Larapinta Primary School is a modern, innovative and responsive primary school located on the western edge of Alice Springs. The school sits at the foot of Mount Gillen and boasts magnificent views. Staff at Larapinta Primary School focus strongly on a positive ethos and the development of meaningful policies that reflect current theory and best educational practice.
This has resulted in the school pursuing Visible Learning, the First Steps Maths program and effective assessment, recording and reporting techniques. Team teaching and dispersed leadership continue to be clear features of the school, with an ongoing emphasis on improvement and innovation in all areas of teaching and learning. The collection, analysis and action on school and system level data ensures the school is constantly monitoring progress and improving outcomes.
Intervention programs provide targeted support for students as required. These include both curriculum based programs such as Quicksmart Mathematics amd Minilit, and social-emotional programs such as Drumbeat. A standout Music program is provided to all students from Transition to Year 6. The school participates each year in the national 'Music Count Us In' programme. Senior students have the opportunity to access instrumental lessons through the Northern Territory Music School.
Physical Education is also a popular component of the Larapinta program. Students participate in a schoolwide daily fitness lesson, access visiting sports clinics, attend school sports and interschool athletics days and participate in various sporting carnivals. Swimming lessons are provided for students from Transition to Year 3. All teachers at Larapinta have trained in the BluEarth approach and incorportate this into their teaching.
From its early days as an ICT Lighthouse School, Larapinta continues to focus attention on learning technologies. All teaching spaces boast interactive whiteboards, there are computers in every classroom, MacBook and PC laptops and ipads for class use.
Parental engagement is a high priority for the school. An active School Council and Indigenous Parent Group are involved in decision-making and planning, participation and promotion of events such as Whole School Big Breakfast, Sports Day, and more. Approximately 47% of the student population is Indigenous. The school has a School Community Partnership Agreement - a commitment by the school and its Indigenous community to work together to better support the education of Indigenous children. Attendance, Community Engagement and Early Childhood programs are key to the agreement. In addition to incorporating Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum, the school observes events such as NAIDOC, Reconciliation Week and Harmony Day.
The achievement and wellbeing of every child is paramount at Larapinta and the school's motto 'Every Child a Success' drives all staff action and learning. Staff have identified the following values as important in their work together: Professionalism, Respect, Care, Compassion and Kindness, Fun, and A Fair Go for All. The 9 Values for Australian Schooling are promoted with students across the school. A sense of belonging and connectedness for students, staff and families is a key school focus. A strong sense of pride is tangible at Larapinta School from staff, students and families alike who all work together to ensure that every child is indeed a success.