Broome Primary School (5712)

School Overview

Broome is located on the shores of Roebuck Bay in the Kimberley region of Australia. It is 2200kms away from Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. Broome has an interesting history based around the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry in the 1880s. This history has created a population that is a melting pot of Asian, European and Indigenous cultures. Broome is rich in Aboriginal culture and is the traditional home of the Djugun Yawuru people.

Students at Broome Primary School and their backgrounds reflect the traditional, historical and multicultural aspects of the Broome community as well as the growth associated with activities such as agriculture, tourism, the provision of services and small business. The school still has the original Broome school building built in 1901 in the centre of its grounds.

Broome Primary School has an enrolment of approximately 400 students from Kindergarten to Year 7. Students who attend Broome Primary generally live in the older part of Broome. Many of the staff, including our Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers, are experienced educators who have worked in the Kimberley region for a number of years.

The school, is built in traditional 'Broome - style' design, with wide wooden verandahs. Set in amongst lush tropical gardens, the school reflects the lifestyle and architecture for which Broome has become renowned.

Currently the school consists of 16 general classrooms. All rooms have a Smart board for easy access to Information Technology and several computers. There is also a library resource centre and computer laboratory, two pre-primary centres, a kindergarten, large covered basketball court, a covered assembly area and a canteen which runs five days a week.

The whole school participates in the You Can Do It! program which teaches social skills and values. We also have a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy, with a whole school plans in these areas. Intensive intervention and extensive is a feature throughout the school. Performing Arts is offered as a specialist subject. Apart from classes in music, drama and dance for all classes, the performing arts teacher also offers choir and the opportunity to be part of a band to interested students. Our Health and Physical Education program enables the children to participate in a range of outdoor activities as well as maintain fitness. Information Technology is explicitly taught to students from Years 1-7. All students participate in computer skills and cyber safety lessons each week.

The respect and inclusion of cultures is woven into all we do at Broome Primary. The Cultural Centre is a meeting place for parents. Through the Cultural Centre we build on the positive relationships we already have with many parents and Community agencies to nurture and foster the growth of our students academically, socially and emotionally.