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Principal’s welcome

Welcome to Waraburra State School. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our ‘learning for life’ school. I trust you will know a little more about our wonderful school after exploring our site.

Waraburra is situated in the township of Gracemere, found 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 links to the local heritage. Our school name comes from the language of the Darumbal people who are the traditional owners in the broader Rockhampton area.

The Wara (wild guava) clan (Burra) lived in the Gracemere vicinity. We continue to foster awareness and understanding through Darumbal language and culture lessons for our students in years 1 - 2. Our school symbol represents a visual image of the wara flower, but also encompasses the four main groups to our school, 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. Partnerships in learning are crucial to a successful outcome.

The enrolment currently sits at 465 students at the end of 2012. Our programs cater for prep to year 7 with a Special Education Unit providing support for special needs students.

Our staff is a very professional, committed and caring team, dedicated to the task of educating our students. Our curriculum is aligned with the Australian Curriculum, and our staff continues to maintain a high expectation for quality teaching and learning occurring everyday in a safe, supportive classroom.

Reading is our focus. We know the ability to decode and fully understand what you read is a skill crucial throughout life and enables a child to access all subject areas. Consequently, this is our School Improvement Agenda and is supported as a priority throughout the school.

The school offers specialist physical education, music, instrumental music and Japanese programs with specialist trained staff. The school also offers students the opportunity to be involved in singing and signing choirs which actively support our local community including regularly performing at the local aged care facility. We encourage our students to participate in a wide range of cultural and local events.

The Waraburra staff includes a band of support personnel providing services to the students with a full time teacher-librarian, learning support teacher, guidance officer and behaviour support teacher providing regular weekly support to the school. We look forward to welcoming a school chaplain for two days of the week in 2013.

Our resources and facilities are expanding in line with our rapid enrolment growth with two new buildings to be installed ready for the beginning of the 2013 year. The school also has a 25m pool located offsite to the school. Classrooms are all filled with electronic whiteboards and a wide range of technology devices to enhance student learning opportunities.

Our ambition is to work in partnership with our parents and community to enable all our students to reach their full potential. The school utilizes the Positive School Wide Behaviour (PSWB) framework to model and teach acceptable social and learning behaviours as an essential part of their learning for life, and is integrated into our Responsible Behaviour Plan (PDF, 453 KB).

Waraburra State School is a uniform school conforming to the dress code (PDF, 67 KB), and we encourage all our students to wear their full school uniform with pride.

It is a great privilege to be a part of the growth of our young people into citizens of the future, and I am very proud to lead this great school community at Waraburra State School. I look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful school in the near future.   

Mr J. Jepson. 

Principal of Waraburra State School