Posted on 04 February, 2016

IPS (Independent Public School) update Durack School

DURACK PRIMARY SCHOOL: An Independent Public School (IPS)

Durack Primary School became an Independent Public School following a rigorous selection process late in 2015

Independent Public Schools are being introduced in the Territory as part of greater school autonomy. This is a joint initiative by the Northern Territory and Australian Governments, to give school communities a greater say in the way schools are administered and education programs delivered.

IPS schools will continue to be part of the public school system and therefore will work to the same legislative and industrial frameworks as all schools. However they will have greater autonomy to work flexibility to deliver their services needed for their school community in the ways they need.

For example, they will have greater flexibility to recruit staff, and they will have different governance arrangements that reflect their direct accountability to the Chief Executive.

Durack Primary was chosen as an IPS because we demonstrated a capacity for innovation and leadership. We will determine what is right for us and remove barriers that impact the way we can operate.

To date at Durack, we have initiated a number of programs to enhance our educational delivery

These include:

  • Introduction of Japanese language programs
  • Extension programs for identified students.
  • Expanded our Physical Education programs by introducing golf and tennis tuition
  • Before School Care for students.
  • New school website.
  • Employment of an administrative support assistant to assist with the administrative load in relation to IPS initiatives.

In addition there are a number of initiatives that are in the planning stages which we will keep parents informed of.

The next step for the current School Council is to transition to form a School Board.

As the current School Council Chairperson, I will keep parents and stakeholders informed of this process via the weekly newsletter and our school web-site.

Wally Mauger

School Council Chairperson

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Posted on 04 April 2017

Crocwise Information Sessions

Crocwise Information Sessions

We live in Crocodile Country! On Thursday and Friday of Week 8, students across the school participated in Crocwise sessions delivered by Parks & Wildlife. Tim Porter talked about the dangers of local waterways and how to be safe in these areas. This is especially important given the recent capture…

Posted on 01 February 2017

School Evacuation 1st February 2017

Parents and Guardians, Durack Primary School received a bomb threat this morning. We immediately put in place our emergency management plan as a precaution, including the evacuation of all staff and students. NT Police attended the school. Once the school was cleared of any threat, students and staff returned to classes and school programs resumed. Parents are to be assured that all students are safe and do not need to be collected from school. If you have any enquiries relating to this matter, you can contact our school on (08) 8997 7555. Kind regards, Jo Jefferson Principal

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