At Girraween Primary School our students range from preschool to year 6. They are all members of a learning community where parents, staff and students strive to provide learning experiences that help them develop life-long skills; academic, social and physical whilst building understandings of their place in the world as global citizens. Our school values are called the Seeds of Success and all members of the community are expected to follow them; they are respect, responsibility, care, fairness and personal best. Our motto is ‘Rising to the Challenge’ and we do this every day as we strive to reach our learning goals. We work with our learning powers curiosity, commitment, creativity and collaboration. These are dispositions that ground us in good learning and are embedded in building our culture of learning.
We have a strong reading culture with a very well equipped library that is staffed by a teacher who guides students to find the perfect book to feed their reading habits. We believe that meaning making is at the core of all literacy instruction and teach strategies explicitly using quality literature to help children connect all aspects of the reading and writing process. Students are given opportunities to read, write and speak for authentic purposes and their progress is monitored closely with intervention, extension and enrichment being implemented as required. As a principal, I love reading to the whole school and take every opportunity to enjoy stories with children.
We teach students to work with maths strategies to solve problems and use number talks to help them articulate their developing understandings of concepts. All classes are well equipped with hands on resources and materials to assist learning. Our classes utilise interactive TVs and whiteboards and children use i-pads, laptops and robotics equipment to develop their digital technology skills. We believe that technology is a tool to demonstrate learning not as an end in itself.
We value inquiry learning for all students and aim to develop a sense of wonder and curiousity in our learners. Play is important and in our early years classrooms, students learn as they play in guided or self-initiated inquiries. All students explore Science, History, Geography and Health through inquiry based units of work and demonstrate their learning using their literacy, numeracy, artistic and technological skills. The Arts are melded through the curriculum and students have the opportunity to join choirs from year 3 and to have instrumental lessons from year 4. We all dance together at our annual dance night and it is very exciting to watch the growth in confidence and skills in the students.
Students across the school participate in physical education programs. Preschool and Transition children participate in a Sensory Motor program with teachers and parents singing and exercising with them. All children learn physical skills in the Physical Education program and in the year they turn ten they can try out for interschool sports teams. Girraween kids are active and love to play games and to take on physical challenges such as the ‘marathon’ running challenge each dry.
I often describe our school as the hidden gem of Northern Territory education. We are fortunate to be located in the rural area and to be ringed by natural bush. Our grounds provide many different areas for imaginative and physical play and learning. Our farm with resident chickens and goats and an extensive vegetable garden give the students opportunities to show responsibility and to relax and refresh by interacting with the natural world. Our whole school recycling program sees students sorting rubbish, composting and reusing materials. Sustainability projects are shared with the wider community at our annual Field Day which is open to the community.
Girraween Primary has a managed enrolment policy and students must live in our feeder area to attend. If you need clarification about whether you are living in our zone, please contact our administration staff and they will check the maps for you.