School Motto: STRONG & SMART
School Vision: LA GRANGE REMOTE COMMUNITY SCHOOL IS COMMITTED TO DEVELOPING
STUDENTS WHO ARE LITERATE AND NUMERATE AND WHO ARE RESILIENT LIFE LONG LEARNERS.
WE ARE RESPECTFUL OF SELF, OTHERS AND CULTURE AND EMPOWER STUDENTS TO MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES SO THAT THEY CAN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND BECOME RESPECTED MEMBERS OF BOTH THE BIDYADANGA AND WIDER COMMUNITY.
La Grange Remote Community School is situated in the Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community in the Kimberley region on Karajarri country south of Broome and north of Port Hedland.
Bidyadanga is the Karajarri language word for Emu, which means pijarta or bidyada. It means a place where an emu was killed.
The first European thought to have been seen by local Aboriginal people was the French explorer/navigator Baudin who sailed into what is now called La Grange Bay in 1802.
When people from the Nyangumarta, Mangala, Juwaliny and Yulparija country moved from the desert into Bidyadanga the Karajarri people accommodated these people into their country. Community members today still identify as being from one or more of the language groups.
Prior to 1982 a school was run by the the La Grange Mission and in that year the Catholic Bishop of Broome transferred the management of the school to the state government and the school now known as La Grange Remote Community School (RCS) was founded. Some of the buildings used in the time of the mission school are still on the school grounds today.
As the largest Remote Community School in the state, La Grange RCS caters to the educational needs of all school aged children in the Bidyadanga community and classes range from Pre Kindy (2 and 3 year olds)up to Year 12.
The school is broken up into 3 clusters of classrooms with early childhood, middle primary and secondary classes as well as an ICT/Computer laboratory, undercover sports area, a library and fully functioning and purpose built Home Economics, Design and Technology and Music Rooms. All classrooms have Interactive Whiteboards and at least 4 computers per room.
In addition to a strong commitment to developing the literacy and numeracy skills of its students, La Grange RCS offers a diverse range of specialist programs across all year levels including music, art, physical education and information technology.
A priority in the secondary area is Vocational Education and Training with students engaged in TAFE accredited courses delivered by lecturers from Broome each week as well as Aboriginal School Based Traineeships (ASBT's) and a variety of leadership courses run both at school and in Broome.
La Grange RCS excels in sports and takes part in a number of sporting competitions in Broome including football, netball and basketball.
The school is an integral part of the Bidyadanga community and 2 parent groups, the School Advisory Group and the School Council play active roles in the running of the school.