Light Pass Primary School

Light Pass Primary is a small R – 6 school situated in the beautiful Barossa Valley. 

The school is located 3 km outside of Nuriootpa between Penrice and Kalimna Roads.  It is not a zoned school, and as such has openings for enrolments for students living outside of Light Pass.

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About Our School

We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a quality, supportive learning environment where student wellbeing is constantly maintained and enhanced in line with our values of caring, success and responsibility.  We are continuously exploring ways to facilitate student improvement and education equity, students are encouraged and supported to take on challenges, to take risks and learn from mistakes. As a small school, our class sizes are kept small enabling teachers to provide a comprehensive learning program which caters for the learning needs of all students.

The school employs a Pastoral Support Worker two days a week to further support students and their families. There is a history of strong family and community involvement and support of the school.   

The community is especially enthusiastic about our transition program. Students at Light Pass combine with other small schools in the area for sports and arts performances as well as the high school transition program.  

There is a very strongly supported Playgroup for pre-school children operating on Friday mornings. Lots of fun activities are planned and, where possible, link to school events. New pre-schoolers and their parents, grandparents or carers very welcome.

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Arts and Culture

We have an active school choir that participate in the Primary Schools Festival of Music every year. The Primary Schools Festival of Music, an official state icon, is a public school-based music education program which is a collaboration between the Department for Education and the SAPPS Music Society, which gives all SA public primary students the opportunity to perform at a prestigious venue. Students from Years 4-7 are able to join the Choir, with students from Years 5-7 attending the Festival of Music. Our School Choir also perform throughout the year at our assemblies and other venues.

The Festival of Music 2019

We are also visited by Footsteps dance Company every second year, where students participate in a dance programme for 5 weeks.


We hold camps for Reception to Year 7 students in various environments every 2 years. These usually involve adventure and outdoor recreation activities with a focus on our environment.

Every second year we also attend the Dream Big Festival at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. All students really enjoy these activities.

During the year, classes may go on additional excursions locally and into the broader community, depending on the educational outcomes to be addressed.

Interoception/The lair

Interoceptive awareness can be broadly defined as the conscious perception of internal bodily cues such as heartbeat and breathing and is related to emotional experiences. Having interoceptive awareness is key in having self-regulation skills. Here at Light Pass PS, we teach interoceptive awareness daily in our classrooms, as well as in small groups in our Interoception classroom: The Lair (Learning and Interoception Room). This room is also accessed by students throughout the day when they need to ‘reset their calm’.


Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) is provided through the Happy Haven.  Happy Haven provides quality care (regular, occasional and emergency) for primary school children.  The Happy Haven van transports students accessing the program between Light Pass Primary School and the Happy Haven program.  Students can access Before and After School Care and the Holiday and Pupil Free Day programs.  For more information on the Happy Haven program, go to or phone 81555444.

Pastoral Care Worker

We are very fortunate to be funded for a Pastoral Care Worker through the Schools Ministry Group. Debbie Stansborough has been our PCW since 2008 and works in conjunction with our teachers to support students and families. Debbie runs several programs and activities within the school, including Gardening Club, Cooking Club, Meditation Group, Year 7 Transition, Boys Group and Girls Group. Debbie also coordinates our Student Representative Council (SRC) in their fundraising and sustainability efforts.


Light Pass Primary School has an active Playgroup which is held every Friday of the school term from 9:00am-11:00am.

The Light Pass Primary School Playgroup provides young children with the opportunity to participate in creative and unstructured play experiences.  Learning through play is essential for the child’s development, exploration and understanding of the world. 


The older students get many opportunities to participate in SAPSASA (SA Primary Sport Association SA) sport competing against other schools in the state. In 2019 we had representatives in athletics, cricket and cross country.
Our Year 5-7 girls participated in Crows Cup Football Carnival in the Riverland.
Every year we join with other schools – Palmer PS, Keyneton PS, Mt Pleasant PS, Cambrai PS and Springton PS to have a Combined Schools Sports Day. These are a lot of fun!

We hold swimming lessons every year for students in Reception to Year 5 at The Rex in Tanunda. Year 6/7 students participate in an aquatics day at West Lakes Aquatics in Term 4 which involves a variety of aquatic activities such as kayaking, surfing and snorkelling.

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External Review Report


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Contact us

Principal: Melanie Leslie

Phone: (08) 8562 1024
Fax: (08) 8562 1389

Address: 395 Light Pass Rd, Light Pass SA 5355
Postal Address: PO Box 36, Light Pass SA 5355

Education Office: Barossa
Partnership: Barossa

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Light Pass Primary School

395 Light Pass Rd, Light Pass SA 5355

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