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A Message from the Principal

Welcome to Rapid Bay Primary School!

I am delighted to extend a heartfelt welcome to all students, parents, and members of our community. Nestled on the stunning Fleurieu Coast, Rapid Bay Primary School is a truly special educational institution serving the vibrant communities in the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula Region. We take immense pride in our close-knit school community and the strong bonds we have formed with our families.

At Rapid Bay Primary, our vision is to cultivate self-directed learners who possess a strong growth mindset, empathy, resilience, and a readiness to embrace challenges. We are dedicated to equipping our students with the skills and mindset necessary to navigate the dynamic and ever-changing job landscape of the future. While academic growth and achievement are of great importance to us, we also place equal emphasis on developing well-rounded, compassionate citizens who will make positive contributions to society.

Our guiding principle is encapsulated in our statement, “Educating For The Future.” We strive to foster an unwavering curiosity among our students, underlining the fact that success is directly tied to effort. By connecting the curriculum to real-world contexts, offering student choice, promoting hands-on learning, and encouraging collaboration, we aim to ignite our students’ innate curiosity and lay the foundation for an innovative and knowledgeable generation.

At Rapid Bay Primary School, our dedicated staff and students live by our core values: Respect, Aiming high, Passionate, Inclusive, and Determined. These values form the bedrock of our expectations and shape our daily school life. We are firmly committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment where each child feels valued, supported, and empowered to reach their full potential.

We place great importance on forging strong connections with our broader community. Active participation in various community activities and events, such as tree planting, Clean Up Australia Day, local sports clubs, Christmas Carols, Kids Market, and the Cut it at the Cape lawnmower race, enables our students to engage with the world beyond our school walls and develop a sense of civic responsibility.

For parents and caregivers considering enrolling their children with us, we warmly welcome requests for tours of our school. This is an excellent opportunity to experience firsthand our vibrant learning environment and witness the dedication of our staff.

Once again, I extend a warm welcome to all new and returning members of our Rapid Bay Primary School community. Together, let us embark on an exciting educational journey, fostering a love for learning, nurturing character, and shaping the future leaders of tomorrow.

Warm regards,

Jen McArdle
Principal, Rapid Bay Primary School

Our RAPID Values


At Rapid Bay, we value respect and encourage our students to be kind and accepting of others’ differences. We foster a culture of inclusivity and teach our students to appreciate and embrace the diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives within our school community.

Aim High

We believe in setting high expectations for ourselves and our students. We encourage them to pursue their personal best in all aspects of their lives, whether it’s academics, extracurricular activities, or personal growth. We support and challenge them to reach their full potential.


We cultivate a passion for learning in our students. We encourage their natural curiosity and create an environment that ignites their eagerness for knowledge. We inspire them to ask questions, explore new ideas, and develop a lifelong love for learning.


Inclusivity is a core value at Rapid Bay. We celebrate diversity and recognise the importance of building an inclusive community where everyone feels valued and respected. We promote equal opportunities and foster a sense of belonging for all students, staff, and families.


We instil a sense of determination in our students. We teach them the value of perseverance, resilience, and the importance of never giving up. We encourage them to face challenges with a positive attitude and to embrace setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning.

These values serve as the foundation of our school community and guide our actions and decisions. They shape our interactions, relationships, and the overall culture of Rapid Bay Primary School. By embodying these values, we aim to empower our students to become compassionate, motivated, and responsible individuals who positively contribute to society.

At Rapid Bay Primary School, we are dedicated to providing an exceptional education and nurturing a positive, inclusive, and inspiring environment for our students. Our vision, mission statement, and motto reflect our commitment to empowering students and preparing them for a successful future.