Wagaman Primary School (WPS) is a small urban primary school in the Northern Suburbs of Darwin. It has an enrolment of approximately 300 students. The student population is very diverse with approximately 50% of our population being of ESL background, including 24% indigenous. We have approximately 32 staff including senior staff, classroom teachers, Special Education teacher, Literacy Support teachers, Health and PE teacher, a Teacher Librarian, an AIEW and a number of para professionals.
Wagaman School is a facility with extensive grounds. It comprises four wings, with a mix of single classrooms and semi-open multi-class areas, as well as specialist rooms for music, performing arts, fine arts and a computer laboratory. The building revolution has provided us with a new library, conference room, teacher resource room and music/meeting room.
WPS provides quality Preschool to Year 6 education for a diverse and multi-cultural community. To address issues arising from the school and community context, and to meet the needs of the students, the school has embraced the Tribes Learning Community Process which sees all staff, parents and students engaged in working together to provide the best possible culture to maximise learning and positive development. Collaborative planning and teaching is highly valued and encouraged as a means to further the professional learning community.
WPS has initiated, developed and/or taken part in a number of innovative educational projects and programs. Some of these programs include: KidsMatter; Rock and Water; ArtStories; the Australian Developmental Curriculum; the QuickSmart Maths Program; an Instrumental Music Program in conjunction with the NT School of Music; the BEAT choir; the Engaging with Asia Program and Languages across the school; Early Entry to Transition; the Early Years Learning Framework forging links between childcare and preschool; and a number of early intervention programs such as ELF and PAL. Due to the success of many of these projects, Wagaman School has received local and national accolades and is often approached by other schools and institutions to act as a model for best practice.
The school continues to promote a sense of community and belonging. Wagaman School regularly encourages and involves parents and the community in decision making and other celebratory events. The school's motto of Making a Difference continues to be the driving force behind many of our innovative and engaging learning opportunities.