From its inception, the school has enjoyed a reputation for quality education combined with a sense of community. This continues to be embodied in Our School Philosophy. Walkerville counts amongst its former pupils Ross and Keith Smith who pioneered the flight from England to Australia in the Vickers 'Vimy' in 1919, Dr FL Thyer who won a Rhodes Scholarship in 1924 and Miss Aileen Ingelby, who in 1970, became the second woman admitted to the Bar in South Australia.
The suburb of Walkerville was one of the first settlements near Adelaide and was described as a 'superior village, having many genteel residences and beautiful gardens'. The colonists found it commanded 'lovely views of the hills and plains and within easy reach of the waters of the River Torrens'. Walkerville was 'lightly covered by wattles, pines and peppermints and stately gums'.
Staff, students and parents have worked together to articulate a vision for our school, which is: "Achieve personal excellent in a team enviornment" We aim to accomplish this vision by developing:
Underpinning our vision is a strong set of values, which throughout our history have embodied our approach to education and to the sense of community responsibility we develop in our children, our staff and our parents.
These core values — Care, Cooperation and Commitment are deliberately and purposefully reinforced in our school logo, on our uniforms and of course in every form of school activity.