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Principal's Message

Sandy CartwrightAlawa Primary School enjoys an excellent reputation in the northern suburbs. It has a tradition of achievement in academic, cultural and sporting activities. Alawa is on a continual journey of school improvement; this journey ensures the academic and intellectual rigour of the learning programs maintain their high standard.

Our school community’s vision facilitates our emergence as a learning organisation within a learning community that responds in innovative ways to the educational needs of all. Children are the starting point and focus for our strategy about the future of the school – what they should know, understand, value and be able to do as a result of the education we provide.

The teaching and learning programs at Alawa are planned to cater for the individual; their needs, learning styles and interests. At Alawa, we put student learning outcomes first and have very high expectations of achievements. We see our role as empowering our students through helping them to gain knowledge – knowledge of facts, skills, processes and attitudes. Knowledge of skills that they will need to acquire if they are truly to be life long learners.

We have a clear focus on lifelong learning outcomes for students, which is underpinned by an environment of positive behaviour support based on clear expectations about behaviour in and around the school: respect, encouragement, personal best and pride.

The school has a ‘no tolerance’ policy for bullying and harassment in line with the Safe Schools NT Framework. There is an expectation that all staff, parents and students respect the rights of others at all times. We encourage your support in this policy.

It is my belief that you are a critical part of your child’s education at school. You are your child’s first teacher and I encourage you to continue the next part of the learning journey with the school. I believe in an open door policy and encourage you to be curious about what is happening in the school environment. There are many ways you can be involved in the school, including attending and being part of School Council, helping out with the occasional working bee and assisting in many different ways in the classrooms. I would encourage you to get to know your child’s teacher. Feel free to make an appointment to see them or stop by as you drop your child off at school.

I look forward to working with you and your family over the coming year.

Sandy Cartwright