Girraween Primary School is located 40km southeast of Darwin in the rural area. At Girraween the whole child is valued so that emotional, social and academic needs are met. The school caters for students from Preschool to Year Six with an enrolment of 480 in 2019.
Girraween Primary School is located 40km southeast of Darwin in the rural area. At Girraween the whole child is valued so that emotional, social and academic needs are met. The school caters for students from Preschool to Year Six with an enrolment of 480 in 2019. Girraween's logo takes the form of an acacia tree, which is common to our area and has a pathway leading to it. It says that along our pathway there will be many choices to make or branches to take in order to achieve. Our motto 'Rising to the Challenge', supports our logo by recognising that there will be many different challenges to face along the way and that no matter the challenge we will grow; and the solid trunk of our learning will support us. The school has a set of clearly defined core values called the 'Seeds of Success'. They are respect, responsibility, personal best, care and fairness. Our teachers run evidence based, motivating literacy and numeracy programs. Literacy and numeracy progress is monitored closely with intervention and extension programs being implemented where required. We pride ourselves on having a strong reading culture and our library is a bright hub for the whole school. Programs are based on inquiry learning and students engage in many exciting, hands on learning opportunities to explore Science, History, Geography and Health through units of work. Sustainability is a key focus at Girraween with classes across the school being engaged in programs and small initiatives to make a difference. We work with the theme, ‘It matters what you do.’ Under this banner we have a worm farm, automatic lights, timers on our air conditioners, fridge monitors, paper recycling, compost bins and animal food collections. The school has a community farm and students study horticulture and agriculture as part of the Science and Geography program. In 2018 we raised two youn goats, Snowflake and Nibbbles. We have successfully raised many chickens and also sold eggs to help sustain our farm. Our vegetable gardens are watered from a large water tank teaching the students about water conservation. Students manage all parts of the process of the farm and develop strong understandings of the cycles and interrelatedness of sustainable practices. In 2010 and 2011 we won the Power and Water Melaleuca Awards for best sustainable practices in a school. In 2012 we we awarded the smart Schools Award for Excellence in Community Involvement and in 2013 we won the Junior Landcare Award. In 2017 we worked with Greening Australia on a Land For Wildlife project to rehabitate an area for the Australian Bush Rat. In the first round of planting students planted 88 trees. The school has an expanding music and instrumental tuition program. There are junior and senior choirs and the senior choir participates in the BEAT concert each year. Classes participate in the Rock and Water social and emotional program to build resilience. A dance night is held each year where students perform for their parents. Physical Education is another specialist program offered across the school and students in upper primary have the opportunity to participate in interschool sporting carnivals. Our annual athletics carnival will be held in May in 2019 and is a wonderful opportunity for families to get involved and cheer on the students. We have a well-resourced library and all students attend literature lessons. All classes have electronic whiteboards and students are taught to demonstrate their learning through technology using a bank of notebooks, i-pads, robotics and a computer lab. An active and supportive parent body supports the school in governance via the School Council as well as with fundraising. In 2018 the school council oversaw the addition of four new classrooms and a new sund system in the assemlby hall.The major focus of the school council in 2019 is to cover our second basketball court. A Before, After School Hours and Vacation Care program also operates on campus. As the only infrastructure in the area the school takes its responsibility as a community centre seriously. A playgroup runs each Wednesday, a music group for toddlers on Thursday and after school activities are in place. Girraween Primary prides itself on having a strong sense of community and parental involvement where students feel valued and have ownership of their school.