As an Indigenous school owned and operated by an indigenous organisation, Djarragun is committed to delivering the standard of education long demanded by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait people of Australia.
Djarragun College is committed to ensuring every student is strong in literacy and numeracy. Our research shows the best way to deliver this is a program referred to as Direct Instruction therefore Direct Instruction is our method of teaching in primary and early secondary school.
There is a commitment to meeting all national curriculum standards both in vocational offerings and key learning areas. Djarragun will ensure every student with personal dedication and parental support can exit year 12 either into university, higher training or full time employment.
The individual success of every child is important to us and providing children with the best opportunity for a successful future is the commitment given by our teaching staff.
Celebration and preservation of cultural backgrounds of our students sits alongside this commitment in our club and culture program which enables students to explore contemporary cultural expression and high educational achievement.
The mission of Djarragun College is to deliver a ‘best of both worlds’ school education to Indigenous students by closing the academic achievement gap with mainstream students and supporting Indigenous children’s bicultural identity.
Our mission is to have every child:
· their family and community involved and engaged in education
· equipped with the literacy and numeracy building blocks in early childhood
· at or above the national minimum benchmarks for literacy and numeracy
· regularly engaged in their culture, sporting and artistic pursuits
· in a position to transition to a post-school option of vocational education and training, or higher education.
Our vision is that our children achieve their full potential, talent and creativity and have the confidence and capacity for hard work so they can orbit between two worlds and enjoy the best of both.
The values underpinning our vision are:
· High expectations and no excuses – raise the bar on learning and aim for mastery.
· Learning time is precious – there are no shortcuts to success.
· Personal responsibility – each person is accountable for their actions.
· Respect others and assign yourself – self-discipline and commitment will ensure achievement.
Get ready. Work hard. Be good
Term dates and school hours
School dates 2013
- 8.40am to 10.45am – Instruction
- 10.45am to 11.05am – Morning Tea
- 11.05am to 1.05pm – Instruction
- 1.05pm t0 1.45pm – Lunch
- 1.45pm to 3.15pm – Instruction
- 3.15pm to 5.00pm – Club and Culture
Djarragun College offers an expansive program that aims to identify and support students through an extended school day so students have access to and can participate in additional club and culture activities. This program is compulsory for all boarding students, voluntary for secondary day students and optional for primary school students. Bus transport is offered at 3.30pm and 5pm to transport children home.
Bells, toilets and drinks
- Students may arrive at school from 8am, but must remain within the School area so that they are supervised. Students that arrive at school late need to collect a late pass from the School office, otherwise they will be marked as absent.
- The bell is rung five minutes before the end of each break so that the students have time to get a drink and use the toilet before returning to class. Students should be discouraged from leaving the class during lesson times to get drinks and go to the toilet. If they have to go to the toilet, they must go one at a time and not be carrying any pencils or pens with them.
- The school day finishes at 3:15pm. The majority of students travel on buses. All staff must walk their students to the buses in orderly lines and supervise until all students have safely embarked.
- Parents picking up children should ensure that they do so by 3:30pm unless student is attending club and culture programmed activities. If this is not possible, they are asked to contact the school so that alternative arrangements can be made. All students remaining at school after 3.30pm will be expected to participate in Club and Culture activities.
- When driving into the school grounds, be aware that the speed limit is 10kph, which is walking pace. Please be considerate and ensure that you don’t double park or block the thoroughfare.
- Students who miss the morning Loves bus are required to attend school. We ask that parents/carers arrange alternate transport or us the Sunbus public service if their child misses the designated school bus.
There is a whole school Rewards Assembly on Friday afternoons at 2:45pm. Special awards and upcoming events are announced during this time. Parents are always welcome to attend.
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