About Leanyer School
Leanyer Preschool and Primary School aims to create and maintain a caring and stimulating learning community of staff, students and parents that has high expectations of all members, fosters lifelong learning and promotes local and global citizenship.
The following values guide the decisions and behaviours of all members of the school community:
Achievement - doing your best.
Curiosity - having a passion for learning
Respect - caring for yourself, others and the environment
Cooperation - working with and learning from others
Leanyer School is a large preschool and primary school in the northern suburbs of Darwin. The school’s enrolment of 530 students represents a culturally diverse mixture with about 34 different home languages, in addition to English. With approximately 21 primary classes and 4 preschool groups, the school also offers specialist staff and programs in Visual Arts/Media, Music/Dance and Physical Education. An onsite Supportive Learning Unit provides additional learning activities, programs and support for all students dependent on their learning, social and emotional needs. A Defence Transition Aide works across all classes to support students from Defence families as well as working across the school to foster and promote a cultural understanding of the place of the Armed Forces, locally and nationally, with both historical and more current perspectives.
Student learning is designed to ensure all students are challenged at their point of learning need and student groupings are flexible both within and across classes and teams of teachers dedicated to knowing and developing each child at their level. The school’s technology program provides access to laptop computers, notebooks, i-Pads, Interactive Whiteboards and a Bring Your Own Laptop program in the senior school.
The school is committed to catering for the individual learning needs, abilities and interests of students in a secure and caring environment. The school’s philosophy underpins teaching which encourages students to:
- be motivated, inquiring and independent learners
- achieve mastery of the essential learning standards aligned to the Australian Curriculum with particular emphasis on English and Mathematics
- develop decision-making, problem solving and critical thinking skills
- develop self-esteem, tolerance and respect
- develop individual learning goals and have a voice in the design of their learning experience
- develop leadership skills and operate effectively as part of a team
- use technology to enhance their learning.
Additional programs include Year 3-6 camps, Life Education, swimming, Gateways Perceptual Motor Program, Peer Support, Tournament of Minds and optional religious education. Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of enrichment and extension activities including: student leadership opportunities, instrumental groups through the NT School of Music, Green Tree Frog environmental group, Junior and Senior school choirs and interschool sport. An extensive After School and Vacation Care program operates with dedicated staff and quality programs ensuring active student participation, engagement and care.
Built in 1983, the school is set in expansive grounds which are well utilised by the school, our neighboring school and local community groups and individuals. The well maintained grounds, with established trees and gardens provide a range of outdoor spaces for learning as well as passive and active play. This includes undercover basketball and netball courts, a full size turf oval, private preschool gardens, play equipment and wading pool, three adventure playground areas and a range of quiet play outdoor areas including Gathering Goss – a private garden and sitting area with a small stage area for impromptu student performances.
The school is organised into four levels: Early Years (Preschool and Transition), Junior (Years 1 and 2), Middle (Years 3 and 4) and Senior (Years 5 and 6). The school is built in a series of modules which mostly house classes from the same level. An open-air assembly hall, stage, canteen, and physical education storage area was opened in 2012.
The professional contribution made to the school and the wider community by the highly committed staff team is widely recognised. In order to continually improve student learning, staff pursue ongoing professional development linked into their performance and development plans. All staff are engaged in the work of Professional Learning Teams which directly link into achieving the school’s Strategic Plan.
The school highly values the support and engagement of parents, carers, extended family members and the wider school community and engages with all members in partnership to improve student learning and personal development. Parents are involved in the life of the school with School Council and its Focus Groups which include Education, Finance & Facilities, Business and Community Partnerships.
The school manages enrolment pressure with a priority enrolment zone which includes both traditional local areas and new housing developments located nearby.