Principal’s Message

Elizabeth Courtois

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Mawson Primary School. Mawson is a truly multicultural school, with students and families from many cultures and backgrounds. 68% of the student population is from a language background other than English.  Our school is the only primary school in Canberra that offers a comprehensive Mandarin / English language immersion program.

Our school strives to be an exemplary bilingual school that celebrates diversity and develops international mindedness and cultural awareness in all members of the community. Our commitment at Mawson Primary School is to create and maintain a safe, happy and student centered environment in which students are inspired to become lifelong learners. Our team of highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable teachers uses pedagogy based on evidence based best practice. Our focus at Mawson Primary School is on learning: learners knowing they are learners, what learning is and how to be a good learner. Our overarching philosophy is based on the Visible Learning work of John Hattie.

All our teachers work in close partnership with students and parents to ensure that everyone has opportunities for success. We aim to support all students to reach their highest level of personal achievement through high quality teaching and learning, self-discipline and responsibility. I am passionate about every student having the right to a quality education and constantly work towards ensuring this is the reality.

At Mawson Primary School we have high expectations for every child's learning but also place high importance on their social development. I encourage you to contact the office and arrange a time to meet me or the Deputy Principal, Laurel Rodrigues, so we can show you around our wonderful  school.

I look forward to meeting with you and your family.


Elizabeth Courtois