White Gum Valley was once an important meeting place for Aboriginals and the adjoining Booyeembara Park is reputed to be the birthplace of the famous Aboriginal, Yagan. In more recent times it was inhabited by Australians and post Second World War migrants from Italy and Central Europe. The school was established in 1901 and the original heritage structure has been retained. Much of the history of the school is on display in the foyer.
In recent years several classrooms have been added including a purpose built Pre-Primary area and a teaching block that includes an Art room. The Hazel Orme Community Kindergarten, although managed by the school, is located on a separate site. The building is owned by the Fremantle Council.
The school also has onsite, a Play Group building which has been made possible through shared funding with the Fremantle City Council and the Education Department. It also houses the Horizons Before and After School Care facility.