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Ultimo Public School was established in 1880 and is situated on the southern fringe of the Sydney CBD and Darling Harbour. The school site underwent a complete redevelopment from March 2018 to March 2020, and operations commenced at the new state of the art school on Monday 16 March 2020.
The school population is comprised of 314 students from diverse cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. 69% of students are from language backgrounds other than English and 4% of students identify as Aboriginal. There are 42 languages and the most significant language groups represented are Mandarin (13%), Cantonese (8%) Japanese (7%), Indonesian (6%) and Korean, Thai and Arabic (4% each).
Student Learning is supported by various programs including English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D), Mandarin Community Language and our Gifted and Talented program for Years 2-6, which is based on the Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads. There are also many extracurricular groups (covering sports, dance, musical instruments and coding) that meet before and after school.
The school provides a positive, safe and nurturing environment where each student feels respected, supported and challenged to achieve individual excellence.
Students are educated by committed and professional staff members who work with integrity and enthusiasm to ensure students achieve their personal best across all areas of the curriculum. They are led and mentored by highly skilled Assistant Principals who inspire excellence.
A strong partnership between parents and the school is evident in the involvement of parents in many different aspects of school life. The school has also established links with many local businesses and organisations that warmly support its activities in a variety of ways. The school is a demonstration school for the Powerhouse Museum, involving students in regular museum visits to preview and assist in designing exhibitions.
Respect, cooperation, compassion and excellence are core school values. Our banner statement ASPIRE – ACHIEVE – AMAZE is ever present in our hearts and minds. We strive to make progress and maintain humility and perspective.