Namadgi School Information Night

Message from the Principal

Welcome to Namadgi School, a Preschool to Year 10 campus. As you read about our school, you will get a sense of our learning focus, the school philosophy of a P-10 setting, our core values and the opportunities on offer for students at Namadgi School.

Namadgi is an inclusive school with mainstream and special needs classes supporting learning opportunities for a range of students. Through differentiating curriculum tasks we approach learning opportunities with a student centred focus. Our facilities are modern and we have an improvement agenda to remain current with ICT infrastructure and 21st Century learning capabilities.

The Namadgi School values are; Learning, Caring, Respect and Positive Attitude. Our students, staff and community helped to shape these values and are explicitly taught through a Positive Behaviours for Learning (PBL) focus. As a school we value diversity and nurture social, cultural and academic differences. The Namadgi School P-10 setting means that students can grow and learn with their cohort from Preschool entry to Year 10 graduation.

During their time at Namadgi School students will be taught from the Australian Curriculum and have opportunities to engage in elective classes and excursions that support learning. These experiences include STEM and enrichment experiences, international excursions in the High School to Japan, sporting excursions with inter-school teams, outdoor education programs and camps as well as in-school experiences such as Kenny Koala and engagement with PCYC courses.

At Namadgi School we foster student leadership opportunities through peer support programs, Year 10 Captains, buddy programs and student representation on the School Board. Each student, as an individual, matters to us. Our Pastoral Care, Youth Worker, Indigenous Education Officer and early intervention programs are aimed towards assisting students with personal, academic and cultural growth. Our school counselling services support students and families. At Namadgi we understand what it means to be part of the community and strive to be a supportive hub within the Kambah community.

Some examples of what we have to offer in 2020 include:

  • A strong focus on literacy and numeracy based on catering for individual student needs through targeted support or extension;

  • International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) competitions for students in years 3-10;

  • Extension writing programs;

  • STEM Focused Learning;

  • International student support;

  • Student Representative Council and Year 10 Captains and Leaders organising charity and community events;

  • One of the broadest language offerings in the ACT – core Japanese language plus 30 other languages offered through online learning courses;

  • Year 5 band, High School Concert Band, and a partnership with the Tuggeranong Valley Band;

  • Dedicated music rooms and two dance studios;

  • Whole school sports including athletics, cross-country and swimming carnivals;

  • Rostrum public speaking competition;

  • Computer coding in primary and secondary;

  • A broad electives program in the High School including woodwork, metalwork, food technology and specialist programs such as dance;

  • Arts programs including Limelight, Dance Fest;

  • An ACT leading school in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program;

  • A before and after-school care program, and a holiday care program operates out of the school facilities.

Namadgi School provides flexible, modern, high quality and environmentally sustainable facilities that support the learning of our growing community. I look forward to meeting prospective families and bookings can be made through our front office.

Gareth Richards

Principal Namadgi School