of the dates they will be away.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
At the end of the 2015 school year, the School Board conducted a survey of parent opinions about Pilgrim School. Responses were received from 50% of our families
On the whole, all averaged ratings of Pilgrim School from our Parent Opinion survey were very positive and there were three questions where 100% of respondents agreed in the affirmative, including:
Many positive comments were received about Pilgrim School including: “musicals- great opportunity”, “camps- fantastic”, ”every year level at Pilgrim, the children have amazing teachers”, “all the staff at Pilgrim have a very kind nature and are all very consistent in their approach, which is very professional”, “I have appreciated my son’s teacher’s attitude towards understanding his personality and working with us to help him reach his potential”, “We are absolutely thrilled to be part of the wonderful Pilgrim community. Thanks to each and every one of you for making it such a special place”.
The Board and leadership of Pilgrim have been considering the details of feedback provided and many of these changes have already been implemented after reflecting on parent responses. These include:
Post School Destinations
Families choose to send their students to various secondary schools following their completion of primary education at Pilgrim School.
Their choice varies on finances, transport, the nature of the child and what schools have to offer.
The following is a list of schools that Year 7 students have moved on to in the past few years:
The school income by funding source : 2015
Funding Source %
Commonwealth Government 55%
State Government 13%
Tuition Fees 31%
The Finance Committee has competently overseen, on behalf of the School Board, the finances of the school. The audited statements for 2015 were completed by BDO Accountants in April 2015 and were provided to the School Board and to the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
There are a range of Policies covering the Learning, Operational, Personnel and Resource aspects of the school. Policies assist the school community to fulfil its role in a targeted, safe and legal manner.
Policies of particular interest to parents include:
Policies are available from the front office.