Lobethal Primary School welcomes and includes all students with diverse interests, backgrounds and learning needs. We emphasise respect and care for others, and encourage our students to take an interest in learning about and responding to problems that are meaningful to themselves and their community. Students are supported and challenged by committed and professional educators to work collaboratively and resourcefully to find solutions to real-world problems.

School academic priorities include the fundamentals – Maths, STEM and English – and we place great importance on fostering our students’ creativity and critical thinking skills across all disciplines. 

Connecting with nature

Surrounded as we are by the beautiful Adelaide Hills countryside, Lobethal Primary School places great importance on developing in our students a sense of respect for and connection with the natural world. Our outdoor classroom comprises ‘The Pines’ nature play space, frog pond, vegetable patch, mud cob oven, chickens, worm farm, fruit trees and a small amphitheatre. All students access the outdoor classroom with the school’s expert gardening instructor to plant, harvest, sample and cook produce from the garden. 

Lobethal Primary School is a Reception to Year 6 School located in the Adelaide Hills on the traditional lands of the Peramangk people. We acknowledge the deeply spiritual connection their people have with Country and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.

Lobethal Primary School was established in 1857 on Main St and moved to its current location halfway up the picturesque valley’s western slope, in 1903.

As is the case with many small country schools, Lobethal Primary is a cornerstone of the town’s civic life and we maintain strong collaborative relationships with organisations, businesses and individuals throughout the local community. Our diverse school family prides itself for being friendly, inclusive and supportive. 

Philosophy and Values

At Lobethal Primary School we cultivate the values of excellence, respect, resilience, independence and responsibility, which are reinforced and applied in practice at every opportunity through the School’s activities and celebrations. 


Cultivating intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills and resourcefulness encourages our students to aim high and strive for excellence in everything they do, developing confidence, pride and satisfaction in their achievements.


Respect and empathy – for self, others, property and the environment – is central to developing the skills and understanding required for building healthy relationships and productive lives.


Through building resilience, students develop optimism, emotional confidence and the ability to compromise and take risks, both of which are crucial in preparing for the future in an ever-changing world.


Fostering independence encourages students to be naturally inquisitive, have the confidence to manage their own learning, and to develop essential life skills.


Instilling a sense of responsibility from a young age enables our students to learn how to make appropriate and effective decisions that result in positive outcomes for themselves and others.