Principal Message

Nina McCabe, Principal, Hughes Primary SchoolA warm welcome to Hughes Primary School. Hughes Primary School is nestled in leafy grounds and provides an exemplary education to over four hundred and sixty students. Recent transformations have resulted in a dynamic, contemporary, colourful technology rich learning environment.

At Hughes, our mission is to create life-long learners who are committed to achievement, inclusion, resilience and respect.

Our Vision for Hughes Primary:

  • To develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in accordance with the Australian Curriculum, Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standard
  • To differentiate the curriculum and, through high quality teaching, meet the diverse and individual needs of all students
  • To build global citizens by celebrating the unique multicultural diversity in our community
  • To foster skills for lifelong learning, including positive attitudes, global values, effective communication, citizenship and empathy
  • To build respect for the environment and an understanding of local, national and global sustainability
  • To embed technology across learning experiences to promote confidence in an ever-changing digital world

Hughes Primary School has mainstream classes from Preschool to Year 6. We host the Southside Primary Introductory English Centre (SPIEC), and a Learning Support Unit.

Our motto ‘Learning for Life’ captures our commitment to ensuring students have the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to be active and informed citizens.

The teaching teams at Hughes have very high levels of pedagogical knowledge and skill, including expert knowledge of teaching strategies, to improve student learning and wellbeing. The curriculum is rigorous and there are high expectations regarding meeting the needs of individual learners. Ongoing professional learning of all Hughes staff is an important priority as is the development of a whole school reflective culture focused on improving classroom teaching.

A celebrated feature of our school community is the dedicated and enthusiastic support of our parent community. Families are welcomed to be involved in our school at whatever level they can to ensure all children have a rich school curriculum. In 2016 we were awarded the ACT Public Education Awards Outstanding Partnership of the Year for our partnership with Woden Community Services. This partnership has seen the successful model of English Conversation classes for our international parents. We will continue to build upon opportunities for partnerships in 2017..

Our school has four main values that underpin our work, our thinking and actions. We embrace the opportunity to actively promote our key values and beliefs. Our Care values are:

  • Courage
  • Achievement
  • Resilience
  • Encouragement

Please feel free to check out the following video which shows an insight into our dynamic, high energy learning environment that celebrates diversity, inclusion and wellbeing.

Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I'll understand.
Chinese Proverb


We invite current and prospective families to contact us if you would like to learn more about our programs or enrolment process.

Nina McCabe
Principal