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Principal’s welcome

Welcome to Waraburra State School.  Our school prides itself on enhancing all students’ learning. Our goal is to have 100% of students at or above National Minimum Standards in literacy and numeracy. We also aim to have over 80% of students attaining a “C” or greater in English, Mathematics and Science.
 
In addition, our school programs focus on developing students’ social and emotional learning. We have implemented the Kids Matter Framework and PBL (Positive Behaviour Learning). We strive to create a positive and safe learning environment for all students.
 
Waraburra State School is situated in the township of Gracemere, on the western outskirts of Rockhampton in Central Queensland. We are a rapidly growing school community due to the many housing developments in Gracemere. We are very proud of our local heritage. Our school name comes from the language of the Darumbal people who are the traditional owners of this area.  The Wara (wild guava) clan (Burra) lived in the Gracemere vicinity. Our school symbol represents the wara flower and encompasses the four main groups in our school.  This is represented by four people holding hands – students, parents, staff and the wider community. At Waraburra State School we believe through working and learning together, we can build a strong school community.  To this end partnerships in learning are crucial to successful outcomes.
 
The Current enrolment is 505 students at the end of 2017.  Our programs cater for students in prep through to year 6.  We have an inclusive philosophy to support all students with their learning and development.
 
Our staff is very professional, committed and caring, dedicated to the task of educating our students.  Our curriculum is aligned with the Australian Curriculum and our staff demonstrates a commitment to ensuring quality teaching and learning occurring everyday within a safe, supportive school environment.
 
The school offers physical education, music, instrumental music, STEM and Japanese programs with specialist trained staff.  The school also offers students the opportunity to be involved in singing and signing choirs.  These groups perform in the local community including regular performances at the local aged care facility.  We encourage our students to participate in a wide range of cultural and musical events within the Gracemere Community.
 
Our resources and facilities are expanding commensurate with our rapid enrolment growth.  Two new buildings are being built to meet the needs of our growing student populate.  Significantly one of the highlights is the building of the ICT Innovation Centre.  The centre has enabled our school to work with students in multimedia and robotics as well as providing the opportunity for greater depth of student knowledge around science and mathematics.  The school also has a 25m pool located offsite.  Classrooms have electronic whiteboards and a wide range of technology devices to enhance student learning opportunities.
 
We work in partnership with our parents and community to enable all our students to reach their full potential.  The school utilizes the Positive Behaviour Learning framework to model and teach acceptable social and learning behaviours which are essential part of their learning for life.  This is integrated into our Responsible Behaviour Plan.
 
Waraburra State School is a uniform school conforming to the dress code and we encourage all our students to wear their full school uniform with pride.
 
It is a great honour to have the position of principal to lead this great school, which provides many rich opportunities for our students of Gracemere.
 
 
Mr J Jepson
Principal
Waraburra State School