Poseidon Primary is situated in the northern suburb of Heathridge and takes its name from the street of the same name. The school consists of an administration block, four teaching areas, a well-stocked purpose-built school library with a computer laboratory, and a specialist art/music block. There is a large covered assembly area that is used extensively for extra curricula activities, with a canteen that operates every day.
The twelve great gods of the ancient Greeks are known as the Olympians. The rulers of heaven and earth, together they preside over every aspect of human life. Poseidon is the god of the sea, and the school nomenclature reflects the Greek mythological theme.
Poseidon is the god of the ocean, rivers, flood and drought, earthquakes and horses. Able to gather clouds and call forth storms, Poseidon also has the power to grant a successful voyage and save those who are in danger. His weapon is a trident, which can shake the earth and shatter any object. He is second only to Zeus in power amongst the gods.
Mount Olympus, its summit snow-covered and hidden in the clouds, was in ancient times believed to be the highest point on earth, the hub of the universe, and the home of the gods.
Athena is one of the great divinities of the Greeks. She is the goddess of wisdom, knowledge, reason, intelligent activity, literature and art. She is also a goddess of war and the protector of heroes. The daughter of Zeus, she sprang full grown in armour from his forehead. She was his favourite child and was allowed to use his weapons including his thunderbolt.
Athena became the patron goddess of the city of Athens after a competition with Poseidon. They agreed that each would give the city one gift and the people would choose whichever gift they preferred. Poseidon struck the ground with his trident and a spring sprang up, but the water was salty. Athena offered them an olive tree. The Athenians accepted the olive tree, which could be used for food, shelter, firewood and decoration.
The gods divided the world among themselves and each ruled their portion. Poseidon received Atlantis, an island larger the Libya and Asia combined. He chose for a wife the mortal woman Cleito and with her began the royal family of Atlantis. She bore him five pairs of male twins. Atlas, the first son of the first set of twins, was made king, and his brothers were appointed princes.
Poseidon set down laws for Atlantis that the rulers were to follow. As long as they judged and lived by Poseidon’s laws, they and the kingdom prospered. Then the laws began to be forgotten. The rulers began marrying mortals and started acting like foolish humans. Pride overtook them and they began grasping for greater power. Zeus saw that the rulers had abandoned the laws of the gods and acted in an evil coalition as men. He assembled all the Gods of Olympus around him and pronounced judgment on Atlantis. The island was sunk beneath the ocean to punish the people for their immorality.
When the school was originally planned, the final location of Atlantis block was unknown, and so was named after the fabled lost city.
The Early Learning and Art & Music blocks were constructed together under the Building the Education Revolution program, and were named after the Olympian Twins, Artemis and Apollo.
Artemis is the goddess of the young and the patron saint of childbirth. She cures and alleviates the suffering of mortals, granting strength and health. Artemis is typically shown with a bow and arrow, representing the crescent moon and it’s silver rays.
Apollo is the god of music, poetry, dance, art, intellectual inquiry and prophecy. He also a god of healing who taught mortals medicine. Apollo is often associated with the sun, and is charged with the daily task of driving the sun across the sky in his chariot.
The school’s sports factions continue with mythological theme, with students belonging to the Antaeus, Oceanus or Triton faction.
Antaeus, the son of Gaia and Poseidon, was a giant with invincible strength. He challenged all passers-by to a wrestling match that he invariably won. That is, until he met Hercules ….
Oceanus was the predecessor of Poseidon as the ruler of the seas. The ancient Greeks believed he was the divine personification of the World Ocean, an enormous river encircling the world.
Triton was the son and herald of Poseidon. He is usually represented as a merman, with the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish, a fish-tailed sea god. Like his father, he carried a trident, but Triton’s special attribute was a twisted conch shell, which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves.