Dawul Remote Community School (5691)

School Overview

Dawul Remote Community School is located 110 km southwest of Kununurra on the Great Northern Highway in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The school is situated on Doon Doon Station, an Aboriginal owned cattle station of approximately one million acres (formerly Dunham River Station). The population of Doon Doon varies, with as many as 40 adults and 25 children at times. It is an alcohol-free community and there is little need for policing in the community. It is generally a quiet place where people feel safe. Most students and community members speak Kimberley Kriol and the adults are competent SAE speakers. A specialised team of early childhood teaching staff, experienced remote community teaching staff and experienced Aboriginal Education Officers provide children with an engaging and culturally rich learning environment, providing education for all children in the community.

Dawul Remote Community School is a friendly and engaging environment where everybody strives to be the best they can be. With a 100% Aboriginal student population, a hands-on approach to a diverse range of subjects is offered. Since the program's inception in 2018, Dawul Remote Community School has been a part of the Kimberley Schools Project (KSP). As such, the four pillars of the KSP are of high importance to school operations, in particular the use of explicit instruction methods for teaching literacy and numeracy skills. The school also offers rich learning development in technology, science, geography, history, art, music, physical education, health and cooking. Many external programs are run throughout the school including Bluearth Health and Wellbeing as well as Garnduwa sporting programs.

Dawul Remote Community School holds full-time classes for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 and on three days a week, runs a popular program for 0-3 year olds. In teaching our students, we strive for high achievement and expect above 90% attendance from all students. The school prides itself on making every moment count as a learning opportunity and has a strong focus on student attendance through the use of incentive based programs. Our community plays a key role in the attendance and engagement of students through a strong School Community Partnership Agreement. The school and community support Year 7 students to transition to boarding at larger Kimberley towns or in other major centres around Australia. We continue to liaise with families whose children are away at high school and provide ongoing support.

Parents and community members are an integral part in the life of our school. They are welcomed to attend meetings, school assemblies, cultural workshops and are extra helpers during classroom lessons. The school is a major source of employment for the community and often provides opportunities for everybody to work together on collaborative projects to improve the school grounds and buildings. All planning and pedagogy at Dawul Remote Community School is underpinned by the Strategic Plan for WA Public Schools 2016-2019 and the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework. We are looked upon as being a caring community centred school that maintains high expectations and a safe learning environment. We are proud to be held in high regard by the Doon Doon Community.

Recent upgrades to our early learning classroom have provided students with a modern learning environment. Computers are available in every classroom and a daily physical education program is offered for students of all ages. A well-resourced library adjoins our administration block and our technology room houses robotics, digital equipment and iPads. Outside, we have an undercover area, shaded playground equipment and access to a basketball court. Students also have access to the beautiful community garden which provides fresh produce for cooking lessons. Doon Doon can be subject to extreme weather conditions. For this reason each building is equipped with air conditioners which aid in providing students and staff with a comfortable learning environment all year round.

For more information about our school, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

T: 9167 8978
E: Dawul.RCS@education.wa.edu.au