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Parent Information

At Alawa, we believe the parent's role in a child's education is crucial. We welcome any efforts from parents to communicate and get in touch with the school so that we can work together to maximise your child's development at school and beyond.

We have a range of handbooks available, and over time we will be developing our policies which will be endorsed by the School Council. The Parent Prospectus has been prepared by our school as an introduction and to provide information on the operation of Alawa Primary School. The School operates under the auspices of the School Council, established under the Education Act as the governing body of the School.


Xuno Parent Portal

This App is used as a formal communication tool to provide information regarding all events and general information regarding the school eg Weekly notices re standard events, assembly, playgroup, house shirt days & newsletters. Anyone can join the Alawa Xuno Parent Portal to get all events and notifications. Ask at the front office for further information or refer to page 2 of the handbook.

Class communications

Class Dojo For Transition to year 2, is the way we communicate with parents about what is happening in our classroom. It is how we celebrate and share student learning and encourage positive student behaviour. The classroom teacher will provide you with information at the beginning of the year on how to join and be involved


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News, Events and School Newsletter

Check out all the latest news and events and download the latest newsletter.

School Council

School Council Members 2024




Mary Finlay-Doney

Vice Chairperson

Erica Garcia




Daryl Lehmann

Parent Representatives

Jenni Miettinen


Stephanie Cockfield


Catherine Miles


Gabe Jackson

 Aleesha Rutledge
 Roxanne Ordonez

Preschool Representative

Queenie Chiu

Teacher RepresentativeEd Horigan
PrincipalSandy Cartwright

Invited members

Elsa Gittins


Joel Bowden MLA


Rachel Barnett

 Sharon Jennings
 Adnan Mustafa

School council policies:

Code of Conduct

Confidentiality Agreement

Confidentiality Council Policy

Standing Orders Policy

School Times

It is very important for students to be on time for school.

School times for Primary and Preschool are listed below.


Primary Times

  • Start 8:30
  • Recess 10:30-10:55
  • Fruit Break 12:00-12:10
  • Lunch 1:00-1:40*
  • Finish 2:50

*Staff supervise eating for the first 10 minutes to ensure all children are taking time to eat the lunch provided

Preschool Times

Red  Group

Monday and Tuesday

  • Start 8:30
  • Finish 2:50


  • Start 8:30
  • Finish 11:30
Blue Group


  • Start 8:30
  • Finish 11.30

Thursday and Friday

  • Start 8:30
  • Finish 2:50

The Uniform Shop

The NT Government's Compulsory School Uniform Policy requires that all students in Northern Territory Government schools from Transition to Year 9 wear an authorised school uniform whilst on school premises and when attending official school activities during and after school hours.

The compulsory requirement for students to wear a school uniform is intended to address health and safely considerations, minimise clothing cost burdens for parents, promote a positive school image and eliminate social pressures on students to keep up with fashion and brand names.


  • To promote equality amongst all students
  • To further develop a sense of pride in, and identification with our school
  • To comply with the DET Uniform Policy and the school Sunsmart policy
  • To maintain and enhance the positive image of the school in the community

Alawa Uniform

The school uniform consists of:

  • A collared polo shirt or long sleeved sun smart shirt
  • Black shorts or skorts
  • Summer dress
  • Enclosed footwear or sandals with back strap
  • Bucket hat
  • House shirt on Friday only

Uniform Price List

Polo shirt / Long sleeved sun smart shirt$40.00
Black short with logo$25.00
Black skort with logo$30.00
Summer dress $70.00
Bucket hat$17.00
Wide Brimmed Hat$18.00
Backpack with logo$28.00
House/sports polo shirt    $40.00
Preschool polo shirt$30.00
Water bottle $5.00
Wrist band [house colours]$2.00
Book -First Year at school essential tips for parent and carers (available for families and carers of Transition students)$15.00


Alawa Playgroup aims to strengthen relationships within our Alawa community and provide support to families throughout the year.

Our playgroup program is based on the Early Years Learning Framework and caters for families with children from 0-4 years. We support parents/carers to become actively engaged with their children in activities as well as make connections with other families. Throughout the year we connect families with Alawa Primary School staff, facilities and programs to ensure the transition from playgroup to preschool is a positive one.

Alawa Playgroup runs every Friday morning in the preschool room throughout the school term between the hours of 9:30-11:30am. Each session cost $4.00 and that covers tea, coffee and a biscuit for parents and consumables. Our playgroup coordinator is Aleesha Rutledge. 

Before and After School Care

Alawa Primary School After School Care options

The following are possible before and after school care options for students attending Alawa Primary School.

1. Brat Pack provides after-school care and vacation care programs provided at their offsite facility located at Malak Primary School. Information on Brat Pack is available from the School or via their website. Parents should arrange after school care directly with Brat Pack.  


2. Outside School Care NT based at Wulagi Primary School has both before and after-school care and vacation care programs provided. Their service caters for children aged Five to Thirteen  years or if a child is Four years and starting school in February and are turning Five  before July that year. Parents should arrange care directly with Outside School Care NT. 

Outside School Care enrolment form     Outside School Care handbook       

3. The Darwin Language Centre (DLC) located in Ludmilla offers language classes from children 5 years and older. The Centre will provide a bus/transport where there are 9 or more children from one school attending. The Centre provides a snack and supervision at the Centre for children up to 4pm. Classes are from 4pm – 6pm. Further information can be found on their website.



Counselling Service

Alawa Primary School fully supports access to counselling for students and families through a range of services and support.

Families are encouraged to contact Catholic Care and make an appointment.


Our volunteers are essential to the program and without them it really could not run. We would like to thank all those involved in the program and those who have helped in the past.

We encourage anyone who would like to take part to contact us at the school: alawa.school@education.nt.gov.au or phone and leave a message with the school office 89977666

To volunteer with your child's farm or kitchen lesson please fill out our online form by clicking on the 'volunteer here' button below. 

Volunteer PolicyVolunteer Here


Please read the following link in regards to Alawa and allergy awarenessRead allergy awareness
We seek volunteers for our kitchen, garden and farm programs.Read VOLUNTEER POLICY
Alawa Primary School is a SunSmart schoolRead SunSmart policy
Wellbeing policyread wellbeing policy
View the SunSmart websiteView the SunSmart website
Mobile phone policy                                                       View the mobile phone policy

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