One Arm Point Remote Community School (5583)

School Overview

One Arm Point Remote Community School is in Ardyaloon (One Arm Point), an Aboriginal community on the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia.

We are respectful of self, others and culture, and are committed to developing students who are literate, numerate and resilient lifelong learners. We aim to help all students reach their full potential, with each one having the tools to make informed, considered decisions and also the skills and knowledge to find meaningful employment beyond their school years.

The local Bardi Jawi culture is embedded into our school curriculum in many ways including Bardi language lessons, a fortnightly cultural program, a school and community cultural camp and engagement with local service providers, such as the Jawi Rangers.

Our school has a dynamic staff from various backgrounds, including a number of local Aboriginal staff who provide integral knowledge and expertise regarding students and our school's unique context.

Strong relationships with the local community and local service providers form the base of a collaborative and targeted approach aimed at improving outcomes across the board and ensuring the children of Ardyaloon are given every opportunity to succeed.

Almost 100km of the 218km journey from Broome to Ardyaloon Community is unsealed road requiring a 4wd to access and its changing condition can have a broad impact on travel times. During the wet season, the road to Ardyaloon Community is often closed for days and sometimes weeks at a time.

Our priorities:

Early childhood - To provide the community with a regular 0 to 3 years of age program and extended Kindergarten times to 20 hours per week.

English - To follow a whole school approach and improve English skills and understandings for all students. Our particular focus is on the explicit teaching of all components of English, while maintaining an engaging and culturally relevant curriculum.

Mathematics - To improve the numeracy skills of all students and to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences catering to individual learning needs.

Attendance - To increase attendance rates across all years, but with a particular focus on Kindergarten and secondary school.

Secondary pathways - To offer secondary students relevant training and experience in career pathways available to them on country. VET studies are based around aquaculture and also include conservation and land management, small engine mechanics and hospitality.

Community Partnerships - To continue to work collaboratively with our school council, the Ardyaloon council, the local community and service providers in an effort to maximise wellbeing, attendance, social and academic outcomes for all students.

Culture - To continue to implement a consistent and meaningful cultural program and Bardi language program, with regular community input.

We have recently established a music program, a functioning manual arts room and program, a native plant nursery and also a high school common room. We are currently working on developing a football training program, a school radio program, a sustainable canteen and a school-wide fish appreciation program facilitated by the secondary school aquaculture students.

One Arm Point Remote Community School is a wonderful school in an amazing community situated in a remarkable part of Western Australia with a staff that is passionate, hardworking and committed to helping Ardyaloon students become strong, proud and resilient members of society and positive leaders of the future.

For more information please contact us on (08) 9192 4932 or visit our Facebook page.